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The Art of Zentangle

Take a walk through a garden to see what patterns of nature appeal to you. Then create tangles based on what you see. —Penny Raile

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Page excerpted from The Art of Tangling Kit

I seemed to always be in trouble when I was in school, though not because I was behaving poorly, late, or being a disruption. My offense was that I could not stop "doodling" all over my notes. As soon as my teacher would begin the lesson it was as if a switch would turn on and my imagination would come out to play. They were often silly and sometimes skillful, but mostly the drawings didn't make any since to anyone else but me. I was inspired by the curly haired girl that sat in front of me, or the science lab with bubbling flasks; there was an endless possibility of worlds I saw that no one else was aware of.

The Art of Tangling Kit appeals to this same type of inner wanderlust. Tangling artist Penny Raile challenges us to find inspiration from a garden. She uses a humming bird as the center of her art. Since I recently moved to the beach, I chose a seagull.

Using a black ink pen I made separate fields to confine different patterns as Penny did with the hummingbird. Raile's artwork features wonderful designs that are an easy place to begin tangling.

Art by Kristen Rock

My favorite part about tangling is that it serves as the fuse to a dynamite of imagination. Once the ideas and tangling begins, it can lead to places you didn't realize you could be taken.

Art by Kristen Rock

What unforeseen environments can you pull inspiration from?

To see more tangling artwork from Penny Raile visit her websites: or Facebook page:

Kristen Rock

Kristen is an artist living in Norfolk, VA.  She is happiest with a cup of coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. A sucker for a sweet sunrise and an unexpected adventure, Kristen's latest inspirations include mermaids, dream catchers, and all things nautical. 

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