The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler, CZT® is now available in English! Previously, it was only available in German (Das Grosse Zentangle®-Buch). There are 101 patterns with original artwork from 47 CZTs and other artists.
I did review the German version, so this review will be very similar, but more accurate because I had to guess what was being said in the first version. I'm sadly lacking in the ability to speak more than one language.
Look & Feel
8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
Soft bound Cover
101 tangle step-outs
The paper is high quality and thick, so the book is fairly heavy. This is a mixed blessing. The book should withstand lots of use but the weight might make it uncomfortable to carry.
Although the binding is glued, you can fold the book backwards and if you do this (gently) the pages will lie almost flat, even in the middle.
There are many illustrations throughout, not just for the tangle step-outs. While the examples are done by various people, the step-outs are done by the same person, so there is a cohesive look. The illustrations are beautiful and well-done.
The tangles are broken out into three kinds - beginner, exciting, and master class.
Many of the tangles included can be found in other books and on the internet. I'm not sure if any of them were created just for this book. However, even if you are familiar with most of the tangles this is a very nice and comprehensive collection of tangle patterns, presented in a clear and accessible fashion.
The format of the book is straight-forward and traditional with introductions to the Zentangle Method at the beginning, the tangle patterns presented one-by-one, and ending with a glossary of terms, answers to common questions, link resources, gallery, acknowledgments, about the author and a list of all the tangles contained in the book.
The List of Contents:
- What is Zentangle?
- What Materials Do I Need?
- How Do I Start?
- Curtains Up!
- Great Tangles for Getting Started
- Exciting Tangles from A to Z
- Tangles for the Master Class
- Good to Know
- Questions and Answers
- Good Reasons to Zentangle
- Technical Terms
- Opportunities for Continuing Tanglers
- Who Are the Friends
- About the Author
- All Tangles from A to Z
Tangle Patterns included
Birds on a Wire
Bubble Bobble Bloop
MI2 1 & 2
Tangles used: Rubenesque, Sweda, Octonet, Printemps, Gryst, Twenty-One, Kaleido and Fiore.
Tangles Used: Quib, Casella, Birds On a Wire, and Dutch Hourglass.
This is a great book for newbies to Zentangle. It has all the information needed to get started and with 101 patterns, they have inspiration to last a long time.
For more advanced tanglers, it is still a good buy because of the number of patterns collected together. The book itself is sturdy and well-made. It is a bit heavy for carry, but will stand up to a lot of abuse. A good overall reference book that will last for years.
I know I'll be referring to it often!