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

More good stuff …


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