It’s Dictionary Day. I use the word ‘tangle’ a lot. And grammarly flags it every single time.
- tangle (n): a named pattern that can be broken down into simple, repeated strokes.
- tangle (v): to draw tangles.
Breaking down the noun definition: a named pattern.
A tangle has a name, which helps us talk about it. Do not worry about memorizing all of the names. It is like meeting a bunch of people at a party. You can chat with them and enjoy their company even if you don’t remember their name at first. If you meet them over and over and become friends, you’ll naturally learn their name. It is the same with tangles. After a while, you’ll naturally learn their names.
And, speaking of names, a tangle name should be non-representational. Think of tangles published by Zentangle: Hollibaugh, Static, Knightsbridge. Their name does not describe and therefore limit the result. A very popular artist just released a pattern called compass daisies. Is it beautiful? Absolutely. Is it a tangle? I think not. Tangles do not need guidelines, and they are not supposed to look like anything. Does that mean you can’t use it? Of course not. Just understand that when you use a pattern like that, you CAN make a mistake. With a tangle, you cannot.
that can be broken down into SIMPLE, REPEATED strokes.
Have you seen so-called tangles that have dozens of complex steps? Have you tried any of them? Not every tangle is for everyone, but if you’ve tried a tangle and find that you just “can’t do it” then it is probably the pattern’s fault and not yours. Anyone can publish something and call it a tangle. There is no one policing the Zentangle world, so they may or may not be tangles.
Verb: to tangle
“Tangling” is what you do. Since Zentangle is a trademark, you should not say that you are “Zentangling” out of respect for Rick and Maria’s intellectual property. Did you know that aspirin was once a trademark?
What is your favorite tangle?
Missed the beginning of the series? It all starts with Appreciation.