Friday, October 4, 2013

Review-The Beauty of Zentangle, Inspirational Examples from 137 Tangle Artist Worldwide #Zentangle, #Zendoodle #BookReview

At last! I received my copy of 'The Beauty of Zentangle'.  Other contributors have been receiving their books all week, and I've been all agog with anticipation.  You can imagine how thrilled I was when I opened the door and found my copy on the welcome mat.




Each contributor received a beautiful certificate and a copy of the book.



So what could I do but review?  Take it as a given that I love the book.  I'll try to keep my enthusiasm down, and let you decide for yourself whether it's the right book for you.

Specs
Cover: Cardboard with fold-in flaps
No of Pages: 184  
Size: 11 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
Weight: 1.7 pounds

Look and Feel
'The Beauty of Zentangle' is more of a coffee table than a reference book.  Its size and weight would make it cumbersome to carry around.  It lies flat enough that the pages won't spring shut on you, so if you find it difficult to hold while reading, you can easily put it on the table and flip through the pages.

The book is printed on high-quality gloss paper that won't age easily, so it's made to last.  The colors are gorgeous (though slightly off-true) and the artwork is amazing.

There are 37 new tangle step-outs, an introduction to and brief description of the tangle process.  More time is spent exploring what Zentangle® is, but the bulk of the book is filled with examples from the 137 contributors.  If you are already a zentangle enthusiast you will likely recognize many of the contributor's names.  If you aren't an enthusiast, you may well be after reading this book!

Content
About Zentangle Art-Tangle; Classic Zentangle; Creative ZIA; Zendala Rounds
Introduction-Ignite Your Creativity with Beautiful Zentangle Art; About the Book; The CZT Network; What is Zentangle; Zentangle and You; 
Inspiring Zentangle Artwork-Pages 16 through 159 are a gallery of the contributor's works.
Tangles-Afreeka, Alien Ties, Allstrokes, Angel Fish, Antz, Batlló, Bedo, Blox, Boo Koo Squares, Brabs, Bumpety Bump, Circlets, Coneflor, Cosmic Flower, Dogwood, Dripdrop, Flench, Get In Line, Goodness, Hartz, Ista, Keenes, Kinet, Kurtinz, Molecule, Peacock, Rosettes, Sanibelle, Sharky, Sistar, Straith, Steampunk Hinge, Sunseed, Up and Down, Y-Flip, Zensplosion folds, Zoid

Contributors (congratulations to everyone who was included and my apologies for any misspellings or mis-attributions in this list.  They are my mistakes, not Fox Chapel's!)

Bette Abdu, CZT           
Fina Man, CZT
Suzy Allen                             
Sandhya Manne, CZT
Sacil Armstrong, CZT            
Diane Masloroff, CZT
Kimberly Dragone Barcello, CZT        
Judith McCabe
Kathy Barrigner, CZT
Kari McKnight-Holbrook
Sandy Steen Bartholomew, CZT
Dana McNair
Michele Beauchamp, CZT
Suzanne McNeil, CZT
Jeannine Bellarosa, CZT
Patricia A Meijer, CZT
Lorrie M. Bennett                              
Dawn Meisch, CZT
Carolyn Boettner
Jane Menard, CZT
Cecilia Borlini
Grace Mendez, CZT
Margaret Bremner, CZT
Patsy Monk, CZT
Christine Britos, MAE, CZT
Magdalena Muldoon
Amy Broady, CZT
Kit Murdoch, CZT
Caroline Broady, CZT
Susan G Nutting, CZT
Marie Browning, CZT
Daniel J O’Brien, CZT
Judy K. Burkett, CZT
Susan Olsen, CZT
Christie R. Campo, CZT
Erin Koetz Olsen, CZT
Cheryl A. Cianci, CZT
Dilip P Patel, CZT
Sue Clark, CZT
Sharon Lynn Payne, CZT
Ann Coakley, CZT
Joan Payton, CZT
Linda R Cobb, CZT
Jennifer Perruzzi, CZT
Genevieve Crabe, CZT
Bonnie Pewterbaugh, CZT
Liz D’Amico
Karen Polkinghorse, CZT
Panos Dervissis
Penny Raile, CZT
Ingrid Dijkers
Chari-Lynn Reithmeier, CZT
Marta Drennon, CZT
Dr. Lesley Roberta, CZT
Jodi Ehler, CZT
Michelle Robinson, CZT
Julie Evans, CZT
Michelle Rodgers, CZT
Cindy Fahs, CZT
Karen Rogers
Jenny Farrell, CZT
Denise Rudd, CZT
Tina Festa, CZT
Diane K. Ryan, CZT
Joanne Fink
C.C. Sadler, CZT
Barbara Finwall
Izume Sato, CZT
Bobbie Florida, CZT
MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson, CZT
Janice Freiheit, CZT
Lesley Scott-Gillian, CZT
Deanna Gibson, CZT
Judith R Shamp, CZT
Estelle M. Goodnight, CZT
Suzy Shedd, CZT
Ellen Gozeling, CZT
Cindy Shepard, CZT
Linda Halvorsen, CZT
Lisa Skeen, CZT
Davilla Harding
Debbie Skinner
Wayne Harlow, CZT
Virginia Dejewska Shawson, CZT
Laura Harms, CZT
Elizabeth Smith, CZT
Celestine Hart, CZT
Nancy Smith, CZT
Victoria M Hayhurst, CZT
Susan Smith, CZT
Alice Hendon, CZT
Sandra K Strait
Sharla R Hicks, CZT
Earl Stokes, CZT
Melissa Hoopes, CZT
Lois Stokes, CZT
Donna Hornsby, CZT
Annika Sylte
Elaine Huffman, CZT
Arlene Butterworth Taylor
Sandy Hunter, CZT
Smanatha Taylor, CZT
Karen Izzi, PhD, CZT
Chris Titus, CZT
Dawn D. Jackson, CZT
Marizaan van Beek, CZT
Sue Jacobs, CZT
Lee Vause, CZT
Denyse Gower Jones, CZT
Maria Vennekens, CZT
Kelley Kelly, CZT
Jella Verelst, CZT
Donna MJ Kinsey
Marion ‘Mickey’ Tynan Weitsen, CZT
Denise Knobloch, PSS, CZT
Sandra Westcott, CZT
Kate Lamontagne, CZT
Margie Whittington
Arja de Lange-Huisman, CZT
Helen Williams
Billie Lauder, CZT
Lara Williams, CZT
Susan Lazaruk, CZT
Darla Williamson, CZT
Judy Lehman, CZT
Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT
Cris Letourneau, CZT
Ellen Wolters
Goretti Lewis
Liane Worth, CZT
Pamela Lisak, CZT
Sonya J Yencer, CZT
Laura Liu, CZT
Cathy Zavodny, CZT
Jane MacKugler, CZT





Overall
'The Beauty of Zentangle' is a beautifully done book.  If you are specifically looking for Zentangle instructions or a workbook style publication, this won't be your first choice.  If you want an introduction to Zentangle, some new tangles and a gorgeous gallery of Zentangle art this is the book for you.  It would make a great gift.

For some, the 37 tangle step-outs will be worth the price.  I have seen a couple of these tangles posted online, but I believe that most of them are new.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of 'The Beauty of Zentangle' and a contributor's certificate because I was a contributing artist.  I have received no other recompense.  I was not asked to do this review and all opinions are my own.  Any mistakes are mine.

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