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CZT Family Tree: Anica Gabrovec

CZT Family Tree: Anica Gabrovec

We always say that the Zentangle Method attracts really awesome people. We have had the pleasure of working with wonderful Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT) all over the world and we are excited to share these wonderful people with the entire Zentangle Community. Through our series, CZT Family Tree, we will introduce individual CZTs.

Today, we are excited to introduce Anica Gabrovec! Anica was a recipient of a a scholarship to attend the Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar from the Zentangle Foundation®*. It was a delight to check in with her and see how she uses the Zentangle Method in her life and in her community.

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Name: Anica Gabrovec, Zen Linea

CZT#: 32

Samobor, Croatia

Favorite tangle: Mooka (and it was surprisingly easy to choose)

Favorite place to tangle: At home, by the window, surrounded by all kinds of supplies.

How I use the Zentangle Method in my life: I use Zentangle to quiet my mind and escape from the daily grind, but it also excites me and sparks joy as I dive in the creative process. Even when I’m not tangling, I think about the tangles, colors, shapes, shades… Quite often I think about “real life” issues and ponder how much Zentangle’s principles apply to almost any life situation. Zentangle has permeated my life to a great extent and it has certainly made it a brighter.

How I have shared the Zentangle Method in my community: Sharing within the Zentangle community is a big piece of my Zentangle journey. It’s all about the giving and receiving, exchange of ideas, support and encouragement. The current pandemic crisis has totally redesigned my initial ideas about how and where to share the method and it opened some doors that I haven’t even dreamed about. The biggest reward is hearing how I helped someone get out of the creative rut or inspired them to start teaching Zentangle again. I love to encourage students to take a more liberating approach to tangling, as experiencing the creative process with a playful and inquisitive mind is one of my main targets.

My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is: Probably the impromptu mini-sessions that happened on our CZT gathering in Frankfurt. Spontaneous and uninhibited sharing of what we’re passionate about is always such a blessing. That’s probably why I really enjoyed the recent Inktober Tangles challenge and the interactions I had with people who followed along my videos on YouTube.

Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned: There were many lessons that I’ve learned since I started my CZT journey. But if there was one thing that I would share, it’s to follow your passion. It takes a lot of persistence and continuous learning to achieve goals, but doing it from the place of love, we can succeed. Many times, we tend to forget about why we started to do something in the first place, especially when we face some hurdles along the way. For me, remembering my passion for Zentangle and sharing that passion is always a good enough reason to persevere. To make sure to always remember it, I keep tangling at the top of my priority list.

If I’m not tangling, you will find me…: When I’m not tangling, you’ll probably find me online, sharing my love for Zentangle on social media or just doing the small things that make life sweet, like walking the dogs, spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, listening to music.

Mosaic Name: zen_linea


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*The Zentangle Foundation® is a non-profit United States 501 (c) 3 organization that supports individuals and groups interested in the Zentangle® Method through scholarships, studies, and outreach. We support accredited organizations with interest in researching the benefits and practices of the Zentangle Method. Learn more at the You can make a donation here.



  • Many times, we tend to forget why we started doing something in the first place, especially when we face some obstacles along the way. For me, remembering my passion for Zentangle and sharing that passion is always reason enough to persevere. I couldn’t agree more …. and as the Mary Poppins song says …. with a little “love” that pill that Zentangle gives us, Zentangle gives us🎶🎶🎶🤣🤣🤣

    Yasmina on

  • What a lovely story and such beautiful work. I’ve been admiring her work online for quite awhile.

    Mary Kay Watson CZT17 on

  • Anica is such a delight! Taking her classes online is so educational, but also want to mention the sense of calm she creates with her soothing voice, encouraging creativity and the soft music in the background. She truly creates an environment inspiring confidence in one’s talent, not to mention her awesome tangling! Thank you, Anica! ❤️

    Mary Lindeblad, CZT32 on

  • I have taken several of Anica’s classes on Skillshare. Expanded my vision quite a bit. She does beautiful work and is a great teacher. very inspiring.

    Susan Browning on

  • Hard to follow so many people! I can only agree with the previous comments-all of them. I love Anica’s tangling style. Very beautiful work, and her teaching methods are very straightforward and unhurried. Very pleasant to follow.

    LaJuania D on

  • I love your work, Anica, and so enjoyed following your Inktober videos. Thank you for sharing your creativity! It’s a gift to many.

    Diane Harpster on

  • Love your work and your story Anica. Thank you for sharing.

    Molly on

  • I want to say the same as the other three comments before me. I have been following you and really look forward to seeing your work. Very inspiring. Meticulous and beautifully executed. Thank you for sharing and being so generous.

    Vicki Heal on

  • You really are an amazing Tangle.Your work shows your passion for Zentangle.I have been following you from quite some time.Thank you so much for sharing your work and encouraging new tanglers like me🥰.

    Preeti Gupta on

  • Dear Anita – you are amazing! What an inspiring start to the day – reading about your journey and seeing your fantastic shaded tangles. Oh my. Thank you so much for sharing your joy!

    Mary Ellen Ziegler CZT33 on

  • Great article on this very talented & generous CZT. I look forward every morning to get unto FB & IG to see the newest work of Anica’s beautiful & amazing artwork. Thank you Anica for brightening my day every morning.

    Leslee Feiwus, CZT27 on

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