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Tangle Refresher 109 – And a birthday message of gratitude for Maria Thomas, Zentangle co-founder

Tangle Refresher!One of the notable characteristics distinguishing Zentangle® from the multitude of imitators now flooding the market is its guiding principle of gratitude and appreciation.

A Zentangle session is a Ceremony beginning with a pause for reflection focused on gratitude and appreciation for everything in our lives. This gratitude extends right down to the tools we have the privilege of creating with, including the beautiful custom artists’ paper of our Zentangle tiles and the exquisite marks we make with deliberation and our Sakura Micron pen. And, without doubt, for the artists who generously share their lovely tangles with us and through which we are able to express our creativity.

Today our special gratitude and appreciation goes to Maria Thomas, Zentangle co-founder, who celebrates her birthday tomorrow (Saturday, August 15th) and without whom we would not have our shared joy of Zentangle. If you are familiar with Maria’s “story”, you will recall that as an artist from the youngest age Maria had a frequent dream where she had invented a new color. We now know that color to be Zentangle.

A few summers ago in honor of Maria’s birthday co-founder Rick Roberts created the Zentangle-original Assunta tangle which we feature here today in our Buried Treasure.

Every time we pick up our Micron pen and enjoy the texture and beauty that is a Zentangle tile, gratitude and appreciation go into our process. Appreciation and love that flows both ways — from us to Rick and Maria, and from them to all of us who share their magical journey.

In love and gratitude, Happy Birthday, Maria!


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: Assunta. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Assunta
Zentangle pattern: Vercut. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Vercut
Zentangle pattern: ConneSSes. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Connesses
Zentangle pattern: Jingles. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Jingles
Zentangle pattern: Stitch. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Stitch
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 81

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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