Some of you may know the story of how Zentangle got started. (Or, not!) But today I would like to tell you a few things that perhaps you didn’t know.
When Zentangle presented itself to us, Rick and I had been together for about a year or so. We were excited about everything in our lives. (We still are!) We loved our work, our family, our home, our town, our friends. Each day brought more for us to be grateful for.
Then, it happened. We were gifted this new “thing” in our life, not sure what to make of it . . . but, for sure, we both knew it was important and could not be ignored.
I absolutely loved my work as a full-time calligrapher. I was creating beautiful things and making people happy. It was always a labor of love. And with Rick now working with me in my stationery company, life was great.
So, why was I questioning my life all of a sudden? When Zentangle presented itself to me and Rick, we both knew right away it was important. How could I say I was grateful for this amazing life and not do anything about it. Maybe Zentangle was shown to us as a way for me (and Rick) to show how grateful we were. The instant we realized there was nothing stopping us from dedicating our lives to this, we quit our day jobs and only looked ahead with no hesitation.
What was missing in my life was to do something important, something essential, to find some way to give back. Even more than that (can there even be more?) we get to give others this gift of giving this Zentangle gift as well. Each time a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) teaches a class; each time a Zentangle enthusiast shares with a friend how the Zentangle Method works, you get the same you that we get.
And I think that's something important.
And that’s it. That’s all I wanted to share with you today. It came to me in my dreams, and I could not not listen.
We’d love to give this tile away, I did it while I was thinking how to write this story.
Raised gold leaf, ink, gelly, and ❤️.
Leave your thoughts below and we will choose a name at random from the commenters on this blog.
Lorraine Thomson (CZT 15) on
I LOVE the story of how you and Rick discovered how Zentangle had been sitting right under your noses, and how you grasped instantly how vital it was to get clear about how to share it. I love how you dropped everything in your lives to create this method. I share the story with every class I teach, and love hearing more details, bit by bit. It’s like you’re continually polishing a precious gem, one facet at a time.
There’s a glowing web of love and gratitude encircling our planet connecting tanglers globally.
Mary Bartrop CZT13 & 34 on
Deb Turnipseed on
We’re all so lucky that Zentangle came into being. A fabulous origin story – thank you so much for sharing it.
Zentangle had helped me through all sorts of ups and downs in the last 10 years, and I’m sure it will continue to do so for many, many more!
This story touches me very much! Thank you so much! I appreciate the Tangler community so much and it’s like a family that lives all over the world. Zentangle is a gift! I am now diligently saving on my own CZT training and am already looking forward to meeting great new zentangle contacts. Stay healthy! Many greetings from Germany
Bev McCarthy on
i love everything about zentangle, the stories, tangles the tiles, you two. just all of it. every since i found zentangle i have been addicted. i shared it with my mother and she was beginning to do tangles while she watched tv in the evenings. unfortunately, she passed but in her passing i was able to come to whitinsville and go to the czt training. i believe we were the last class-czt6-to be in the diocese youth home and it was so cool!! i had the time of my life and i have been tangling ever since. the thing that is sad to me is that my mother is the one who would get the biggest kick out of my #funwithpapertape!! and i can’t share it with her but she would be happy to know that she was the one that enabled me to do it!! lacey
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I am grateful to share init❤️
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Paulette KIrschensteiner on
Maria and Rick……….you followed your heart and it was good……in many ways.
Barbara Paolucci on
Thanks so much Maria and Rick for sharing your dream with us! ❤️
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Anita A Westin on
Because of you, I have been able to change and enhance the lives of many people!
During my ‘Zentangle Travels’, I’ve seen many people comment on how they use Zentangle to help them get through a mental health condition, recovery during a trying time, empty nest syndrome, depression….the list goes on and on.
What a gift. What a legacy.
Thank you both!
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Brenda DeBock on
I’m really not surprised to read this, Maria and Rick. It’s beautiful and special but it was so meant to be. Most of us found you in our own surprising way and we just ‘knew’ too. So inspiring, so giving. I’m so glad you found it and it found you. And at this difficult time, it’s more than clear that the world needs an unselfish, reassuring and life-affirming activity that only makes us feel better. Thank you. Axxx
Annie Taylor on