In the spring, I joined the Facebook group Zentangle: Stacked and Tangle. If you’re like me, you are probably wondering, “What exactly is a stacked tangle?” They’re rows of “tangles that go in the same direction and touch or are close enough to appear as one solid cohesive piece rather than an assemblage whose pieces could float away. These rows in the stack may be vertical, diagonal, horizontal, circular, or semi-circular. There may be words only, nothing more, in between the tangles as long as they are one of the layers in your stack, rather than superimposed on top.”
The Stacked & Tangled Swap
In June, the administrators for the group posted a swap where each participant had about 6 weeks to create 20 stacked and tangled ATC tiles (2-1/2″ x 3″ — the same size as a baseball card). We were to mail our completed set to one of the administrators who will coordinate the swapping of each tangler’s tiles for another in the group of 45 participants.
I started the tangled swap with familiar tangles such as Meer, Flux, Tipple, Diva Dance, Crescent Moon, Dex, Knightsbridge, Rick’s Paradox, and Mooka. As I continued, I randomly selected new-to-me tangles from Tanglepatterns.com (unfortunately I mailed the tiles, but forgot to write all the names!).
Sounds easy enough, right? It was a lot of fun creating the tiles, but I learned it’s not as easy as it sounds to create a stacked Zentangle tile. I’d say the hardest part is making sure each layer stops before another starts. I think I got it right, but I’ll find out if I receive any of mine back as “disqualified.” 🙂
Here are the 20 stacked Zentangle tiles I submitted:
How to Tangle Mooka
Here Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas show how to draw their tangle Mooka: