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It’s TanglePatterns 5th Anniversary today, May 4th!

Cheers!Call it a Birthday or an Anniversary or better still, let’s use the super cool term coined by CZT Sandy Hunter … today is TanglePatterns FIFTH Tangleversary!

On May 4th, 2010, TanglePatterns was launched with the headline “Welcome Zentangle Zealots!“.

And here we are FIVE {that’s V in Zentanglish} years later, and still as Zentangle®-zealous as ever.

In this time we’ve enjoyed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of tangles, dozens and dozens of wonderful tutorials, tons of creative inspiration, the world of tanglers sharing their expertise and experience and their heartfelt stories. Friendships have been made around the globe. It’s a beautiful thing this Zentangle community of ours.

Thanks so much to each and every one of you who help keep TanglePatterns going with your financial and emotional support. Thanks too for your treasured notes, cards, letters, emails, and comments of encouragement.

Immeasurable gratitude to Rick and Maria for this magical Zentangle® art form that made this wonderful community possible. Thanks to all my CZT colleagues for sharing their enthusiasm with tanglers all over the world. And a very special thanks to all the artists who share their tangles with us and inspire our creativity.

TanglePatterns 5th Anniversary!

Thanks for allowing me the honor and the pleasure of keeping your Zentangle passion fueled with I look forward to many more years of fun, learning, and inspiration as we share this wonderful Zentangle journey together.

And paraphrasing tangler Sandra Cummings, “May the 4th always be with you!” 🙂

Love and hugs to you all and please enjoy a digital cupcake, or five (they’re gluten-free) …

BTW – if you fancy creating a Tangleversary Zentangle, you can email a scan or (better still) mail your tile to me at PO Box 31146, Palm Beach Gardens FL 33420. I’d love to see what you come up with! xx


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51 comments to It’s TanglePatterns 5th Anniversary today, May 4th!

  • Cheryl Cianci

    Congratulations to you! And to us, who all benefit from your site! Thank you! Cheryl <3

  • Congratulations to you, dear Linda, it’s been an amazing journey you’ve guided us along–thank you!It’s been a real honor to be among this, as you say, astonishing and beautiful community of tanglers.
    Happy V Tangleversary!And unbound wishes for so many more. 🙂
    -Jane Dickinson, CZT V & VIII

  • Mary Reich

    Happy Tangleversary to you and this very important site!

  • Jackie

    Congratulations Linda ! Thank you for all you do !

  • Linda, you have become an important resource to CZT’s and tanglers every where! Thank you so much!!

  • Sandy Hunter

    happiest tangleversary to you, Linda! Thanks for all the work you do to keep those patterns coming! 🙂

  • Congratulations Linda and thank you so much for your patternsite. I teach a lot to young kids and they like your site more then books…
    Have a nice day,
    greeting from Holland,
    Stella (CZT-12)

  • Sandy Hunter

    oh, haha… I just clicked on the link and scrolled down to the comments… was surprised to see my name when I scrolled up to read what you wrote! I also read catalogs from back to front. I really need to quit that. lol

  • Jayne Duey

    Happy Anniversary!
    My life would be incomplete without Zentangle!
    Thanks so much for your work on this wonderful site.

  • Marty McCarter, CZT 17

    . . . – dot, dot, dot, dash = V

    V = 5

    Thank you from each and every one of us. Marty

  • Happy 5th Tangleversary Linda!! Thank you for all you do for us. As a beginner (just started in March 2015), this web site has been a fountain of information for me. I have shared it with several of my friends.

  • Congratulations, Linda. You are doing a great service to the tangling community! Thanks.

  • Stephanie Barclay

    Congratulations!! I found your site just over a year ago and even bought the pattern guide. Wishing you many more years of success. 🙂

  • Happy Tangleday!Happy Anniversary.
    I enjoy your post every day.
    Hope you’ll continue this during years and years.

  • Susan

    Happy 5th Tangleversary Linda!! Looking forward to the next five years!!

  • Larry Akers

    Congratulations on your 5th Tangleversary!!! I am so happy that you are here to help me enjoy my new found interest in Tangling. I have found so much inspiration on this site from all of you. Keep Tangling!

  • Judy

    What a great day to celebrate your Fifth — my birthday! Congratulations on your fifth. You have given us a wonderful learning tool. And for Tanglers everywhere I wish you many. many more.

  • Happy 5th Tangleversary and many happy returns of the day! First lustrum, yay!! Linda, thank you so much for all the joy you’re bringing with each post 🙂

  • Congratulations. I have been with you for only three years and enjoy the posts every time. I have recommended this to lots of people.
    Thank you so much.

  • Sharon Caforio

    Congratulations Linda – such a blessings has been! I recommend it all the time. Happy 5th Tangleversary to you!

  • Thanks, Linda. I tell all my students to sign up with you. Congratulations!

  • Jodi

    Happy Anniversary! This is truly an irreplaceable resource. I know I’m not alone in saying I don’t know what I’d do without this site!

  • Sue Zanker

    Happy, HAPPY 5th Tangleversary!! I certainly feel everlastingly grateful for your site Linda. It opened a new world for me, that’s for sure. I have a ‘tangleversary’ date too… friend Rae told me of your site and I did my very first tangle on 12th February 2012 and I am quite sure I am not the only tangler who remembers THE day they discovered tangling.
    Thank you yet again for your efforts……you have changed so many lives.

