In the Craft Room 15th March 2014 – The Art of Zentangle – Lesson 3

Continuing  with this month’s theme,  The art of Zentangle®.

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. and you can learn more at

Our homework from last week was to use was to use Tanglepattern string 092 and patterns, aquafleur, mooka, huggins and cubine


As you can see we are one short this week, Poor Lisa has had to give up her crafty afty session this week to spend some time with hubby as we are at GNPS in Harrogate all day Sunday, which is a lot more important, lol, and we have made sure she doesn’t miss out. Lisa now just has double homework this week to catch up


This week for our first tile Jenna chose Tanglepattern string no 86, only this time she drew the string over all 6 tiles which she numbered on the back and we had to draw a number to sort which tile we got (no choosing allowed)


And to fill our tiles Jenna showed us the “step outs” for the following patterns, Paradox, Quandry, Echo and Finery (the details and step outs for all the patterns can be found  at Tangle


This was a really interesting exercise, as although it was just the one  string connecting all our tiles, we still treated our tiles  as individual tiles and just did what we wanted (using the named patterns), but the end result was really surprising.


As you can see it didn’t matter and in some cases even the patterns followed through into the next tile. This is a really good group exercise and fun too

What amazes me each time we do this is that, even though we are all using the same 4 patterns, we all interpret the patterns  in a different way.

Coffee break, and this week its another group favourite, cherry cupcakes. The recipe is on my cupcake page only this time I omitted the amaretto  topping in favour of vanilla as thought we would need  to keep a clear head  for the rest of the session.


Time for 4 more patterns and these are featherfall, fescu, sandswirl and knightsbridge, we are certainly building up a variety of patterns now and some like featherall, not so easy to do.


The string – Jenna’s instructions were to “create own string”  Yeah right, it is so much easier when you are just given one to fill in. Now I know why there are all the strings on


This is my attempt and to be honest I am actually really pleased with it. I still have a way to go with my line work, shading and colouring in (everything really) but after 3 lessons? I don’t think its that bad.

The rest of the group are finishing theirs as homework so I will show how they got on with theirs next week.

Jenna has also asked us to  complete a piece of artwork, using some the 24 patterns we have learnt to date with either tiles, picture template or a mandala, that we would like to frame as  Jenna will be showing us how to  mount it and Zentangle® a border  in our final session.


You can see more of Jenna’s art work on her blog, and all the tangle patterns mentioned, and many more, can be found on . If any one would like to have a go this is a great place to start.

Thank you for reading


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