BOOK REVIEW: Tangle All Around the World by Alice Hendon

Tangle All Around the World is Book 6 in Alice Hendon’s Artangleology Series.  The previous books have been activity books and planners, but this time around she has collected 453 tangle patterns created by a total of 50 different tangle artists. 

Tangle All Around The World Book Cover

About a year ago, Alice asked the members of her Facebook group Tangle All Around to submit tangle patterns to be collected in a book and the response was tremendous.    

I’ll tell you outright that eighty-five of the tangle patterns are mine.  I received no compensation other than bragging rights, but I have an obvious reason for liking the book. That said, I’ll do my best to just describe it not promote it, so you can decide if would be of value to you.

The list of all the patterns is pretty lengthy so I’ve posted it at the very bottom of this review for those who just have to know what they are.

What is tangling?

Many of you are familiar with Zentangle® and Tangling, but since many are not, let me explain a little bit.

Both are art forms that place a great deal of importance on relaxation rather than just the artistic results.  You can whip out a 15-minute drawing that is pleasant to draw and pleasant to see, or spend more time and create a pattern-based masterpiece.

Each tangle pattern is given a name, for reference sake.  Often these are patterns you may know under different names, from quilting or ancient arts – patterns have been part of art since mankind began to draw.   No one is claiming that they created the patterns.  What they create is a breakdown of the pattern into 4 – 6 steps, making it easy for others to draw the pattern.

Here is an example from the book.

Zentangle Pattern Circle

The term ‘Tangle Pattern’ is used both to describe the pattern itself and the step-by-step drawing. I prefer to call the step-by-step drawing a step-out.

You can also use patterns to enhance other types of art.  For example, these steampunk-themed animals that I drew.  The patterns in the hat, monocle and coat add elegance and interest to the fox, and the penguin rocks a bomber jacket over his patterned cold-weather gear.

Steampunk characters with tangle art pattern accents

Specs

  • Series: Artangleology (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Binding: Glued
  • Publisher: Independently published (August 18, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1083016539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1083016539
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces

Video

Tangle All Around The World – Look and Feel

This book is so big and has so many illustrations that Alice was pushing the size limit for Kindle Direct. She had hoped for color, but had to go with black and white. This is a reference book of patterns, not one meant for you to draw in.  There are five blank pages at the back for notes, but pages 6 through 211 are all pattern step-outs and illustrations showing how the patterns might be used.

There were 50 contributors from all around the world, but Alice re-drew all the step-outs to create a cohesive style throughout the book.

The book gives a brief explanation and the basics of tangling and then starts right in with the patterns.  They are organized by type – *Dedications, Traditional, Organic, Gem Setting, Grid, Steampunk, and Fantasy.  The contributor of each pattern is given credit by name and country.

There is an index of tangle patterns and list of contributors at the back.

Most, but not all of the patterns, have an illustration such as the one for Class-EE that I shared above.  A few have full page illustrations such as my fox, or this lovely Zebra that Alice drew.

Zebra Illustration by Alice Hendon Tangle All Around review

Although, Alice drew all the step-outs, many of the illustrations come from the contributors.

Some of the tangle patterns are new and some are not.  Many have been published in other books or online.  However, Tangle All Around the World may be the largest collections of patterns ever published in one book.  It is certainly one of the largest.

The range of patterns is wide, going from the traditional abstract pattern established in Zentangle and going through more realistic, stylized patterns such as this one.

Baby Bear Pattern Example Alice Hendon Book

Examples

To draw these examples, I flipped to book pages at random and chose a pattern.  Except for the animals.  I like drawing animals so I chose those patterns on purpose.

Tangle Zentangle Bird and flower patterns tangling Zentangle

Tangle Patterns Used: Toucan, Badget, Tierso, Spin2, Pineapple Pile Up, Podz, Unicorn, Red Bud, Hina Lane, Long Leaf, Meer Leaf, Nailed Heart, SO, Ruutz, Boodad, Bara Bara, and Cee-a-Mosa.

Zentangle Patterns Example Tangle All Around The World Book

Tangle Patterns Used:  I Ain’t Lyin’, Optical, Palmette, Bumpkin2, Wave Runner, Patchett, Patchop, Plicated, Leaf Tree, R-Chez, Whirligig, Rosie, Cutie, and Muppety.

Tangle All Around the World Book Patterns Animals With Color Example

Tangle Patterns Used: Use-Ful, Penguin, Hummingbird, Spidey, Belle Fiorè, and Vlecht.

Tangle All Around The World – Overall

Tangle All Around the World by Alice Hendon is a huge collection of tangle patterns from over 50 contributors. There are 453 patterns with a breakdown step-out, making it easy for you to draw each one.  If you want a collection of patterns to stimulate your creative juices, for easy drawing, or to use as embellishment for more realistic works, this a great book for the purpose.

