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STORIES: Zentangle® helps express feelings without words

In this occasional series on TanglePatterns, readers describe in their own words how Zentangle® has changed their lives. For more accounts in this series, click on the “STORIES” link in the alphabetical listing above.
Visit this post for the stories that inspired this series.

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STORIES: How Zentangle changes livesVirginia CZT Kat van Rooyen recently shared this beautiful and touching story with me and she agreed to share it here with the Zentangle community.

“As a retired psychotherapist, I know the advantage of drawing and allowing the subconscious to express itself. The same can and does happen with Zentangle-type art if it is not planned out or forced in any way. I often pull out a tile if I’m feeling strong emotion (including anxiety) and lose myself into this wonderful meditative activity.

Yesterday [October 13th] was my son’s 24th birthday… The infant son who only lived thirty days and never got to come home from the hospital. I was amazed how my body reacted to the date in spite of not feeling great sorrow.  My body remembered what my mind tried to forget.

I sat down with my trusty pen and pulled out a tile. This was the result.

Image copyright Kat van Rooyen and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright Kat van Rooyen and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

I didn’t realize it was heart-shaped with an empty section until I was through. I have two other biological children who are reflected as sections of the heart. There are even more remarkable revelations that I’ll not share here, but how amazing was this tile?! I felt so much better when I was finished… The feelings were expressed without words.”

~ Kat van Rooyen – CZT-20 – Tazewell VA – In the heart of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains

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If you would like to share your own experience for this series, please email me (linda [at] tanglepatterns [dot] com). You can make your story as long as or short as you like and if you wish your personal details to remain private, I will certainly honor that.

By publishing your “testimonials”, I’m hoping it will help spread the word about Zentangle to many others who can REALLY benefit from it. As the Zentangle founders say, “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”™

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In case you missed it ...

Zentangle is "not just the latest buzzword for ‘that thing I was already doing years ago in the margins of notebooks’." So if that's what you've been thinking, you don't know Zentangle. Yet. For enlightenment on this subject please read CZT Sandy Hunter's eloquent article On Understanding Zentangle.  

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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.
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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 STORIES: Zentangle® helps express feelings without words

  • Julie K.

    Kat, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for allowing your moving story to be shared here. The power of Zentangle never ceases to amaze. Linda, thanks for bringing this story to us.

  • Very sorry to hear you lost your baby all those years ago, Kat. You never, never forget, and your body has its own memory, doesn’t it. I am so glad that Zentangle is helping, and what a beautiful and moving tile.

  • Sally

    An amazing story. Thanks so much for sharing! And the tile is beautiful.

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