Welcome to BLOG Zentangle. To learn about Zentangle, visit our website, read our free newsletters, take a class with a local Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), and best of all . . . create your own!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What Light

Rick writes:
In 2007, we started BLOG Zentangle and began our enjoyable series of conversations within our Zentangle community.

In reading through these blog posts with their insightful comments, we decided to bring a few of them to your attention from time to time. It is easy, for me anyway, to sometimes think of old information as stale information. But these insights and conversations are anything BUT stale!

This post was actually never posted on BLOG Zentangle, but we invite you to enjoy it just as well. It is a post from Molly's own blog from 2013. She was reminded of it as her and her husband celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.

                     Begin previous post . . .                  

Molly writes:

When my husband and I were planning our "wedding" we wanted to pick a special song to play as we entered the ceremony. It just so happened that during the months working up to our special day, one of favorite bands came out with a new album. It seemed to be the soundtrack of our life for a couple of months and there was a particular song that described so much of what we felt about entering a new part of our lives together that we decided to make it part of the ceremony. 
We don't listen to that album as much anymore but when we do, I smile and remember how important the words are to me. 
I heard this song on the radio the other day ... they never play it on the radio, so I took it as a sign.

If you feel like singing a song
And you want other people to sing along
Just sing what you feel
Don't let anyone say it's wrong

And if you're trying to paint a picture
But you're not sure which colors belong
Just paint what you see
Don't let anyone say it's wrong

I took it as a sign to wallow in the feeling that the lyrics and melody inspired. Luckily that feeling lingered long after the song was over and I continued my day with a smile and a recharged confidence in myself and paths I have traveled ... and an optimism to all the journey's ahead.

I am including a Zendala I just finished that seemed to speak these thoughts to me and also a tile my Mom did a while back that I just loved so much that she gave it to me. I have had it on my refrigerator for over a year and every time I see it ... it just makes me refocus for a moment. 


Because there's a light (what light)
Inside of you


Monday, October 2, 2017

Clint Burkholder, CZT

CZT Family Tree

We always say that the Zentangle Method attracts really awesome people. We have had the pleasure of working with wonderful Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT) all over the world and we are excited to share these wonderful people with the entire Zentangle Community. Through our series, CZT Family Tree, we will introduce individual CZTs.

Today, we are excited to introduce Clint Burkholder


 Name: Clint Burkholder                                                                                       CZT#: 26
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Favorite tangle: Paradox. Pairing multiple ones together makes for great patterns as they blend together.
Favorite place to tangle: Work. When I find downtime, I use the Zentangle method to help relieve stress.
How I use the Zentangle Method in my life: Zentangle is a huge stress reducer for me. The art that comes out of it seems to be a great bi-product of this, but the soothing relaxation is the best part of the whole experience for me. I work in a very high stress environment, in a jail, and tangling has better equipped me to deal with the daily issues that I face.
My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is: There have been so many through the last few years, but each time I teach, new memories are made. In the jail, where I primarily teach the Zentangle method, there are lots of different populations of inmates that I teach the Zentangle method to. By far the best memories are from the inmates who are here with mental disorders. These are people that are having some of their worst moments in life, may never have had positive memories of their own, and sometimes see nothing but dread in their future. The Zentangle Method brings so much to these inmates, in that they can find the peace that tangling can bring them, they find self worth, and that by producing some artwork they find that they can bring something positive into the world where so much negativity surrounds them.
One particular inmate was known as a mean spirited downer of a human. He mumbled to himself, and to the voices in his head, often cussing and ranting. He would be negative to those around him, and rarely smiled. He came to my Zentangle class a few years ago, and started drawing. The next time I saw him, he ran back to his cell and brought out what was about 15 pages of drawings. He proceeded to show me each and every one of them. Throughout this display, he didn't stop smiling. He was proud of himself in that he had made something, for he had found some semblance of self worth in just a pencil and paper, and he was so happy to be able to share this with me. It is the moments like that day, the smiles, the realization that they can do things in life that are wonderful, that make me happy to teach the method to any I can, especially to a population that needs that so.
I wish I could show you all some of the amazing artwork the inmates have done in class and beyond. Many put my artwork to shame. Sadly there are legal and other issues due to sharing some work of incarcerated individuals. 

Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned: By producing art, you become an artist. This is something that I end every class with. I never did artwork nor drew before I learned the Zentangle method myself. I didn't think I could create art. I felt the same way many of my students feel, and I want them to know that just like me, they too can find that they are an artist.
If I’m not tangling, you will find me…: Playing with my kids, or online in a video game. (often both- my boys are better than me)