If you’ve been following the wonderful Tanglepatterns.com site, then you probably know that Linda has just recently issued a fantastic resource to folks who’ve made a donation to the site: a pdf (complete with links) of most of the patterns collected on the site. I find Linda’s site to be a wonderful collection of tangle patterns, with not just links to tangles, but articles on shading and strings even… it’s a site that you find yourself returning to over and over again, whether you’re new to Zentangle, or not. So when Linda sent the pdf out to her supporters I knew I had to make a small book out of it, to keep with my supplies and ready for reference.
I’m a big fan of reusing/recycling materials, and as a CZT, I also had saved a number of my teaching demonstration sheets to use in my bookmaking forays. Here’s what I created using one of the sheets, an old cereal box, and the pdf, printed small, double sided….
I re-tangled the large demo tangle areas that show on the book cover, added some green highlighting with my Tombow marker, and shading, then painted on a gloss sealant. Seeing as I might be expanding this booklet in the future, if Linda updates her pdf, I decided not to use a sewn binding, but rather a simple matching green rubber band to hold the pages in place. The book size is roughly half the size, maybe a tad smaller, than an 8.5″ x 11″ book. If you use the Tanglepatterns site.. go make a donation (of $10 or more)! It’s so worth it just to keep the site going… plus you too can get this fantastic pdf!
I’ve also been playing with more patterns, and upon browsing some fabric samples recently, a pattern similiar to this caught my eye… it had to be made into a tangle! I call it ‘Bandola’, after finding a pen holder / bandolier with a similiar pattern. The pattern starts with a foundation of the same strokes as in Sandy Bartholmew‘s “Coop” pattern, from her book, “Yoga for Your Brain“, but placed a bit wider apart, and then continues by extending parallel lines into the spaces created, keeping parallel to the bottom edges of each cell, but not touching in the center. I would recommend spacing the initial setup lines farther apart as you create this tangle.. and it’s definitely one where you want to pay attention to your strokes, but has lots of possibilities for fill and shading..