When we created Zentangle, we created new words like, well, "Zentangle." We also use common words in ways that are specific to Zentangle. Here are some quick definitions of some of our new and adapted words.
Certified Zentangle Teacher - CZT™
A person who has attended a CZT seminar and been certified by Rick and Maria to teach Zentangle and is authorized to purchase Zentangle products at wholesale. Please see our list of active CZTs here. To learn about our CZT program and how to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher, go here.
To reduce a pattern to its most elemental constituent strokes so a user of the Zentangle method can recreate, or reconstitute, that pattern (tangle) by repeating those strokes one at a time in a structured sequence.
A technique which can be added to, or combined with, many tangles. Examples include Aura, Sparkle, Rounding and Dewdrop.
Two or more tiles that when placed adjacent to one another, share a common string or strings that are drawn on both tiles as if they were one sheet. See Ensemble.
A group of tangles to be selected with a random number generator. In our Zentangle Kit we include a Legend of 20 tangles and an icosahedron die with 20 numbered sides. Roll the icosahedron and draw the tangle that corresponds with the number. You don't have to think about which tangle to do next. You also work with new tangles. We encourage people to create their own Legends.
Result of placing two or more completed Zentangle tiles together, most commonly with all edges touching and no gaps between tiles. We usually do this with our square tiles.
Lots to say here! This is a book in itself. At it's most basic a string generally a random line drawn in pencil which creates an area within which you draw your tangles. To help explore this process, we offer Pre-Strung Tiles.
In its verb form “tangle” means to draw a tangle. You tangle a tangle, and in that process create Zentangle art. We began using this work as a verb to avoid using “Zentangle” as a verb. We avoid using Zentangle as a verb because we learned it is one way that weakens our trademark status of our name.
In its noun form we use this word as our replacement for “pattern.” However, although all tangles are patterns, not all patterns are tangles. Some patterns do not lend themselves to being created in a Zentangle way. An example of this is Celtic Knotting.
A variation of a tangle by itself or in combination with one or more tangles. Basic tangles are like paint out of a tube. Tangleations are the result of altering a tangle, or mixing one or more basic tangles together in different proportions.
Our die-cut paper squares and rectangles on which you create Zentangle art. We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics.
"Zentangle" can refer to our company (Zentangle, Inc.), our patent pending teaching method, or artwork created according to our teaching method. For clarity, we generally use it as an adjective as in "Zentangle method" or "Zentangle art". More information on this topic is on our Legal Page.
This is our playful approach to classifying tangles. Watch for more to come on this.