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Combining Tangles
Zentangle in the News
Zentangle Adornments
Awesome Feedback
Training, Exhibits & Workshops
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September 2008

We're getting ready for our gallery opening on October 3. If you're able to come by, we'd love to see you. More info below.
In this issue we discuss combining tangles. We also share a few other gems.

Combining Tangles
It can be fun and challenging to use familiar tangles in new and different ways.

Combining tangles is a great way to discover and create beautiful new patterns for your Zentangle creations.

One way to "choose" combinations is to use your 20-sided die and Legend(tm) sheet. Role your die for your first tangle and again for your second.

In this first example we combined Hollibaugh with Crescent Moon.

tangoe title
tangoe a

And some more ideas:

tangoe b

We hope you have fun exploring new combinations of tangles.

Zentangle in the News
Here are some excerpts from an article in the Southbridge Evening News, May 12, 2008.

Make Time to Exercise Muscles of Your Mind
by Matt Reynolds

[. . .] Friday's exhibition featured instructions in a host of mental fitness practices, including aroma therapy, yoga, hand-waxing and Reiki [. . .] Clubhouse members also browsed informational tables on aspects of mental and physical wellness including proper dietary habits.

The overarching theme, according to Marvel, is "relaxation, managing stress, restoring yourself - body, mind and spirit - and looking at ways of doing different things."

"It's all about self-care, self-responsibility, self-awareness, and taking your recovery into your own hands, with the support of your community," Vezima said.

The best part, Marvell noted, is that all of these lessons and habits can be easily and conveniently sewn into the fabric of daily life.

Among the more popular attractions at Mental Fitness Friday were the two Zentangle tables stationed toward the back of the main room.

Zentangle, a drawing technique suitable for novices and seasoned artists alike, is a method of building complex images from the repetition of simple patterns. Applied carefully, Zentangle yields an impressively elaborate finished product composed of a few hundred effortless [pen] strokes.

"Everybody can make a beautiful piece of artwork," said Maura Pieciak, a volunteer with the Recovery Learning Community. "That's the thrill of it. It really is simple, and yet it's beautiful."

Tradewinds member Nicole Cleveland watched intently as her young daughters, Aurora and Elizabeth Coughlin, were getting the handle of Zentangle and diligently blanketing small squares of paper with intricate designs.

"It helps them to learn to relax a little, to be more mindful," Cleveland said.

"It relaxes you and it's fun," said clubhouse member Melissa Bolduc, who was practicing the drawing scheme alongside her daughter, Destiny. [. . .]

"When I started getting the gist, it really made me feel good about myself, that I could draw when I didn't think I was very artistic," Horner said.

Pieciak said Zentangle helps clear the mind of stress and anxiety by creating focus on the task at hand. Each morning, she whips up a quick Zentangle drawing to start the day off on the right foot.

"To me, this is healing art, so I love sharing it," Pieciak said.

Zentangle Adornments

Zentangle goes to college. . . college dorm, that is.

Our friend Sam (you can see her Zentangle gallery here) had some Zentangle fun with her dorm room waste basket.

can side       can side

And when our friends from Tradewinds visited (see article above), Lara showed us this delightful tea chest that she covered with beautiful Zentangle patterns.

tea chest

Awesome Feedback
This wonderful comment is a good example of the feedback we receive. We appreciate getting and reading all your comments. Thank you.

Dear Zentangle,

I am a licensed professional counselor at a non-profit cancer center in Illinois. I'd like to offer Zentangle as an art therapy to my patients.

Thank you for EVERYTHING! Zentangle has reawakened my passion for creativity and given me the confidence that I CAN be creative "one stroke at a time." Combined with my passion for meditation, this is a PERFECT tool for peace of mind.  

With warmest regards,

Debra Disney, MSEd, LPC
Cancer Center for Healthy Living
Peoria, Illinois

Training, Exhibits & Workshops

As you can see from the above article and comment, Zentangle is an enjoyable and effective way to enrich and empower many different types of groups.

We will offer a Zentangle Training Certification program in February, 2009. Graduates will be certified to conduct trainings and will also be authorized to resell Zentangle products. Graduates can create extra income by offering their own workshops and selling Zentangle products.

You can read more about this training in previous newsletters here and here. Look for further training updates in mid-October.

Exhibit & Workshops
Zentangle's premier public exhibit opens Friday, 5-8 PM, October 3, 2008 at Alternatives. Our exhibit will run through November.

We will also offer two Zentangle workshops during this exhibit on Wednesday evenings, October 22 and October 29 from 7 - 9 PM. There will be a $35 workshop fee. Register for a workshop by calling Alternatives at 508-234-6232.

There will be no admission charged at our opening reception. If you can come by, we'd love to meet you.

We appreciate sharing this adventure with you and hope to meet many of you soon.

Best regards,

Rick and Maria
About Zentangle
Zentangle is an easy to learn and relaxing method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.

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