Review of Yoga for Your Brain by Sandy Steen Bartholomew

Yoga for your Brain by Sandy Steen Bartholomew
Size: 8.5" x 8.5" (21.6 x 21.6 cm )
Pages: 52
Portability: Easily carried, but too big for most purses and a little thick for folders.

What can I say? Sandy Bartholomew has written the book I wish I had written! It has exercises, and projects, philosophy, and encouragement, all written clearly and with a wry sense of humor. The book is more advanced than its predecessor, Totally Tangled, going deeper into methods of shading, and for creating your own patterns.

If you are the person who says you can’t draw a stick figure, and you are very new to zentangle, this is a book you put on your list for later. But if you are an inexperienced tangler who has seen all those really cool zentangles and wondered how they were done—this is your book. And there are plenty of ideas for creativity so even the experienced tangler will find sources of interest.

The book is beautifully illustrated, and there are lots and lots of tangles—90 in all, 76 of them new.

The Tangles
Ammon, Annee, Apeel, Bales, Ballenchain, Baseflake, Becki, Bellaposa, Bellish, Besochix, Billiken, Bingley, Botto, Boxt, Caral, Chads, Chakra, Crystle, Circfleur, Coop, Cootie, Durn, Etcher, Fidget, Flake, Fleur, Fleur-ish, Flores De Casa, Florz, Fürn, Gewgle, Haffleur, Itch, Jute, Kringel, Krust, Leeter, Lustrade, Muffit, Mumsy, Ninja, Ogel, Paisley, Pellet, Pi, Pingline, Pixie, Portia, Purlbox, Quip, Radia, Ramykin, Sabi, Sippy, Skein, Slink, Slurp, Sporktine, Stature, Subcub, Sweed, Tentacle, Tide, Tideberry, Tuffit, Tung, Twiggy, Twist, Uptown, Vine, Wabi, Whysk, Wingding, X-glass,Y.A.F., Zusafürn Tangle Examples: Buttercup, Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Jacki, Jetties, Keeko, Knightsbridge, Lilah Bean, Printemps, Punkin, Quabog, Sampson, Yawn,

What’s Inside
Getting started with zentangle; Using Auras; Different kinds of shading; Curvy tangles; Tangles from Grids; Deconstructing patterns; Tangles within tangles; Using the Paisley pattern; Circular Tangles; Tips for Zendalas; Snowflake type tangles; Taking photos and sketches for patterns; Where to look for patterns; Tangling portraiture; Creating Tangle Variations; Combining Tangles; Making a spinner; Using Zentangle for Meditation; Zentangling What You Love; Using Styles; Transfers; Zentangle Journal; Foam Printing; Tangling on Rocks.

In this example, I've used the tangle Bales (with a striped Aura), Slink, Pellet, Purlbox, Radia & Jute.


  1. I got Yoga for the Brain this last week and I love IT!!! You are spot on in your review !! It is so awesome seeing how she explains so easily how to do this and that. I've taken a break from Zentangle ,but I am all fired up now !!! Hugs to you my friend !!! Rosie

  2. Gorgeous! I would love to hang this potholder in my kitchen! Thank you for listing the patterns in Yoga for the Brain...they look delicious! I can't wait for my copy to arrive.


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