Zentangle Resources

Zentangle ResourcesPartially Annotated Bibliography

(I will annotate most of these entries, but it's a work in process.)

Arrien, Angeles. Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998. Print.

           Arrien is an anthropologist whose work aims at building bridges between cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religion. In Signs of Life, she explores the significance and symbolism of five basic shapes that appear in the art of cultures worldwide: the circle, the equidistant cross, the spiral, the triangle, and the square. What is more, these symbols have similar basic meanings cross-culturally. Her work is based on academic research, but the book is written for a general audience. For each symbol, she offers myths, interpretations, and a teaching story. For Zentangle enthusiasts, her book offers food for thought about basic forms used in tangles and what they mean. There are many cool drawings throughout the book as well.

Bartholomew, Sandy Steen. Totally Tangled: Zentangle and beyond. East Petersburg, PA: Design Originals, 2010. Print.

          This is a great basic hands-on resource for learning how to fly on your own as a Zentangle artist. The book is packed with simple but powerful tips and techniques for generating tangles from traditional designs, modern art, and all that surrounds us.  

Bartholomew, Sandy Steen. Yoga for Your Brain: Zentangle Workout. Fort Worth, TX: Design Originals, 2011. Print.

          This is another great resource for those who want to teach themselves to tangle using a book. As Sandy tells readers, her passion and strong suit is deconstructing patterns she finds everywhere. She has a very easy-going style of writing that keeps all instructions user-friendly. 

Bartholomew, Sandy Steen. Tangles of Kells. E-book, 2014. Print.

           A book of tangles (with clear instructions or "step outs") inspired by the movie The Secret of Kells.

Bayles, David, and Ted Orland. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Print.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Designs: Coloring Book. Petaluma, CA: Pomegranate Communications, 2010. Print.

Dodson, Bert. Keys to Drawing with Imagination: Strategies and Exercises for Gaining Confidence and Enhancing Your Creativity. Cincinnati, OH: North Light, 2007. Print.

Fink, Joanne. Zenspirations Dangle Designs. East Petersburg, PA: Design Originals, 2013. Print.

Gloria, Luisa, Joel Waldrep, and Alan Weller. Traditional African Designs: CD-ROM and Book. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2007. Print.

Gombrich, E. H. The Sense of Order : a Study in the Psychology of Decorative Art. 2nd ed., Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University Press, 1984.

An intriguing scholarly resource. Read the following review for details: 

Haeckel, Ernst. Haeckel's Art Forms from the Ocean: CD-ROM & Book. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2011. Print.

Hall, Kass. Zentangle Untangled: Inspiration and Prompts for Meditative Drawing. Cincinnati, OH: North Light, 2012. Print.

Hall, Kass. The Zentangle Untangled Workbook: A Tangle-a-day to Draw Your Stress Away. Cincinnati, OH: North Light, 2013. Print.

Jenny, Tonia. Zen Doodle: Oodles of Doodles. Print.

Krahula, Beckah. One Zentangle a Day: A 6-week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun. Print.

Marbaix, Jane. Mandala Zentangle: The Mindful Way to Creativity. Print.

McNeill, Suzanne. Florabunda Style: Super Simple Art Doodles to Color, Craft & Draw. Print.

Nakamura, Shigeki. Pattern Sourcebook: Around the World: 250 Patterns for Project and Designs. Oetwil Am See/Zürich: Olms, 2008. Print.

Nimmer, Dean. Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-making. Print.

Noble, Marty. Mehndi Designs: Traditional Henna Body Art. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2004. Print.

Ocvirk, Otto G., Robert E. Stinson, Philip R. Wigg, Robert O. Bone, and David L. Cayton. Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Print.

Pereznieto, Leonardo. You Can Draw!: Simple Techniques for Realistic Drawings. Print.

Renouf, Eloise. 20 Ways to Draw a Tree: And 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers. Beverly, MA: Quarry, 2013. Print.

Roberts, Rick, and Maria Thomas. The Book of Zentangle. Whitinsville, MA: Zentangle, 2012. Print.

Roberts, Rick, and Maria Thomas. Zentangle Primer, Volume 1. Whitinsville, MA: Zentangle, 2016. Print.