Best Zentangle Pens: Inside a CZT’s Pencil Pouch

Best Zentangle Pens: Inside a CZT’s Pencil Pouch

You can draw Zentangle patterns with any kind of pen you want, but these are some of the most popular pens among Zentanglers. I’ve included affiliate links from Dick Blick and Amazon for your convenience, but feel free to look for these items wherever you buy art supplies. 

Product Name: Sakura Pigma Micron Pens

Count: 6, assorted sizes

Ink color: Black

Details: My top pick and pretty much the gold standard. Used by Zentangle HQ and many CZTs as well as by other fine artists. Archival, waterproof ink that gets consistently high marks from artists at a fair price.

Product Name: Copic Multiliner A – 2

Count: 7, assorted sizes

Ink color: Black

Details: Used frequently by professional artists. High price, but the Copic brand is well known for making high-quality pens, and is a favorite of illustrators and journalers.

Product Name: Kingart Inkline Artist Pens

Count: 10, assorted sizes

Ink color: Black

Details: A budget-friendly pen for your Zentangle line art. Nice if you’re just getting started and want more line weight options for your buck as you explore what suits your art style.

Product Name: Sakura Pigma Micron 05 Set Pens

Count: 6, .45mm nib

Ink color: Assorted

Details: High quality ink but in different colors for when you want something a little brighter than standard black and white. Brown ink,for example, is frequently used by Zentangle HQ. All pens feature the same size nib.

Product Name: Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen

Count: 1

Ink color: Opaque White, Bold Tip

Details: These pens are great for finishing Zentangles with bright white highlights. The opaque ink sits on top of ink and graphite, and can be used to correct small areas you don’t like when you’re working on white tiles.

Product Name: Sakura Dark Metallic Gelly Roll Pens

Count: 5

Ink color: Assorted, Medium Tip

Details: Includes one each of Sepia, Burgundy, Hunter Green, Blue/Black, and Black.

Product Name: Sakura Metallic Gelly Roll Pens

Count: 10

Ink color: Assorted, Medium Tip

Details: Two Metallic Gold pens and one each of Metallic Purple, Metallic Copper, Metallic Red, Metallic Silver, Metallic Pink, Metallic Green, Metallic Blue, and Metallic Emerald.

Whatever pens you choose, Zentangle gives you an opportunity to make beautiful Zentangle art. For pattern tutorial videos, check out my curated sets of 9 Easy Zentangle Patterns for Beginners.

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Canadian Geese Are Sky Honkers

Canadian Geese Are Sky Honkers

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Boomer used to bark when Canadian geese—sky honkers—flew over the house. Like an old man shaking his fist at the clouds. He’d bark at all loud birds, actually. I remember there was a really loud cardinal sitting on a phone line in the yard in Urbana once, yelling his tiny bird heart out. Boomer yelled right back at him. My bestest good boy didn’t take any lip from mourning doves either.

Anyway, Canadian geese have a reputation for being aggressive birds. The first time I witnessed this aggression, I was walking along the canal in downtown Indianapolis with my ex-husband. I was surprised when one spread its wings and hissed. (If you’ve read Chapter 2: You’re Wearing That? you’ve probably guessed my ex deserved it. You’d be correct.)

I don’t know what things are like where you live, but here in the Midwest, Canadian geese are ubiquitous and generally unloved by homeowners and groundskeepers. They’re loud and they poop on sidewalks, and because they seem to linger year round, they’re thought of as pests.

So why can’t I capture one of these infernal beings on a Merlin app sound recording? They’re everywhere. This should be easy. We’ve had mallards in the yard for crying out loud. Yesterday I was on the toilet peeing when a few geese honked their way past an open window.

Damn it, I thought. How do they know I don’t have my phone?

Perched upon my porcelain throne, I shook a fist at an imaginary cloud, paying homage to Boomer. The sky honkers honked some more. Pretty sure they were mocking me, actually.

Oh well. I figure the hummingbirds are coming soon, and they’re cuter anyway.

In the meantime, here are some of the nicer birds that visited my yard this week. (The warblers are migrating! Yay!) I even IDed a rare find Wednesday. But there are still no Canadian geese on my life list.


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Easy Zentangle Patterns For Beginners

Easy Zentangle Patterns For Beginners

Sometimes you just want to chill out and draw, right? Each video in the 9 Easy Zentangle Patterns for Beginners series is designed to get you drawing fast. Follow along with the videos to learn more than 50 patterns, enjoying the ones that appeal to you the most.

These patterns are easy, but you can modify and embellish them to suit your style. After all, the whole point of tangling is to have fun, relax and express your creativity.

The Tutorials

Organic & Botanical Patterns
Heart Patterns
Freeform Patterns, Part 2
Lines & Orbs
Freeform Patterns, Part 2
Original Patterns, Part 1

Patterns are curated loosely into themes. If there’s a specific Zentangle you’d like to see me draw in an upcoming video, let me know with a comment. Sometimes seeing how someone else approaches drawing a pattern can make it easier.

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The Video that Started It All

Hi everyone! Today I have a video showing you how to draw 9 easy Zentangle patterns for beginners. As you can see, you don’t need any super fancy art supplies to get started. Just grab a piece of paper and something to write with. (I wouldn’t recommend using a ball-point pen, but it’ll still get the job done!)

In case you’re new to Zentangle art, here are the basics of the Zentangle method: It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas as a meditative form of art that’s accessible to everyone at all levels. It stresses drawing repetitive lines, simple marks, orbs, and other familiar shapes. Each mark is called a “tangle,” and you can combine tangles infinite ways to create “tiles,” or miniature drawings. 

The easy art Zentangle patterns I cover in this video are: Footlites, Wist, Roxy, Kuazeela, Squares Squared, Inapod, Wormholes, Embellish, and Narwhal, but there are literally hundreds more to try once you’ve got these down.

If you want to learn more about how the Zentangle method of drawing got its start, I recommend checking out Rick and Maria’s official website.

Zentangle Pattern Tripoli on White Zentangle Tile
Tripoli on White Zentangle Tile

Zentangle is a very relaxing, meditative form of drawing that got me through some pretty rough days while I underwent chemotherapy and radiation for a brain tumor. Even though I’m done with cancer treatment for now, I found drawing Zentangles to be so calming and therapeutic that I continued with daily practice and weekly videos on YouTube.

So sit back, relax, and let your inner artist follow along as you learn these beginner patterns. If you want to see more, subscribe to my YouTube channel. And don’t miss my suggestions for the best Zentangle pens.

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