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Tangle Refresher 107 – And a very Happy 11th Anniversary to Zentangle® …

Tangle Refresher!Today, July 17th, is the 11th anniversary of the first public Zentangle® class which was the beginning of this remarkable, inspirational Zentangle journey.

So to Rick and Maria and all the lovely folks at Zentangle HQ, our heartfelt congratulations and our gratitude in abundance for this wonderful gift we all share because of you.

In my view, Zentangle has changed the landscape of the art world by making it inclusive for anyone who can pick up a pen to experience the personal joy of creativity and artful self expression.

On this happy occasion, I thought it appropriate to “reissue” these thoughts from a year ago

In the Zentangle® Method we often refer to the phrase “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.™”

Through the Zentangle Method many people who thought “I’m not an artist,” are surprised, delighted and sometimes overwhelmed to discover they are, “One stroke at a time.

This singular focus on each stroke is part of the deliberate process of the Zentangle Method of mindfully creating unplanned, abstract art. Mindfully … creating … unplanned … abstract … art.

In their classes CZTs will frequently encourage you to draw each and every stroke deliberately, taking time to savor and appreciate each delicate line of ink on the tile. Slowing down and focusing on each stroke is part of the “process” in the artistic meditation aspects of the Zentangle art form.

Among its many pleasurable benefits, there is another very good reason for slowing down as you draw.

The Book of ZentangleIn The Book of Zentangle, Rick and Maria write: “Give yourself more time to draw each stroke. The fine motor skills you use for typing or texting are different from the ones you use to draw. Let your muscles get used to drawing.

In the relentless (dare I say mindless?) rush of our electronic world, it seems we need to be reminded to give ourselves time. Time to disconnect. To be still. To be quiet. To enjoy solitude. To be deliberate in our thoughts and actions. To be deliberate one stroke at a time.

And to be ever so grateful for this wonderful journey.

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too. Zenful tangling!

BTW as you visit these tangles it would be great if you’d take a moment to leave a comment of thanks and encouragement for the tangler who’s shared with us, and please share the tangles with your followers on all your favorite social media. Thanks!

Buried Treasure from a year ago
Zentangle pattern: DRUPE. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Drupe
Zentangle pattern: Inaura. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Inaura
Zentangle pattern: Swirly. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Swirly
Zentangle pattern: Kizzmet. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Kizzmet
Zentangle pattern: Roel. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Roel
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 79

More good stuff …

TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2016 Edition

TanglePatterns.com TANGL GUIDE, 2016 Edition The current Edition of my TANGLE GUIDE. This instant-download digital eBook contains all the tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2015. It's a must-have tool for using the site.
Visit the BOOK REVIEWS page for more details on its features and view a sample page.
Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page for more information and support TanglePatterns.com by getting your copy now!
If you're new to Zentangle® and tangling, my TanglePatterns.com BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.
Zentangle Primer Volume 1 Remember you can get your official Zentangle supplies here too, including the fabulous new Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®! Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H
The Official Zentangle Kit Another great jump-starter for new tanglers is the original Official Zentangle Kit. The Kit includes all the supplies you'll need to get started properly: Sakura Micron Pens, Zentangle Tiles, pencil, sharpener, tortillion, a booklet and an instructional DVD by co-founder Maria Thomas. Click on the image for more information about the Kit and its contents.

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3 comments to Tangle Refresher 107 – And a very Happy 11th Anniversary to Zentangle® …

  • Celso of Portugal

    How do I apply the CZT, here in Portugal?Thanks

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Celso, information on how to become a CZT is on this page on the top menu bar of the site: ZENTANGLES > TEACHING ZENTANGLE® > HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED ZENTANGLE TEACHER. Certification classes for 2015 are now over and dates for 2016 will be announced later this Fall. The information will be added to TanglePatterns as soon as it is announced by Zentangle headquarters.

  • Diana Smith

    I am a beginner and this site is wonderful for me. New tangles for me to practice and build a collection that I can go to when stumped…what a nice gift from all who contribute! Thank you very much, Diana

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