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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Zentangle Untangled Blog Hop & Review


The Zentangle® Untangled Blog Hop




This is the 4th day of a 12 day blog hop featured around the book Zentangle Untangled by Kass Hall.  Every day or so a member of this hop will share something--a review, artwork or thoughts based around the book.


I've written a review, along with some artwork that uses the tangles included in the book (see below).


Here is a list of the hop member blogs and that dates that each will post.



  • Monday July 23 - START - Kass Hal
  • Tuesday July 24 - Jill Berry
  • Wednesday July 25 - Rachel Grieg 
  • Thursday July 26 - Sandra Strait - You Are Here!
  • Friday July 27 - Melanie Testa
  • Saturday July 28 - Ingrid Dijkers
  • Monday July 30 - Pam Garrison
  • Tuesday July 31 - Genevieve Crabe
  • Wednesday August 1 - Traci Bautista 
  • Thursday August 2 - Fran Meneley
  • Friday August 3 - Jane Davenport 
  • Saturday August 4 - FINISH - Kass Hall (major prize giveaway)


  • Review of Zentangle Untangled 
    ~a book of Inspiration and Prompts for Meditative Drawing~

    Specs 
    I was sent a review copy, so what I have in hand may differ somewhat from the book that is being sold.


    No of Pages: 128 pages
    Size: 8.3 x 10.9 inches
    Weight: 2 pounds 

    Look & Feel
    The book is a paperback with a cardstock cover.  The sections are stitched, but the cover is glued on.  The pages have enough spring that you might have trouble keeping the book open.  I can't recommend bending the book backwards because the glue could crack.  However, I took the chance, opening and bending it in 3 or 4 places toward the center and was able to make the book lie flat.  My personal style requires that both my hands are free for drawing, so I need a drawing book to lie flat.

    The pages are a heavy, glossy white that might be hard on the eyes, except that the lay-out skillfully uses blue-gray backgrounds and images break-outs to keep that from happening.  

    The trade-off for those glossy pages is weight.  I'll be reading this book at home, but probably won't carry it around with me.

    Overview of content
    Zentangle generally relies more on images than words to convey meaning. Zentangle Untangled goes into more explanation than other similar books I've read, but not to excess.   
    While the focus is on Zentangle, the book also explores Color Theory, Art Materials, and Art Journaling.

    Images are plentiful, colorful and beautiful.

    The book can be read front to back, or browsed at random, though some chapters, such as the one on Color Theory, are more helpful if read beginning to end.


    The steps to 12 tangle patterns are found in Chapter Two, and examples of many others are found throughout the book. Kass includes her own tangles, official tangles such as Mooka,and tangle patterns submitted from other tanglers, many of whom you may recognize--CZTs Genevieve Crabe and Sue Clark, just to name a couple.   

    What does this book have that other Zentangle books do not?  


    I feel that it has more answers to the question 'What is Zentangle?'.  That is not an easy subject to explain, and the book doesn't explain it all, but if you've been tangling for a while, and are still unsure of the answer, you might find it here.


    The author discusses her own journey with art and Zentangle giving this book a more personal feeling than many and I think it may appeal to those who are interested in the journey as much as the tangle patterns.


    At 128 pages, this is just a longer Zentangle book than most.  I don't know that it has anything unique but it takes the time to be more thorough on each subject.

    Content
    ~Part One~
    Chapter 1: The Beginning
    In the Beginning
    History of Zentangle
    Traditional Zentangle Materials
    Relaxation and Focus


    Chapter 2: Tangling
    Let's Get Our Tangle On
    Cabin Floor
    Five-Oh
    Starfish
    Echo
    Bronx Cheer
    Cheers
    Mooka
    Facets
    Honeycomb
    Frippery
    Tripoli
    Betweed
    Shading Zentangles
    Black-and-white Zentangle Gallery

    ~Part Two~
    Chapter 3: Color
    Color Me Happy
    Basic Color Theory
    12-Part Color Wheel
    Secondary Color Wheel
    Complementary Colors
    Analogous Colors
    Monochromatic Colors


    Chapter 4: Art Materials
    Art-Material Intervention
    Sakura Pens: Microns, Souffle and Glaze Pens
    Colored Pencils
    Inks
    Liquid Ink and Pen
    Watercolor Pencils
    Watercolor Paint
    Gouache
    Acrylic Paint

    Chapter 5: Art Journal
    Art Journalism
    Borders
    Titles and Lettering
    Zentangle as a Background
    Zentangle and Patterned Paper
    Page Accents
    Rubber Stamps and Zentangle
    Creating Shape with Zentangle
    Zentangle and Photography
    Zentangle Goes Digital
    Digital Mysteria
    It's That Easy


    Zentangle Gallery
    Digital Zentangle Gallery
    Contributors
    Further Reading
    Resources
    Index
    About Kass
    Acknowledgements

    Artwork created using tangle patterns from the book and ideas from the chapter on Art Journaling.


    13 comments:

    1. This was a most thorough review of Zentangle Untangled and most appreciated. I wasn't sure about purchasing this book until I read your review. I now know I must own this book. There is so much information in this book and it is reasonably priced. Thank you for taking the time to do such a thorough review!!

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    2. Fantastic review. I have never purchased and Zentangle books but after reading this review, I see one in the near future. Thank you for this review.

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    3. Thank you both! I was very happy to review this book and bring to the attention of my readers!

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    4. Brilliant review & so useful to hear about the stitching & gluing - the number of people I encounter who don't know the difference & therefore the consequences of bending a book right back. Vital when using it for artwork or - as in my husband's case - translating Homeric Greek. Very helpful to know too that this is a book which explores Zentangle further & puts it into the context of 'pure art' concepts such as colour theory. I'm enrolled for the webinar & looking forward to it immensely. Hoping to purchase the book as soon as funds allow too.
      Thanks for all the info - coming here daily is proving immensely exciting.
      Paula (PEP)

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    5. Thank you! The binding is one of the first things I check these days. As often as not, you can gauge the quality of the book overall by how well the binding is done.

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    6. love blog hops .. great way to see the wonderful talent and you top the list ..ty for sharing

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    7. What a great Blog and blog hop.

      Your artwork is amazing.

      Thank you for sharing

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    8. Your review of the book was almost as great as listening to Kass herself on the webinar. Your versions are very inspriing, and I want to get started as soon as I win this blog giveaway.
      Virginia T

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    9. Thank you for the wonderful and complete review of the book. It has indeed added to my interest in Zentangle. I will buy tht book and will start working with zentangle!

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    10. I look forward to owning Kass' book... Sandra...wonderful review...thanks for giving us the real story!

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    11. Thanks for a great review and an oppty to win the giveaway!

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    12. Thanks for the informative review! Love the journal page you shared.

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    13. Awesome artwork. All I can say is WOW!

      Smiles~
      Marilyn

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