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Tangle All Around The World – Tangle Patterns

3 Loops Around, 4 Point Star, 4 Rosie, 4 Spool, 4 Stroke, 4 Stroke Insects, 4Shelly, 5 Petals, 6 Star, A Meer Leaf, A-Plus, Aim, Air, Airways, All Boxed Up, Amaranth, Amigo Two, Anemone, Anooka, Ari, Aries, Arrowhead, Art From the Heart, Auratals, Avian, Baby, Baby Bear, Background #2, Background #3, Badget, Balla Balla, Banded, Bar Harbour, Bare Stix, Barz, Basquals, Baubles, Beaded Pipez, Bel Fiorè, Bell 3 Plant, Bella, Beruz, Bewitched, Biddie, Birch, Black Tie, Bladed, Bloom, Blooming Appealing, Blox, Boilerplate, Bolt Petal, Bow Petal, Box Fleur, Box Kite, Boxi, Braccialetto, Bradnut, Bri-Star, Buckle, Budz, Bulbz2, Bullnose, Bumpkinz, Camob, Carson, Cee-a-Mosa, Chalice, Charm, CherryLoop, Chunky Monkey, Chute, Citrus Flower, Class-EE, Clob, Compass, Conk, Cora, Coral, Coral (Steampunk), Coriz, Corn Rows, Corragate, Corset, Crete, Cross Bar, Curly Q, Curlz, Curlz2, Cutie, Daisy Chain, DalaZ, Dayz Eaze, Dayz-E Fleur Garden, Deci-DeLa, DEM, Desert Rain Frog, Diagnonal2, Divi, Divi2, Dollop, DomaFleur, Donut Fleur, Doodad, Dream Dancer, Drip Drop, Dropz, Dropz2, Drum, Dublin, Dutch Diamonds, Echo Fleur, Echo Two, Echolocation, Efilys, Egg Wrapper, Ela Leaf, Elephant Foot Tree, Eternity Heart, Exed, Extreme, Eyesi, Fab, Fagro, Fat Baobab, Fat Bird 1, Fatkrow, Festi, Fiddlin’, Field of Dreams, Fingerbobs, Fire, Fire Wheel, Firebox, Fishi, Flash, Flec, Fleurelle, Fling, Flo-Wheel, Floatz, Flora Flower, Florabud, Floral, Floral2, FloriGami, Flow Fleur, Flowering Artyjoke, Fluid, Flutterbye, Fluxquad, Fly Wheel, Foil, Fragmented flower, Fringe, Frog, Frog Fruit, Furdlee, Future, G’Raffe, Gate, Geer #1, Geer #2, Geer #3, Geer #4, Geer #5, Gellin’, Gettin’ Buggy, Gingajava, Golden, Googly Bird, Got Stars, Gum Drop, Hached, Half-Cap, HarleeQwin, Heart Loops, Heart2heart, Hedgehog/Echidna, Heli, Helical, Hina Lane, Hinge #1, Hive, Hole in the Hedge, Holey ABC’s, Holey Alphabet, Hollibaubles, I Ain’t Lyin’, I Am, I-Wear, Icing, Imperfection, Indy, Ingenblok, Instacon, Jaysix, Jester, Jump Rings, K’Mono, KeyChain, Kitl, Kiwi, Klok #2, Knoblesse, Konnect, KORT, Kurlee-kurl, Lacy, Leaf Tree, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, Lifter, Line Dance, Linkz, Linneus, LOL, Lollipop Plant, Long Leaf, Loop Screen, Love Lillies, Lovy-Dovy, Lucious Sprout, MAC, Mac & Cheese, Mama Bear, Manan, Marimekko, Masks, Matahari, Mathapod, Meandros, Medallion, Meeces, Mertail, Midnight Venture, Miff, Mix It Up, Mooka Flop, Mookafill, Mosaic, Mt. Hope, Muppety, ‘N the Round, Nailed Heart, Napoleon Claw, Nebula, Netz, Nian, Nin-Nio, Noel, Oaken, Octafleur, Opera, Optical, Oreo, Oringel, Oscillate, Over and Under, Owline, P_P, Paddle Pedal, Palmette, Papa Bear, Patch, Patchett, Patchop, Pax, Penguin, Peppy, Perspicax, Peso, Petal Plant, PeTree, Pig’s Nose, Pin Wheel, Pin-er, Pine roll, Pineapple, Pineapple Pile-Up, Pinez, Pinz, Pipez, Pipkinz, Pistia, Pleated Beauty, Plicated, Podz, Pointer, Porter, Pufcookie, Pulak, Quadrant, R-chez, Radhost, Raid, Red Bud, Reibi, Reynard, Ribbed Heart, Ribbon Candy, Ribbon Rose, Ring Link, Ringz, Ripped Screen, Ripple, Rng, rockwall, Roll Over, Roller, Rollin’, Rosè, Roshan, Ross, Rotary, Rotory, Round 2 It, Rozalo, Rozlin, Rubin, Rush, Rushy, Ruutz, S-Dot, Sacramento, Sailin’, Sati, Satin & Silk, Scoop, Sea Wall, Seize, Semaphore, Shaggy Plant, Shiretown, Shuri, Simple Lines, Skarab, Skinz, Slalom, Smoke Stax, Snag, SO, Sphere Gear, Spidey, Spin, Spin2, Spinz, Spiralex, Spirilla, Spiroz, Spool, Sprakit, Spring Loop, Sprocket, Sproink, Square Gear, Squared Off, Stack, Stained Glass, Stamen, Stanchun, Star Fire, Star Gear, Star Wall, StarFlake, Starry-Pete, Starshine, Steam Chane, Steel, Stinking Benjamin, Storybrooke, Sunz, Supplize, Suzi, Swirling Tide, Swirly Heart, Taaj, Tall Baobob, Tall Pipes, Tall Tree, Tear Gear, Tennyson, Tent, The Blues, The Reds, Tierso, Timeless, Tinfoil, Tira, TootsieMoon, Top Hat, Totem, Toucan, Treads, Treasure Dragon, Trellis, Tri-4, Tri-Fleur, Tri-Fleur (Steampunk), Tri-Heart, Triage, Trangles & diamonds, Triforce, Trigon, Trumpet Flowers, Trunky, Tunia, Turbine, Tweety, U & I, Uncube, Unicorn, Use-Away, Use-Ful, Use-Kickin’, V-Wraps, Veez, Venn, Vernice, Vintagem, Viola, Viecht, VO, Wave Runner, Waves, Weefenz, Weequash, Whee, Whirligig, Whirly Bird, Whistle, Whol-ee Tree, Wild Heart, Will-o-the-Wisp, Wind Fleur, Windmill, Wingnut, wings, Wobbe, Wrapper, Xcite, Y-Arrow, Your Call, Yuan Bao, YXBox, Z-Trope, Zeplin, Zigga, Zone.

