I bought the [Zentangle Apprentice] Classroom Pack #1
and I have started teaching it to my students who are at various levels of Special Ed.
I have been teaching for 25 years and the frustrations of imparting difficult art concepts seem to have disappeared using the Zentangle system.
Thank You --JB
I thought you might like this story. Every year, after Christmas lunch, we sit down as a family and create a small canvas tile together. Each year there is a theme or a medium we all use. Last year it was buttons and trees, the year before animals we have seen on Christmas Day. But this year the memory of 2013 was discovering Zentangle!
It was so peaceful tangling to the sounds of the Australian bush. Merry Christmas to you all.
I have six grown up children and this year they all got a Zentangles kit for Christmas, even the daughter who lives in Canada.
I love spreading the Zentangle message and am really looking forward to the CZT course in June.
Cheers from Western Australia, --GM
Hi Rick and Maria,
I thought you might want to see this. Anna is a ten year old who took a class from me in August. She loves doing Zentangle and her mom sent me this photo of her display for her school.
She got a lot of positive feedback on it from students and teachers alike.
Have a great day,
Brenda Shaver Shahin, CZT (Ontario, Canada)
I spent a wonderful evening with Kathy Barringer, a local CZT in the capital district here in New York. I have been familiar with Zentangle for a while now but wanted to learn from someone with some experience and training as well as to give myself this gift. Thanks for a wonderful evening! --BK
I have a very wise sister (lucky me) who, when I told her how many mistakes and problems I ran into while completing this box, gave me the time to complain and then asked me to send her a picture when it was complete. Today, she gave me something new to ponder and suggested I call this box Wabi-Sabi. I did not know what that meant and I went on the hunt for its meaning........
Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It's simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all.
Now, when I look at this little box, I will visualize my "trials and tribulations" simply as beautiful imperfections and thereby reach that state of wellbeing.
-- S.M., BC, Canada
Rick and Maria,
Just a note to thank you for sharing your talents which provide so much inspiration, creativity and joy.
I received the Zentangle Kit from my husband for a Christmas present, I believe 2 years ago, and have enjoyed learning from both of you and others who contribute to this activity. I have shared Zentangle with 4 of my grandchildren who have taken to it with bright eyes and enthusiasm. You are really a blessing. Looking forward to new tangles this year! --NS, Ohio
I found Zentangle by fluke. I purchased some sewing machine accessories on Amazon, and bought some sewing books, and on the right side bar...'other people also bought..." and I saw all these books with (at that time) a mess of black and white scribble. I ignored it, as I was just so into my sewing, until one day, I thought, "what IS this stuff?!?" Checked it out, fell 'in love'. :)
The deconstruction of tangles...that opened my eyes big time...countless "AHA!" moments...so much so, that I had to sit back and stare, hold the paper up and...stare, analyse... wow! Having been an oil painter for 30 years (mostly dog portraits), drawing always evaded me. Zentangle, drawing the step outs of the tangle deconstruction and...shading...has allowed me to just begin to draw other 'things'. I owe it all to Zentangle, as nothing [else] 'worked' for me since childhood.
Two years ago, I became familiar with your unique art form. It has allowed me such relief and comfort from my pain. Time is lost while I am tangling. Time that never seemed to move in the past for me. I thank you so much!
Last Monday my husband dropped our goddaughter/niece who is in 5th grade at school, proudly carrying the "Apprentice Class Pack" and "The Book of Zentangle" to donate to her class. A person just has no way of knowing whom this method will touch and provide therapy to. I look very forward to meeting you both! Sincere wishes, KP
Dear Rick and Maria,
I hope everything is great, I wanted to tell you that I am giving my 8th Zentangle seminar and people love it.
I would like to send you a magazine where they made me an interview about Zentangle. It is very nice and everyone is very interested.
Thank you so much
Patricia Meier, CZT, Ecuador
Elsewhere on this globe, Fina Man, CZT, holds Zentangle classes in Hong Kong. Here she is with a few young Zentangle artists!
And here is a very small sampling of tiles from that class:
Closer to home, here is a recent picture from one of our daughter Molly's classes:
More and more we consider the Zentangle Method and art form as a type language. Those last two images certainly "speak" to that idea!