  • Jenny

    Wishing a Totally Terrific Tangleversary to Tons of Talented Tanglers! Linda, Thank you for tickling the talents of tons of talented tanglers. Jenny

  • Maryll

    Happy Tangleversary! Thank you so very much for the incredible gift you’ve given us.

  • Sara Brandli

    Oh thank you Linda for the wonderful site. I stumbled on it about 4 years ago by pure accident, my life has been truly enriched every since. I look forward to the amazing online fellowship for many many more years to come. happy birthday

  • Jani

    I found this site by accident about a year ago, and it has been a huge inspiration. Thank you so much! Congratulations on Five Years—look forward to many more!

  • Padma Shankar

    Congratulations…….I visited this site by chance and got addicted to it…….your tangle patterns are an inspiration and a meditative tool for me. I am extremely grateful to you …..Looking forward for more tangles……Wish the site and administrators Happy birthday…..regards,

  • Hearty Congratulation. Happy Birthday

    You are one of the best sources to learn tangling. Thanks a ton for this website .. 🙂 🙂

  • Janet G

    Happy Anniversary, Linda

    Thank you for a site full of lessons and inspiration, I’ve learned so much.

  • Jennifer sparrow

    Happy tangleversary! Thank you for all the nourishment you provide for our creativity and discovery. Your site has changed my LIFE!

  • Happy Tangleversary! Thanks for doing such a wonderful job of maintaining this incredible resource and community.

  • RogerGreengo

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary Linda. Your site has saved my sanity since my wife died. Thank you so much for all the hard work keeping it up and current. Roger

  • Trish Paquette

    Happy 5th Anniversary with Tangle Patterns, Linda. You have created such a wonderful resource for us all to tap into anytime, and a venue where we can see how everyone else is doing, and pick up lots of tips and tricks from each other. I am totally amazed at how Zentangle has spanned the world, and yet has brought us all closer together!! Thanks so much for all your work and creativity!!

  • Julie Brill

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for such a wonderful site! Here’s to many more years!

  • Catherine

    Happy Anniversary! 🙂 As the 4th May is also my birthday…, well I must say that this couldn’t be better! I love Zentangle and I thank you very much for this wonderful site! It is always a pleasure for me to read here and find so much inspiration. Zentangle is an important part in my life. Thank you so much for all your wonderful work 🙂

  • Joyce

    Happy Tangleversary, Linda, and congratulations for five hard years of labor for our benefit. I know that I certainly appreciate all you’ve done here, and you have made my favorite site on the web!!!

  • Noelene Kelly

    Happy 5th Anniversary and well done, Linda. The first thing I do when I get to my computer is check out your. what I call “Whats happening today” site. Love it!

  • Paula

    Well done! Can’t believe it has been 5 years. Love the site, it is the one I turn to for inspiration and I so appreciate your awesome efforts in compiling a great resource for us.

  • Ruth

    A day late – but my congrats and kudos are nevertheless celebrating. An amazing service you provide – look forward to each new posting. Thank you thank you

  • Melena

    Linda! Congratulations on 5 wonderful years.

    I have found this site to be so positive and reinforcing for my developing skills. I’ve learned a tremendous amount and I’m constantly finding new things on here to add to my list of new skills.

    Thank you very much for contributing so much. You are truly cherished by all of us.

  • joan

    this site has made ALL the difference in the world to zentangleing. I appreciate what Maria and Rick have done, but what you’ve done Linda, has been available right from the start and this generosity has had a profound positive influence in my life. Thank you from the depths.

  • Congratulations on the anniversary. A very helping site, very inspiring and really great!!

  • Win Fuller

    Hi Linda,
    I use your site all the time and I’m so thankful for all of your hard work and the time that you put in to make everything so easy for us tanglers. It’s because of all this that I’m a happy tangler!
    I appreciate all that you do! thank you so very much!

  • Linda – Congratulations on 5 years! You have done a wonderful job of keeping readers and artists engaged in your site and I know what an immense job that must be for you!

    Thank you for everything you do for us!

  • Daphne LaPorte

    Like all the numerous comments above – Congratulations on 5 years of a wonderful site – since I discovered you, I have not stopped tangling and am an addict! Have done heaps of cards and drawings and can’t wait each time to discover new tangles. Thank you for sharing and keeping us in the loop. Many happy returns for your generosity.

  • Congratulations Linda on your 5th anniversary!
    TanglePatterns remains one of the great resource sites for tanglers,

  • Janey Lively

    Happy Tanglleversary and many more. Thanks for all you do to promote art.

  • Congratulations but mostly THANK YOU!!!

  • Terri Brown

    Happy birthday and congrats! What a great site you have created. I use it regularly and recommend it to my students as a great resource! Here’s to many more tangling years! Cheers!!!

  • Happy 5th Tangleversary!!!!!
    Thank you, Linda, for creating this website. I am new to Zentangle (April 2015) and your site has been a very worthwhile time spent here learning. Peace and love to you and your loved ones ~ Heather

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