Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New eBook! The Tangles of Santa Fe

I created an eBook - The Tangles of Santa Fe - for the Art Journal Retreat that I am doing with Jessica Wesolek in Santa Fe (in two weeks!!)

I picked a bunch of designs from pottery, rugs, art, and rock paintings and then broke them down into simple steps - a la Zentangle®.

Some of the patterns could qualify as actual tangles, some are just really cool designs that I show you how to draw. They are all great for use in your own art pieces.

 I design these ebooks so that the two page spread views as one page on an iPad or computer and can be printed out on a sheet of 8.5x11 paper and then folded in half. I glue the front edges of the pages together, back to back, so that it can open, all at once, like an accordian. The cover wraps around.

Tangles of Kells printed and assembled into an accordian book.
This ebook has quite a few more pages than the Tangles of Kells (~ 48 pages or 24 two-page spreads) and includes a beautiful piece by Suzanne McNeill.

I've listed it for instant download on both the Etsy shop (Bumblebat.com) and my Wazala shop on my website (SandySteenBartholomew.com) Please let me know what you think of it! (And if you have any trouble with downloading).

My favorite page is the Kokopellis. :-)


  1. Woot! I just downloaded my copy, it's now in my Evernote tangle resources. I love all the critters, and especially the Kokopellis who I imagine are playing jazz. ;)

    P.S. Looking forward to meeting you in person at Tangle U 2014!

    1. Yes! The Kokopellis ARE playing jazz. They are in my sketch journal. I started it at one of my son's summer band concerts and finished it at another with help from my mini Art Director, Lilah. "Draw one sliding, draw one with its hands in the air, draw one eating a sandwich, draw one trapped inside a mirror..." What? :-)

  2. just downloaded mine, too, can't wait to start drawing!

  3. Keep these eBooks coming!!! I'm amazed at how useful it is to view how-to art books on a monitor, even my iPhone. In a month or so, I'll show you some of my pencil drawings. I combine Zentangle with "nature," such as flowers, grasses, and weeds. The result is abstract. The act of making these drawings allows me to sharpen my observational and design skills at the same time.

    1. We would all love to see your drawings. If you send me jpegs (when you are ready!) I'd be happy to post them here on the blog. And I agree with you - practicing Zentangle - or any kind of drawing - definitely sharpens ones observational skills.

  4. WoooooHooooo! Just downloaded my copy! So cool!



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