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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Opus Contributions

An artistic work, 
especially one on a large scale.

In this newsletter we describe receiving these beautiful examples of tangled Zentangle Opus Tiles.

This blog post shows those tiles in a larger format for you to enjoy them more.

For more information on Zentangle Opus Tiles, see this link.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

More snow so more tiles!

Maria writes:

We have received yet another blessing of snow.

(Our outdoor lawn furniture . . . now totally covered!)

As beautiful as this bounty makes everything appear outside . . .

. . . we've been spending more time inside - tangling of course!

Here are a few from Molly and me. The first one I did a while ago. One of our lovely CZTs from The Netherlands gifted me with this (antique?) Dutch Button. I love most things antique, and this was something I could wear! After looking at it up close, I saw the tangles developing in my mind. When you see something such as this, you need not represent it precisely, but take inspiration from it.

If you look closely at my tangled "button" it is not an accurate representation of the piece. But it still might remind you of a Dutch Button.

So take inspiration from things of beauty and don't fret about exact representation. Make it yours. Delight in the transformation from image to tangle.

Enjoy the tiles!

We loved reading your comments on our previous blog. Thank you one and all!

Our random generator chose:
  • Barb Gill
  • "GoBarb"
  • Aleesha Sattva and
  • Suzanne Carter

Please email your snail mail address to me at [maria (at) zentangle (dot) com] so we can send you your "gilded Valentines"!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Gilded Wishes

Our heart-felt good wishes to all of you.

Sharing our heART-works are the perfect way to show how special all of you are to us.

We are ever grateful for the support you have bestowed upon us these past 10+ years.

These tiles were done by us and some by our amazing staff here at Zentangle Central. From our home to yours . . . have a loverly day​!

What are your Zentangle plans for Valentine's Day?

In appreciation we will send Maria's and Rick's gilded heart Bijoux tiles to four randomly chosen responders. Please somehow say who you are as we cannot announce "anonymous" has won. We will announce the winners in our next blog.

Enjoy your day!

Best wishes,

Rick, Maria and the Zentangle staff


Rick adds:
Here's what Maria's desk looked like as she prepared these tiles:

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Just had to share . . .

Yesterday we received this precious note:
Dear Rick and Maria,

Thank you very much for the magnificent Zentangle Box. I'm enjoying it very much. It inspires me to draw more. And my classmates enjoy it too.

Hereby, I sent you a poster to have a lot of fun with. Hang the poster on a lamppost or tree in front of your house and watch what happens.

Bye, Bye,

The Netherlands

Molly put it up on a door in town, and people immediately took some.

Thank you so much, J.S., for sending that treasure!


Rick & Maria

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day!

Snow continues to fall here in Whitinsville, Massachusetts at Zentangle HQ. We managed to dig ourselves out a bit . . .

. . . but as you can see here . . .

We will not be shipping any packages today!

As soon as shipping does resume, we will send this Bijou tile in a Bijou frame . . .

. . . to Daniel Lamothe, whom we randomly picked from among the many wonderful folks who commented on our recent enyshou blog. Daniel, please email your shipping address to maria@zentangle.com.

Thank you Daniel, and thank you to all who took your time to write such wonderful comments.


Friday, January 23, 2015


Maria Writes. . . 

I have been really busy with life and all its wonders. But in the interstices (defined as an intervening space, especially a very small one), I have found all I need to keep me focused.

enyshou is a tangle from our very first collection. We haven't said much about it, nor have we posted step-outs. I saw something sort of like it once, and created my interpretation of it. I find it very organic, yet structured at the same time. A few of these were middle of the night meanderings . . . .

It has been my "go-to" or "mac 'n cheese" tangle lately and I thought I'd share a few with our tangle friends around the world.

If you are so inclined, you can contact a CZT near you for a class.

Perhaps you will end up with your own version of it. How cool is that?

Our best to you on this bright, albeit crisp, sunny January morning.

Rick adds:

I love how Maria used a pre-strung Renaissance Zendala tile for that first image . . . and then totally ignored its string! Strings offer a matrix of many benefits, including your ability to go beyond it when you choose.

We will put that Zentangle Bijou™ tile in a Bijou frame and send it to a randomly chosen lucky responder.

What is your current favorite late night tangle?

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Welcome CZT XVII !

Please welcome this amazing group of people from all over this world, members of the 17th CZT class of November, 2014:

When we say "from all over this world" it's a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. We had the most countries represented in a CZT seminar in this class:
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
As we said in the companion newsletter to this blog post, "Wow!"

Here are larger pictures from the newsletter . . . and more.


Student's Zentangle Inspired Art:

Mosaics and more:

Jason Poole regaling . . .

. . . and Jamillah tattooing:

Molly and Maria teaching:

Wyatt & Ramsey, too:

And friendly faces all around:

A wonderful time was had by all!


If you would like to learn more about CZT seminars and perhaps to join us at a seminar in 2015, please see this link