Forver tangles Contemporary artWay back in 1993 I was studying my Art GCSE.I saw one of my friends doodling and liked what I saw.  So, I had a go myself and came up with these 3 pictures.


Tangle1 Tangle2 Tangle3


18 years later, I stumbled upon the art of Zentangle and realised that I had been doing something similar many years before.  I picked up a pen and a piece of paper and started to doodle some tangles.I thought about what I would do with my rediscovered art and one thing that I could not seem to find online was anyone doing tangles in the shape of letters, words or names.

What are Tangles?   Essentially 'tangles' are the unique patters that you can see within my images. They often begin with a line or a shape and develop as the pen moves. When I 'tangle' I usually don't know what the finished piece will look like, so I'm constantly surprised when I step back and look at the final image.  I hope you will be impressed by the elegance, movement, flow and stark contrast within my Tangles.



One of the first pieces I drew when I rediscovered tangling was for my friend’s daughter’s first birthday.   I hope that when she is 10, 18, 30 and even 50, she will be able to look at her Forever Tangle and know that it was drawn just for her.

Time to Tangle   I am often asked how do I go about creating my tangle pieces.  I usually start with an outline sometimes in pencil and sometimes directly in ink.  Depending on the image I am working on, I will then divide the image into sections and begin drawing the repeate tangle patterns.  If the image is small it is less effective to divide it into even smaller sections, so smaller images have less sections of different patterns. I usually ink in the images as I go.  I tend to work from left to right to avoid smudging!

Drawing a tangle image1 Drawing a tangle image2 Drawing a tangle image3

 aNia D Thomas
Forever Tangle Artist