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.
Ginger White CZT34 on
I’m very thankful Ihave learned Zentangle Method. When I first time started tangling , loved it so much and wow! I could draw something, create something beautiful!!! And now, as I’m a CZT, Iam helping people letting them experiencd what I’ve experienced! thank you guys at ZTHQ ❤
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Della Lamm on
I absolutely love sharing this “love story” with my students! You have both been a blessing in my life and I am ever so grateful! God bless you! ❤️
Thank you for this great story of the origin of Zentangle. I have noticed there is one big difference between calligraphy and Zentangle. As for calligraphy, you need to try to write as expected, while Zentangle is more forgiving and any outcome is accepted. No CZTs correct students’ tiles. We all appreciate and enjoy the outcome and the mosaic! Thank you for creating Zentangle. I couldn’t stand this difficult situation without it. Please stay healthy!
Hiroko Matsuo CZT32 on
During this time of crisis, your inspiration continues to touch people across states and countries!! I’m so honored to be teaching free zentangle twice a week and connecting with more people each week and the class tells their friends and they tell their friends!! It gives me something productive to do!!!
Gretchen Rayburn on
Thank you for your beautiful work and wonderful words of inspiration!
Kathleen WIktor on
As a fellow calligrapher, I was initially enthralled to see this fantastic method and how it can interact with letters. Now I continue to constantly learn just how much more it can intermingle with as well – always an adventure, a treat, a thing of beauty and an accomplishment!
All of you at Zentangle HQ have provided the gift that keeps giving…in so very many ways! Thank you!
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Deborah Alborell on
Oh how I love to hear this story. The first time I heard it was at Kripalu in 2015, remember it snowed right at the end of the retreat and you told us all to turn around and look out the windows as we were unaware. Afterwards a few of us students were talking with you, I was waiting to ask you when you knew this was important, and without my asking you said “And we immediately knew it was important!” Indeed what a gift you were given. I’m so glad you received it so enthusiastically, opened it up layer by layer and continue to share it with the world. Four seminars and two ZenAgains later, I’m still enthusiastically sharing the gift with as many people around the world as I can and with small groups in my home. Happy tangling and much gratitude. Stay well.
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