What is Zentangle?

The short definition: Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from structured patterns. It was developed by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts of Zentangle, Inc.

You can also see more at my website, including my teaching schedule.

Zentangle is:
  • beautiful
  • creative
  • easy
  • fun
  • relaxing
  • portable
  • simple
  • inexpensive
Zentangle can:
  • increase your focus,
  • help you relax,
  • inspire your creativity,
  • improve teamwork,
  • build your confidence,
  • change your outlook.

Surprised? Skeptical?  I was, too.  
Trying is believing.

See what others are saying about Zentangle:

  • Tangling the Zen
  • Wapakoneta Daily News - Joy and art of zentangle
  • A Zentangle Web we weave - The Westerly Sun: News
  • http://www.golocalworcester.com/lifestyle/maria-thomas-and-rick-roberts-zentangles-a-worldwide-phenomenon/
  • Margaret Bremner article in Whole Life

  • Zentangle or Doodles
    Reprinted with permission from Verlin
     “What's the difference between the Zentangles and my doodles? I've been doodling all of my life."   It's an honest questioning from someone who wants to know.    I often respond with, "Is your work teachable? Can you teach others to do what you do?" At that point, I find myself in a mini-lecture with this analogy to music. The 102 “tangles” are a form of standardized notation, much as in music, that students first learn to master. Each Certified Zentangle Teacher learns to master these 102 tangles so as to be able to teach students to make art in the first two classroom hours. Standardized tangles make classroom instruction possible. The students soon learn to recognize these tangles in a complex looking piece of art the way musicians recognize chord structure in someone else's music. Yes, there are gifted artists who paint well without lessons, or gifted musicians who can write and play songs without reading music. But they have no method for teaching students their craft. My father grew up in an Amish home where musical instruments were forbidden. While I was yet in grade school, I would see him bring home from his monthly excursions to the local auction barn keyboard musical instruments; a bellows organ, an upright piano, or several accordions. I would marvel as in a few minutes he could teach himself to play familiar hymns as the family sang along. His method of teaching me to solve any problem was, “If you just look at it long enough, it will come to you."  My brain was not wired like his.  I never learned to play “by ear.” For certain gifted people no lessons are necessary to create art; not so for the general population. We need a way of learning to make art we enjoy. Zentangle makes that possible for us “one stroke at a time.”