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Tangled Manuscripts

Tangled Manuscripts

Rick Roberts

Rick writes: I came across these gems while sorting through files of old pictures.  About eight years ago, Maria and I were in western Massachusetts. These beautiful manuscripts were in a restaurant where we enjoyed a lovely dinner. I took these pictures with the intent to share them with you. Well, better late than never. (Or, maybe I already did and we all get to enjoy them again!) I estimate that these manuscripts are from the 17th or 18th century. They are all hand-lettered on vellum, probably a sheepskin or a goatskin. The pen strokes were beautiful, so fresh and crisp, you wonder if the...

Reblog: Deconstruction

Reblog: Deconstruction

Rick Roberts

In 2007, we started BLOG Zentangle and began our enjoyable series of conversations within our Zentangle community.In reading through these blog posts with their insightful comments, we decided to bring a few of them to your attention from time to time. It is easy, for me anyway, to sometimes think of old information as stale information. But these insights and conversations are anything BUT stale! In 2017, Rick writes... Deconstruction: To reduce a pattern to its elemental strokes so that a user of the Zentangle Method can recreate it as a tangle by repeating those strokes one at a time...

Sometimes our tangles have stories or tales behind the pen strokes and sometimes our pen strokes inspire stories or tales. When Maria posts a tile on the Zentangle Mosaic App she almost always shares with us some sort of creative narrative. Her words range from inspiring thoughts to fanciful tales. We thought we would share with you some of these parings in a blog series we are calling Maria’s Meanderings. --- + --- Maria writes... The huggins appeared first. Nice enough. But it needed some. . . drama to make you look twice. I love the “curvitudes” of gourdgeous, and...