Alice Hendon sent me a copy of her book, ‘Tangle All Around the World’ so I could review it. 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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20 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Wonderful review, Sandra! Loved watching the process!! There are just not enough hours in the day!!!!

    • Author
      Sandra Strait 1 month ago

      Thank you, Mary! I could certainly use a few more hours. If I find any spares, I’ll send some your way, lol.

      • Mary Roff 1 month ago

        I would appreciate that!! Thank you very much!👍🤗👌

  2. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    Great review Sandra and congrats for having so many designs including in her book!

    • Author
      Sandra Strait 1 month ago

      Thank you, Karen! I was very honored to have so many in it.

  3. Laura Hale 1 month ago

    What a cool book and wonderful art. Thank you Sandra for sharing with us, and kudos to you for your great art work.

  4. Fatima Chamkha 1 month ago

    Fantastic review of the book the tangle method lovely way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns and anyone can do it!!thanks Sandra for sharing you artwork!

  5. Kathy Delumpa Allegri 1 month ago

    Wowza! Kudos, all around! Wonderful and outstanding presentation, Alice, and Sandra, you continue to inspire! What a great way to start my Wednesday morning! Thank you!!

    • Author
      Sandra Strait 1 month ago

      Thank you, Kathy! I do miss having you here to share these things with!

  6. Loan Anh Pham 1 month ago

    Thank you, Sandra 😘

  7. Linda Calverley 1 month ago

    Great review and I adore the steampunk animals.

    • Author
      Sandra Strait 1 month ago

      Thank you, Linda! I had the best time drawing those steampunk animals.

      • Linda Calverley 1 month ago

        I saw that the book was available in the UK so I’ve ordered it, I love a tangle.

  8. Jennifer McLean 1 month ago

    totally awesome review, Sandra. Your video is also so well done, the steam punk camera lens type thing was very cool. And we’re lucky to know such an accomplished best selling author!! That pen is so cool, now I get what you were crowing about, what a great invention!

    • Author
      Sandra Strait 1 month ago

      Thank you, Jenn! It is amazing to know a best-selling author! I love the steampunk effect but probably won’t be able to use it again. I decided to try Filmora’s Special Effects subscription, but it’s $10 a month and it was difficult to work with, so I canceled it. *sigh* I had hopes!

  9. alice 1 month ago

    sandra, thank you so much for the great review! and thank you for sharing your art and patterns <3 I love the steampunk penguin I have hanging here in my studio 🙂

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