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STORIES: Zentangle® helps cope with devastating loss

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 livesNew tangler Shirley H from Columbia, Maryland, writes …

“My dear sweet mother passed away at age 87 in June. We lived together all our lives. It has been a devastating loss. The only way I can cope is to keep busy. I have done many crafts over the years. I taught needlepoint for 20 years. I have never delve too much into art, as I don’t consider myself an ‘artist.’

Not long after mom passed, I had dinner with some high school alumni and one lady mentioned she had just came from a Zentangle class. I had never heard of it. When she showed me some of her pieces, I was fascinated. So much so that I looked it up on the internet when I got home. What a shock to see all the sites dedicated to Zentangle. The next day I went to the craft store, bought some paper and pens and a book and off I went.

Shirley shares her tangled drawings

I was concerned that I would be too process oriented to give way to the creative juices, but it just helped me to calm my mind and concentrate on something besides how lonely the house is without mom.

Shirley shares her tanlged drawings

Still no formal training, but I am going for a class next week. I will find out what I am doing wrong and will have to correct my bad habits. The hardest thing for me is to slow down and take it line by line.Shirley shares her tangled drawings

I created the heart to use on a custom t-shirt that we will order for our company’s heart walk. I volunteered to lead this year’s campaign in honor of my mom. My team loved the design.”

Shirley shares her tangled drawings

~ Shirley

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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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