REVIEW: Tangle All Around: Our Art, Our Journey by Alice Hendon

Tangle All Around: Our Art, Our Journey was ranked number #1 in Amazon’s Pen & Ink Drawing for several days after it was released.

Alice Hendon, artist and author of 9 books, and co-author of 4, is also founder and Admin of the Tangle All Around Facebook group.  Rest assured, this review isn’t about the group, but the members are integral to the book, so you need to know a little about them.

This group is incredibly active, and always growing. As of this writing, it has 9,832 members!  Ranging from beginners to professionals, from all over the world, the members are among the friendliest I’ve ever known in a Facebook group. They are also among the most artistically productive. They constantly inspire each other to create and enjoy both journey and their results.

Alice has compiled this beautiful book from artwork that those members have submitted.


  • Format: Soft Cover Paperback ‏ :
  • No. of Pages: 149
  • Size ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.35 x 10 inches
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Weight ‏ : ‎ 15 ounces
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8390015612
  • Independently published through Amazon.


Tangle All Around: Our Art, Our Journey is not a how-to. There are no tutorials, or explanations about tangling or Zentangle.

The book IS a coffee-table type book with the beautiful, inspiring tangled artworks of eighty-six artists from sixteen different countries. The majority of the illustrations are in color.

The artworks span a variety of tangled types.  I think the best way to give you a feel for this book is to share some of the variety.

There are some traditional black and white Zentangle works.

Artwork by Christine Courtois

Although this isn’t a how-to book, the book has a two-page spread that shows a break-down of the steps taken to create this amazing piece.

Artwork by Jane Nichols

Many of the works featured realism mixed with tangle patterns. Everything from animals …

Artwork by Lynne Howard

… to buildings …

Artwork by Lolita White

… to people!

Artwork by Priscilla DeConti

There are several done in a whimsical style!

Artwork by Dawn George

Words or quotes are often included in the artwork.

Artwork by Preeti Gupta

They range from illustrations like this simple, but richly colored tangle done on paper to …

Artwork by Sona Aurora

… this incredibly complex piece done on wood.

Artwork by Michelle Gangemi

Alice Hendon has several of her own works in the book.

Artwork by Alice Hendon

Alice is big on art journaling, and many of her works share collage, stamping, gelli printing and other techniques along with tangle patterns.

Several of my artworks are also included in the book.

Artwork by Sandra Strait

One of the things that I enjoyed the most about Tangle All Around: Our Art, Our Journey are the artist blurbs.  Alice asked the artists to write a few things about themselves. It was wonderful to learn a little about each of them. The statements are quick little reads that allow you to connect to the artist as well as their work!

About the Author

Where to Find the Book

Tangle All Around: Our Art, Our Journey by Alice Hendon is available from Amazon Worldwide.

U.S. Link: Tangle All Around: Our Art, Our Journey by Alice Hendon

Alice’s Other Books

Links of Interest

Tangle All Around Facebook Group

Disclaimer:  I bought this copy of Tangle All Around: Our Art, Our Journey by Alice Hendon. No one asked me to do this review. I felt other people might be interested in the book. I received no other considerations, though this post contains affiliate links which help support Doodlewash. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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19 thoughts on “REVIEW: Tangle All Around: Our Art, Our Journey by Alice Hendon

  1. thank you so much for the wonderful review, Sandra! and for sharing your beautiful artworks in the book. so many talented artists in Tangle All Around – this is just a sampling. lots of inspiration in Tangle All Around: Our Art, Our Journey and I am so thankful to those who contributed. fulfilling a dream of mine for sure! <3

    Sparkling Heart
    • zoie
    1. I’m not sure if my previous comment made it as I went on to b sign up for Charlie’s news letter again as I haven’t had one for awhile. So, I’ll simply say I’m so Happy you decided to do a review on this wonderful book! It was a great review ! All the work is beautiful! Im very happy to be a member of this talented group and thankful for Alice and you 💗

  2. Awesome review, Sandra. And many thanks to Alice for maintaining that wonderful facebook group ” tangle all around”. My go-to group for inspiration and learning.

    Sparkling Heart
    • sandra-strait

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