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Today is TanglePatterns 9th Tangleversary!

TanglePatterns is 9 today!Is it a birthday? Is it an anniversary? Both, it’s a Tangleversary!

Today, tucked in between May Day and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, celebrates NINE wonderful years of sharing Zentangle® learning, creativity, fun and inspiration with you.

Nine years. For those who are counting that’s 470 weeks (3,290 days) … almost a decade of my life! OMGosh.

Over the past 470 weeks 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 to CZT Sandy Hunter for coming up with Tangleversary!)

And a very special thanks to all the artists who share their tangles with us and inspire our creativity.

I’ve said in the past and it’s worth repeating, it’s truly my honor to keep you tangled … er … tangling!

As Obi-Wan Kenobi might say, “May the 4th be with you!”


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38 comments to Today is TanglePatterns 9th Tangleversary!

  • Carol Fraser

    Congrats, Sis! So much hard work and love went into this. Xoxo

  • Doreen McComb

    Congratulations Linda on your 9th tangleversary!

    You are a perfectionist in all you do.

    Mom xo

  • Cleo Thompson

    Congrats, Linda. Thank you so much for THIS decade of your life!!! Cleo

  • Pamela Sauerwald

    Congratulations, Linda and many thanks for your dedication and valuable service!

  • Congratulations, Linda! It’s been a long time, and yet it seems like only yesterday that you launched this site! Thanks for being an integral part of the Zentangle world!

  • Jane

    Well done Linda, you made such a difference to the tangling world!

  • Ginger White

    Congratulations! We’re so lucky to have you! Your site has been invaluable to me.

  • Sandy H

    happy tangleversary, Linda! Thank you for this very useful treasure trove of patterns… don’t know where we’d be without you. I’d probably just draw bales and antidots on everything 🙂

  • Barb

    Congratulations, Linda! What a beautiful resource you have created that supports the magic of Zentangle every day for so many! 🙂

  • I was not there at the beginning but discovered the wonderful Zentangleworld and a few years later.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful source of information for every tangler on earth.
    Congratulations and as you always says: cheers and keep on tangling!!!

  • Mary D'Angelo, CZT

    Wow! Congrats on your persistance and commitment! You keep the creative juices flowing for all of us! I love hearing from students once they log on to It’s like opening the best package on Christmas morning for them (and me)! Thank you!

  • Jennifer Sparrow

    Dear LInda. I don’t know what our world would be like without you. I can’t imagine not having access to everything you mentioned: news, pattern step outs, tutorials, testimonies and so much more. You are, in my mind, a pillar of the Zentangle world. Congratulations on your anniversary, and most of all, thank you!

  • Wanda Rader

    Much appreciation and many thanks for all you do. You have been my Zentangle companion since 2010 and I have learned so much from you. And I think it is significant that your anniversary falls on this day. May the Fourth be with you!

  • Dessie Arnold

    Dear Linda, Thank you for 9 years of Zentangle inspiration (even though I’ve only been following you for 3 of those years)! You have helped me so much. I love the care with which you choose the tangles that appear on your site. I can always trust that they are not just pretty patterns, but are ones which will help me get my “Zen” – and that is SO appreciated.

    Wishing you all the best!

  • Fran McColman, CZT 21

    Thanks so much for all your hard work! You are greatly appreciated! This is a resource I come back to again and again!

  • Jody Genovese


    Happy birthday! Can’t say enough how much I and so many appreciate all you do to keep us in tangles. I know this is a monumental task and you do it so well.
    Wishing you many more tangleversarys!

  • Kimberly

    Good job! I have enjoyed your site for many years. You have brought us so much info and fun. Looking forward to many years to come.

  • Beatrice

    Dear Linda, Congratulations! Thank you so much for your amazing work and for your support!

  • Sara Brandli

    the thanks Linda is to you. oh how wonderful this site is, its more than a site its inspiration, fellowship and the love of Zentangle all in one. may you receive beautiful blessings for your efforts that gives us all so much enjoyment.

