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A Feast for the Eyes!

A Feast for the Eyes!

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!

We invite you to enjoy this post from 2017...

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Martha Writes:

 I love to cook. From early on in my childhood I was drawn to the kitchen- not so much a hunger to eat but a hunger to create. I felt comfort in the process of preparing food to share with others. I was lucky enough to meet a chef who wanted to teach me and I spent the summer of my 15th year learning to use a knife - to chop an onion, to mince garlic, to peel and dice a carrot, some celery. It was all about practice and passion. He taught me to have respect for my tools and inspired a confidence in my abilities as a “creator” of food that I have never forgotten. I learned that even the most complicated recipes started with the same fundamental ingredients that I had just prepared and that was all I needed to go forth and create!

Recently, I began prepping a meal for a gathering of friends. I set out my old cutting board, my favorite blade in hand, and began to chop. This recipe is one that I have made dozens of times. My ingredients, carefully selected and washed, are similar to the last time but always some variation becomes necessary. Hmm, I’m out of this but that would be a great substitute! As it often is, I am alone in my kitchen, my territory, and I quickly get into a quiet rhythm of peeling, dicing, mincing, chopping, and squeezing all the while getting lost in my chore. (sound familiar?) At last, these seemingly simple tasks spawns a glorious, nourishing dish for all to enjoy.

 I am not sure why it was this specific day that the thought occurred to me. This process, this repetitive task, is so much like Zentangle! When we first learn the method, we practice our crescent moon, our hollibaugh and printemps. We learn that only the best tools should be used for this future masterpiece. We learn that we are artists and that it feels amazing when someone appreciates you and your artistic ability. Then confidence ensues and we get a bit daring- a dash of dingbatz, a pinch of sparkle, a dollop of diva dance and before you know it you have a completely unplanned treasure for the eyes!

With only a few basic ingredients (tangles) we have all the tools we need to create the most comforting feast for the eyes. Yes, there are days when we feel courageous or have a bit more time but both have boundless enjoyment for all to share. So, what’s your favorite Zentangle Recipe? Do you like simple, fundamental ingredients, or are you more adventurous and willing to take risks? Like all good recipes, Zentangle is meant to be shared. We would love to hear your favorite tangle combinations- inspiring us all to try something new.

Bon Appetangle!



  • Good morning, I live in Colombia and I want to know if there is a way that I can certify, thank you

    Rubi on

  • I LOVE to mix as many tangles as possible, just like I make my gluten-free soups! Some of my fave tangles so far are Opus, Paradox, and left-hand Cadent.

    onna (Debbie Smith) on

  • Loved rereading this one! I made a new recipe the other day, and my sweetie asked if I added anything….hecwascsurprised when I said I followed the recipe to the letter…not the norm! But lately in my zentangle practice I find myself going back to basics, and wanting to ‘follow the recipe’ . I am sure I will soon go back to adding a few surprise ingredients again, but both methods are entertaining for me.

    Lisa Anderson, CZT20 on

  • Love your story, I am savoring the great experience we have in the seminar, love to meet you.

    Veronica on

  • What you’re cooking up sounds delish! Love how your cooking steps are a good metaphor for the Zentangle steps. My pen tends to produce a lot of organic tangles, originals from you guys, most often with Mooka, Flux and Tipple when I am going for total unplanned relaxation. I also enjoy putting together prompts with a variety of tangles to see how others complete them.

    Sandy Kelley-Jones, CZT on

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