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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Decorative Thank You

At our last Certified Zentangle Teacher training, one of our students arrived by train. Nancy (who works with us) picked her up at the train station. At the end of training, Nancy again drove her to the station. The student, Suzanne Wilka, now a CZT in San Diego, California [email] offered to pay Nancy. Nancy declined and asked her to send a Christmas card instead.

Well . . . ! Yesterday, Nancy received a small package. Inside was . . .

. . . and inside that were these.

Suzanne had backed them with felt. In this next picture you can see the whole of the container next to a US nickel to give you a sense of size.

Nancy was thrilled to receive such a beautiful gift. She added the silk cord and they both grace her desk lamp.

Thank you Suzanne, for helping to make our studio an even more beautiful place.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bar Tangling (& P.S.)

This was too good a story not to share right away. MH emailed us this morning to say . . .
Rick & Maria,

So I'm at this bar last night downtown having a beer with my hubby and two step-sons. I get bored (usually happens to me in a bar) and pull out my Zentangle kit.

A guy sitting next to me at the bar starts watching me draw. I get about halfway through my Zentangle and he starts asking me questions. What is it? How long have I been doing it? He thought it was "really cool!". He continued to watch as I tangled on, sipping my beer.

As I'm finishing up the edges, he timidly taps me on the shoulder and asks if there is any way he could have the Zentangle when I'm finished. I say sure! I add some colored ink and shading and give it to him. He fairly glowed.

Another Zentangle Seed Planted! Thanks, Folks! And Keep On Tangling!
Thanks for that story, MH. We'll also use Zentangles in restaurants - sometimes as part of a tip - sometimes to send a note.

Here is Maria's contribution to Laura Harms' second challenge . . .

. . . complete with a subtle tint of morning coffee.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

One More Star

This one is from Marie English, CZT.

What a cool variation of betweed. Thanks, Marie.

Neat Anecdote
When Marie registered for Certified Zentangle Teacher training (info), we enjoyed the symmetry of her and Maria's names. Maria's family name is "Langlais" which is French for "English"!

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Simplicity Challenge

Laura Harms, CZT, issued a challenge on her blog. Her challenge was "simplicity."

She's doing a weekly challenge on her blog if you're interested in playing.

Here's Maria's contribution to her Laura's simplicity challenge.

A string, some crescent moon, with a touch of fescu echoing her string.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Do you see what I hear?


We are so grateful for this opportunity to have fun together with you in this wondrous playground of Zentangle. We wish for you everything good.

As our card this year says,

Wishing you a year all tangled in bliss!

About this card
Maria did the lettering. Maria and I tangled it. We worked on a large uncut sheet of our Zentangle tile paper. We used various sizes of Sakura® Pigma Micron black pens to create a suggestion of increased weighting from top to bottom. (This is the piece we described in our Work in Progress blog post.) This card is printed on off-white Lana print making paper.

I made this Native American style flute from cedar with peyote stitched Delica™ beads. It is one of the flutes I play on the instructional DVD that comes with our Zentangle Kit.

Our title is us having fun with the words to the Christmas song, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" The story behind this song is interesting to read. (Wikipedia link) (Lyrics) Now you know why we laughed when we received that last card in yesterday's post.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Card Flood

Here are a few of the beautiful, emotional and thoughtful Christmas cards that we feel privileged to have received this season.

We had to laugh when we received this last card. You'll understand why when you see the card that we're sending out tomorrow.

Thank you every one!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tangle Colors

As a little girl, Maria had a recurring dream in which she discovered a new color. So you can appreciate why we enjoyed this iconic image that PB sent to us from South Africa.

Thanks, PB!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Solstice Sparkle

On this long night of winter solstice MB's Christmas card brightens our day.

Thanks, MB!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Graceful Envelope

Here's BN's Zentangle-inspired contribution to a recent Graceful Envelope event:

Congratulations. Look's like you had fun! We like how you took it to the edge.

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Friday, December 17, 2010


While Maria was out she started this Zentangle, but didn't have time to shade it. (Her food came!)

"I love it! May I shade it?"


What fun!