  • Much appreciation to you for you wonderful zenspiration site. The 4 years I’ve been doing Zentangle have been life changing and I Thank your for a large part of that the last 3 years. Happy Tangleversary! Here’s to many more wonderful years of exploration with oh so many patterns and zentangle adventures with you.

  • Joyce Bruns

    Dear Linda, thank you so much for what you do for those of us who love to tangle. You are much appreciated.

    The 4th will be with me always…and may it always be with you, as well.

    Thank you again.

  • Jill

    Congrats and thanks so much for everything!

  • Di Willard

    Happy Tangleversary Linda!
    It’s been awesome having it with Y’all for at least the last 3 years!
    Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Linda, it’s a few minutes past the 4th here, but I just got home from my minister’s house and Sabbath services, so am just now getting online.
    Happy 9th “Tangleversary,” and thank you for all the wonderful work you in bringing enlightenment to the world of tangling–we couldn’t have done so much without you, and I hope you can continue to run your site for a very long time 🙂

  • Sue Zanker

    Many congrats and best wishes AND THANKS for all you do for tanglers worldwide! Lets look forward to many more hundreds of days of inspiration and help, not only with Linda, but with one another. But as you have said to us Linda …..”we couldnt have done it without you” !!! xx

  • Annette

    Congratiulations !!! Thats a long time and I always love your inspiration. Please keep on going. This side is very good :-). Greetings from Germany Annette

  • Francine Derks

    Congratulations and thanks,many thanks, for all that you do for the zentangle community. I loooove and I hope you will go on for a long time!!!!

  • Sharyn

    Go forth (fourth) and multiply is exactly what you did! And we are all so grateful for all your efforts … for the many windows to the world you’ve opened … for the insights to the origins of words, places, people … oh, yah, and for the anthology of tangles, tangleations, strings, z-terms, techniques, categories, videos, …
    you are the Funk & Wagnall to to our tangled and tangling world. Thank you, thank you, thank you … and Happy Tangleversary.

  • Maryam

    Congratulations! Much appreciation and many thanks for what you do… you are a blessing.

  • Audrie Wiesenfelder

    Happy Tangleversary! And thanks for all the work you do for the Zentangle community. I wonder where Zentangle would be without your guidance. Keep on keeping on.

  • Rosemary Turpin

    Thank you so very much for co-ordinating this wonderful pastime! I am still loving it – learning new patterns and techniques like cartouching, seeing what others do with the same new things and trying them out. Thanks again!

  • Gill Green

    Dear Linda,
    I would like to add my voice to the many comments you have justly received. Your site was one of the first ones I came across when I discovered Zentangle a few years ago. It’s an amazing resource. Congratulations to you and heartfelt thanks for all that you do!

  • Milde Weiss

    I don’t know what I would have done without you, Linda! Many thanks, and congratulations!

  • Elma

    Thanks a lot for all your lovely shares, you are amazing at how much you can create….it is a pleasure to do the same and learn so much from you.
    Wish you always all the best. A pleasure to search for new designs. Kind Regards. Elma.*_*))

  • Melena

    Linda, you are a gem. Thank you for all the time you spend on getting this tangled information to us. 😀 9 years sounds like a long time, but it sure goes fast. I’ve been with you for 5 of those years and am so glad I found you! Congratulations on your 9th Tangleversary.

  • nancy pearson

    Linda it has been 4 years since discovering your website. Now, I can’t imagine not having it in my life. I have learned so much and enjoyed every minute! I had no drawing skills whatsoever but quickly realized I didn’t need any with Zentangle. I am at your website everyday looking and learning. Thank you so very much for all of your work in maintaining this website. Happy Anniversary!!

  • Sandra McKenny

    Congratulations Linda! TanglePatterns plays such an important role in uniting tanglers from around the globe. Thank you!

  • Jan Brandt

    Happy Tangleversary, Linda! What a wonderful resource you’ve been and continue to be to us all. Many MANY thanks for your dedication. 🙂

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