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.
jan mustain on
I’m so grateful that you (and Rick) realized the importance of sharing the Zentangle method! That the joy was in the sharing, and not just keeping something so unique as your own treasure. Thank you!
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Julie Keimig on
I am moved by your love story both with Rick and you creation. My wish for you is to live in this beautiful glow for eternity!
Betsey Youngs on
I’ve always been an amateur artist for my own pleasure, and a professional graphic artist for 20 years. All my maternal female relatives are teachers of some sort, from Latin to kindergarten and Piano lessons to Librarian, so teaching is in my blood and I can’t wait for the day that I can leave my current tech day job and focus on sharing Zentangle so more people can experience the magical feeling that comes from creating. My favorite t-shirt: I make stuff ‘cause I get sad if I don’t
Zentangle found me during a very chaotic time in my life. I was frazzled emotionally & professionally. Like many who are being pulled in too many directions, my health became problematic. I needed to find a way to quiet my mind each day, to at least try to get some sleep. That is what Zentangle gave to me – peace. A time each day of quiet resolve, with something to focus on other that the chaos around me. I will be forever grateful.
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Malia Benson on
I like so many others am definitely keeping calm by tangling. I’ve never been more grateful for this practice and for Rick and Maria for sharing this amazing gift with all of us. My prayer is for the health and safety for my extended Zentangle family and their friends and family as well.
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Maureen Stott on
How lucky are we that you did! Zentangle has brought a new skill, a calmness to allow focus, and a bunch of new friends to enjoy it with. It spreads gratefulness, leaving beautiful art in its wake!
I am so grateful that I joined your first CZT training seminar in 2009. When I called to inquire about registering, Maria answered the phone and excitedly told me all about it. I was hooked!
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Sue Swanson on
I very recently found Zentangle due to my wonderful sister who gave me a Zentangle class as a birthday present. I love it so much and it’s been such a wonderful thing to do during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing this with us and we are doing our part to pass it on!