New year, New tiles and tangles

As we welcome a New Year, I’m excited about all the new developments in the Zentangle universe.

In November I was fortunate enough to attend the 1st CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) reunion – zenAgain, sponsored by the founders of Zentangle®, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  This 3 day gathering brought about 215+ CZTs together from all over the world.  It was a joy to meet many of my virtual colleagues in person.

There were new products, techniques, tangles and constructs presented that will enhance our ability to engage our Zentangle students.

Since I’m at my winter home in Panamá my students here will learn all about these things first.  On Friday January 6th I will be teaching my returning students these new tangles:
Drawings, Waybop, ICanThis and Noom

Drawings - pronounced Draw Wings

Drawings – pronounced Draw Wings

Also we’ll explore the new 3Z tiles – both plain and pre-strung.

The January schedule offers four workshop days.  Each session includes a Zentangle Basics and an Intermediate/Advanced workshop. The details are here


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New Video site shows tangles

Jane Dickinson, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) has implemented a website to collect and curate videos that demonstrate a wide variety of Tangles (Tangle is the word used to describe a pattern that is constructed one stoke at a time) She is also including videos that are similar to Zentangle® but don’t exactily follow the Zentangle Method® and these are labeled Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA)  Video Tangle

At this time Jane is also offering a free copy of the book she curated The Mindful Drawer (I’m in the book too!) if you sign up for her newsletter at The Mindful Drawer website.

As always the best way to learn the Zentangle Method is to take an in-person workshop with a CZT.  Go to the Zentangle official website to find a teacher in your country/state  Search for Certified  Zentangle Teacher   While you are on the official Zentangle site consider signing up for the free Newsletter where you’ll stay up to date on Zentangle related news and often be treated to a new tangle from the founders of Zentangle – Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  

Thanks for reading, Bette Abdu your Certified Zentangle Teacher in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, USA and  San Carlos, Panama

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Purely Zentangle®

Zentangle on 3.5" Sq white tile

Zentangle on 3.5″ Sq white tile click for larger view

Zentangle® has become better known in this year due to numerous factors.  More Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs), the proliferation of books and videos and of course the Internet (Blogs, Websites, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and lots of other online venues)   Those of us who learned the Zentangle Method (patent pending) from the founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas applaud this serge in popularity and familiarity.  However along with this visability has come numerous ‘interpretations’  that don’t really share the essential elements of Zentangle.

Purely Zentangle

Purely Zentangle

Additionally there has been a proliferation of Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA).  ZIAs deviate from the Zentangle Method in a variety of ways (often it is representational, end result oriented, color, media used et al).  This can be confusing to those just learning about Zentangle.IMG_1101

If you’d like to know more about the real Zentangle here are some suggestions:
1. Visit the website of the founders of Zentangle and sign up for the free newsletter while you are there.
2. If you have not taken a live workshop with a CZT yet please consider doing so.  There really is a difference.  You’ll learn about the subtleties of the Zentangle Method that transform it into a relaxing activity that will improve your focus, open up your creativity, reduce stress and more.
3. Join the Facebook group just for Zentangle.  Square One: Purely Zentangle®
Two fellow CZTs, Chris Titus and Jenny Perruzzi, decided to create a Facebook page that is only for posting images and discussion about Zentangle in its simplest form.  3.5″ square white tiles, black pen and pencil for stirings and shading.   I’m enjoying getting back to the basics of Zentangle and have posted there several times.  The tiles in this post are ones you’ll see from me (Bette Abdu) on the Square One: Purely Zentangle® Facebook page.


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3. Visit Tangle Patterns  There are lots of interesting articles and tutorials at this site.
In a July post to this popular website Linda Farmer says:
Remember that Zentangle is a mindful process, not a picture-drawing race against time. Savor each stroke!”

Tangle On!
Bette Abdu
Certified Zentangle Teacher


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