The Zentangle® Method*, created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
I stumbled across the wonderful world of Zentangle one serendipitous day in June 2013, and it was love at first sight. I was captivated by the beauty and complexity of tangle patterns and Zentangle-inspired art, and knew I had to begin learning this creative process myself.
Eager to get started, I bought a selection of books and supplies, researched and bookmarked several related websites, watched some instructional videos, then got down to the business of learning to tangle. Right from the time I first put pen to paper I was hooked, and never looked back! I wrote about my tangling journey in "For the love of tangling" (a blog post on Alphabet Salad), and continue to share both my practice work and finished pieces in my online gallery Ten Thousand Tangles, and invite you to visit and take a look for yourself.
A long-time blogger, I decided to participate in the worldwide "Blogging from A to Z Challenge" during the month of April 2014. Inspired by my love of Zentangle, I chose "Tangling from A to Z" as my theme for the month. My daily challenge posts highlighted the process of learning three new-to-me tangle patterns each day and then incorporating them into a finished piece, and were in most cases my readers' very first introduction to Zentangle.
At some point during the month of April I realized just how much I wanted to continue sharing my enthusiasm and passion for Zentangle even after the blogging challenge was over, and knew that if I wanted to do so I would have to take the next logical step. It was time to put my dream of becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) into action.
So I am tangling to become a CZT! By offering one-of-a-kind pieces of original artwork in various sizes in exchange for donations of various levels, I am hoping to raise enough to cover the costs involved in my attendance at an upcoming CZT Seminar in Providence, Rhode Island. The target of $2,500 (US) will cover seminar registration, travel costs, and shared accommodations at the seminar hotel, and my successful completion of the seminar will allow me to use the CZT designation and teach Zentangle to others.
I thank you for any support you are able to offer, whether monetary or moral, as I work to achieve this dream!
* "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at http://www.zentangle.com.