Adults Are Filling Drawings with Calming Patterns Instead of Just Coloring Them In

Are you ready to get started to with zentangles?

Books can help you learn more about zentangles and provide inspiration.

Tangle Patterns is an online source for pattern templates and a place to submit your favorite designs.  It's great for inspiration, too!


Grab your favorite notebook, pen, and pencils and get started! (And maybe colored pencils if you're feeling adventurous.)


This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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