Glossary of terms

Certified Zentangle Teacher – CZT™

A person who has attended a CZT seminar and completed the workshop held by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, founders of Zentangle. They are given certification to teach Zentangle. CZT’s have studied the patterns and practices of Zentangle and understand the philosophy behind the art form. There is a big difference between Zentangle and doodles. You can learn a lot of Tangles on the Internet, but in order to understand the principals of Zentangle I highly suggest you take a class from a CZT. Please see a list of classes that I offer on the Classes page, or contact me at lynn@linesbylynn.net to set up a class at your convenience.

A list of CZT’s by area is at this link:



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 add to, or be 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. Pre-strung Ensemble tiles are available in my store.


A group of tangles to be selected with a random number generator. The Zentangle Kit includes 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. You can also create your own Legends. See my Store to order the Zentangle Kit.


Result of placing two or more completed Zentangle tiles together, most commonly with all edges touching and no gaps between tiles. Usually done with the square tiles.


A string is generally a random line drawn in pencil which creates an area within which you draw your tangles.


In its verb form “tangle” means to draw a tangle. You tangle a tangle, and in that process create Zentangle art.

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. Taking a class from a CZT will help you to understand how this works.


A variation of a tangle by itself or in combination with one or more tangles. Tangleations are the result of altering a tangle, or mixing one or more basic tangles together in different proportions.


The 3.5” die-cut paper squares on which you create Zentangle art. They are called tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics. I offer the tiles in several quantities on my Store link xxxxxx


A registered trademark in reference to the company – Zentangle, Inc.  It is also used to describe the patent-pending teaching method, and as an adjective to describe the type of art that is produced – “Zentangle art”, or “Zentangle Inspired Art” (ZIA).

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