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Beauty in All Things

Beauty in All Things

"Beauty in all things."

That’s what Maria said this morning when she saw the patterns of light and dark in the foam of the coffee I brought to her.

When we teach a Zentangle class we remind students to relax and sit comfortably. We encourage them to notice their posture and their breathing. We suggest that they do not need to hold their pen with a tight grip.

When you are comfortable and relaxed, when you have a nice posture and your breath flows easily, when the grip on your pen is gentle; then, your strokes flow more easily. It makes sense that your strokes flow more easily if you are relaxed. But your creative response-ability also flows more easily.

We also encourage our students every now and then to hold their tile at arm’s length and turn it this way and that. It shifts your perspective when you look at your tile further away because your eyes realign themselves in a different angle of view. I find it interesting that the Hindi word for perspective, दृष्टिकोण (drshtikon), translates literally as “vision angle.”

Of course, we always encourage our students to regularly “turn your tile.” When you turn your tile, it is more comfortable to draw the same stroke in different directions. Also, when you turn your tile, you see patterns and shapes differently and you get new inspirations for your next strokes.

You can apply these suggestions for tangling patterns on your tile to creating and expressing the patterns in your life:  

  • Sit comfortably
  • Notice your posture and breathing
  • Relax the grip on your pen
  • Shift your perspective now and then
  • Turn your tile

And most importantly . . . Beauty in all things.


Thank you to everyone who commented on our last blog post. We have randomly selected Melissa Grudin to receive a Project Pack No. 09! Please send your snail mail address to


Rick Roberts


  • Love your steamy foam!!

    Kristin Mineah on

  • Super beautiful “coffee” tile. Thanks for so many blogs, KTT’s, etc. lately. So much inspiration! Looking forward to PP#9 😉

    Wendy J CZT20 on

  • That’s what the foam on your coffee looks like?? Wow! :) So appreciating all of the great videos and content you are creating along with the whole Zentangle community. Everyone is really sharing so much right now. More amazing than ever. Hope everyone is safe and healthy.

    Jody Genovese on

  • What fabulous reading today on your blog! Thank you so much for the calm reminder in this time of uncertainty.

    Pam Dunn on

  • Great image with the coffee in the cup. And, turning the tile is essential for me. Drives me a little nuts when I watch tutorials on YouTube on tangling and the presenter doesn’t turn the tile while tangling. To Health!

    Paula Schneider on

  • What a perfect way to intro my FB Zentangle class later today! Just in time! Funny how the universe always takes care of us!

    Thank you! And much gratitude for the Zentangle universe always being here for us!

    Roberta Strickland on

  • Thank you for such a wonderful reminder. I have been catching up on Project Pack 8 and am getting better at taking the suggestions on tangling and making it mine and being ok with that it is my art and it is beautiful in my way! Happy Day!

    Betsy Smith on

  • Thank you, Rick and Maria, for helping all of us to see so much beauty in life, wherever we are!

    LInda JF on

  • Especially now, Zentangleart is so important. I’m looking forward to the PP09 and it’s good to remind us regulary to see the beauty in all things!

    MatheussenRia on

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