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Glossary of Terms

Zentangle:

A method of creating beautiful pieces of art by using structured patterns called "Tangles". Taught by CZT's using tiles.

Tangles:

Structured patterns deconstructed into simple easy to follow instructions taught by a CZT to create art.

CZT:

Certified Zentangle teacher. An individual who has attended a seminar taught by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas enabling them to teach the Zentangle method.

Tiles:

Official tiles are 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches and made from Fabriano printmaking paper. There are also Bijou, Opus and Zendala tiles.

String:

Drawn on the tile in pencil to split the tile into different areas to tangle.

Zendala:

A piece of art drawn on a circular piece Fabriano card, inspired by Zentangles and similar to a mandala.

Monotangle

A tile or piece of art drawn entirely in one tangle.

Enhancements:

A technique used when "tangling" to add an extra touch. For example: Sparkle, Aura, Perfs, Shading and Rounding.

Mandala:

A Mandala is translated from the Indian language of Sanskrit to mean "circle". Normally the artist will start from the centre and work outwards, encouraging a mediative state of mind, a "sense of calm".

ZIA:

Zentangle Inspired Art, is any piece of art drawn with Tangles but outside the normal sizes and shapes.