That first tile is colored by the early morning golden rays of sun shining through our window.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010


Toni Henneman, CZT, created this original Zentangle inspired art for her family's Christmas card.

Inside, along with a picture of her family, was this quote from Emily Warburton:

We are each of us a snowflake
of infinite design
Transitory dancers
on the window panes of time

Thanks for letting us share this, Toni.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Maria loves this picture of her (on left) with her sisters and this morning she made it into a stand up display.

She slit scored some grey mat board so it would stand up like a tent. She trimmed the photo with a deckle trimmer and glued it to grey mat board. Without using a ruler, she drew a string in pencil to define the border and then filled it in with perfs and a variation of zander.

Material used:
  • Grey mat board
  • Knife
  • Deckler
  • Sakura® Pigma™ black and brown Micron pens
  • Pencil
  • General's® Charcoal White™ pencil
Suggestion: When you add the white, add it sparingly. Don't highlight every bead of perfs.


Total project time: About 30 minutes.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Somehow . . .

. . . this morning just felt like a pokeroot sorta day.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

A Star, A Star . . .

We thought you might enjoy this contribution from Diane Lachance, CZT:
Hello Rick and Maria,

I have been wanting get something to share off my desk for some time. I enjoy, so much, all that others have been sharing.

Attached is a quick and easy Zentangle Inspired Christmas project I have posted to my blogspot. I used Sakura Micron black and sepia pens as well as Sakura Gelly Roll Star pens.

A Very Merry Christmas to All!

Diane Lachance, CZT
Thank you, Diane. Merry Christmas to you, too!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

'Tis the Season

SR from Australia wrote:

Thought I'd email you a Christmas card Zentangle I made. It's been coloured with watercolour.

Nice use of cirquital!
Thanks, SR.
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Work In Progress - #1

We're working on a new project that we'll show you when we're finished. In the meantime here is a detail shot of a technique you might enjoy, using different sizes of pens.

In this detail shot, we used a Sakura® Pigma™ Micron 01, an 08 and an 005.

We're having fun with this project and look forward to seeing how it comes out.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

One More Shoe

Penny Raile, CZT writes,
Rick and Maria,

I know I just sent you something, but I could not resist sending you my recent project - a tangled elf shoe!

Thanks, Penny. We love your "colorful" palette of tangles! Read more about this shoe on Penny's blog.

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Monday, December 6, 2010


Deb Phelps Miller, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in Ohio [email], recently sent us this,
Hi Maria & Rick

A few weeks ago, I taught a zentangle class to a group of 7th graders at a local middle school. Today, their teacher sent me some pictures of a zentangle inspired fundraiser idea the kids decided upon -- see attached photos.

Also, these kids are in charge in the school yearbook cover and are planning a group ensemble as the cover!

What great fun -- Deb Phelps Miller

What a fantastic idea and beautiful work!

We look forward to seeing the yearbook cover, too. Thanks for sending that in.

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Friday, December 3, 2010


Maria got a ticket for going just a bit over the speed limit yesterday.

Last night she said, "I know what tomorrow's blog can be. You know how we get all these emails about how Zentangle has a calming influence in stressful situations? Well, I was totally at ease and unanxious through that whole process - in fact, I was smiling. I think it's from all those Zentangles I'm doing."

And speaking of all those Zentangles she's been creating, here's one she created yesterday while waiting to meet someone (who was late).

Maria didn't even notice.

Slice of life.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dragonfly and Heart

We received such a sweet quilted treat in our email from CC, who wrote:
I did my first zentangle 2 weeks ago, when a friend shared with us what she learned at Art in the Carolinas.  I drew the 2 small quilts (pix attached, I hope) that morning, then colored, quilted and beaded them later.
She included these two gems:

Thanks, CC.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Zentangle Gifts

As we said in our newsletter, for the rest of 2010, Maria will personalize a card and we will wrap your Zentangle order with a really nice silk-satin ribbon.

What we didn't say, is that we'll do that for any Zentangle items you order, such as presentation frames . . .

. . . or prints of our 102 Tangles.

If you place your order online, just write your information in the comments section. If you phone in your order, just let us know what you want written when you call. If you have any questions, email or call.

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