Monthly Archives: May 2014

New Tangle Pattern – Rivet


While I was working on my challenge yesterday, I started to draw this pattern and realized I haven’t seen it before – I love when you get so immersed in what you’re doing that you unlock something new.  I’m sharing my pattern, Rivet here.  If you noticed my Circle piece yesterday, it goes around the top circle on the left and I think I really like it in it’s curved form.  Have fun.

Rivet Tangle Pattern by Chris Gerstner 001 (2)


I love when people use my patterns and I don’t care if you’re using them for yourself or even if you are selling a piece with my pattern in it.  But I will ask if you are going to include any of my patterns in a publication or reference, that you contact me for permission and give credit where credit is due.  Thanks!

Tangled Art


I’ve been drawing again – I love to draw, but there just isn’t enough time to do all the things I love to do.  My constants seem to be knitting and Tangling.

Tangled Art Bunzo 52714 001

I may shade this – right now I’m waiting for my zenstones to arrive from  I think I like it fine the way it is, but we’ll see.  Sometimes I just have to look at something for a little while to decide which way to go.

Tangle Art 52114

I’m loving this Toned Tan paper – a little something different to work on besides white.

sea turtle 51814

This is one of Ben Kwok’s templates.  If you’ve never seen or heard of him, he’s incredibly talented and has made these templates available to anyone in the Ornation Creation Group over on Facebook.  This Sea Turtle is very special to me.  I saw Ben’s template after my Uncle Rocky passed away last December.  He was very involved in Sea Turtle Preservation and I felt instantly that I had to do something with this for my Aunt in honor of him.  I’ve since framed it and it is ready to ship to her.  I’m kind of nervous about it, but I think she’ll like it.

Someday, I would really love to take the Zentangle certification course to become a CZT and teach, but right now the high price of that is sort of out of the question for me – I think it’s something like $170o for the 4 day course –   I would love it if they offered a scholarship for it – or if I could win the lottery – I’d be putting my name on the list for that course very fast!  In the meantime – I’m happy to share in an informal way – recently my cousin (my uncles daughter, in fact) became interested in trying “tangling” and I pointed her in the direction of and, along with suggestions on the many books out there that offer more information.     I think I probably have most every Zentangle book out there right now and I’m always referring back to my “library”.  After my cousin started tangling,  my Aunt saw what she was doing and wanted to know more soooo….it’s fun to pass along something I find so enjoyable and I hope they get as much enjoyment from it as I do.   It’s funny, it seems like yesterday my Blog friend Opal introduced me to this and when I look back on my sketch books it’s already been three years!  I’ve complied quite the  collection of patterns over on Pinterest – which really comes in handy as I can use the Pinterest app on my phone and have a virtual library of patterns at my fingertips!  There are so many patterns now, sometimes I find myself struggling over what to use.  I’m happy to say that I have four patterns of my own out there now, as well.  Archer was the first I created and I’m tickled it is over at  Since then I’ve created Petal Panes, Cairn and Petal Pusher, and Pew-Pew which I’ve published on my own.  While I would love for them to be over at, I’m happy to share them myself.   After Petal Panes was not accepted for inclusion at Tanglepatterns, I realized there were other ways to share my patterns – has a freehand doodle pattern group and I’m happy to have my patterns over there and on pinterest.  As long as I can share them somehow, that’s what matters.  I love the fact that anyone can do this, anywhere, any amount of ability.  You just have to give it a try and see where it takes you!