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CZT Family Tree - Anu Singh

CZT Family Tree - Anu Singh

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 Anu Singh!

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Name: Anu Singh                                                                      CZT#:31   

                                                                                                            

Hometown: Chandigarh, India

Favorite tangle: Diva dance

Favorite place to tangle: My dining table

How I use the Zentangle Method in my life:

When I wanted to sign up in 2018, I remember I was one of the last to be signed up. You had no seats and I was disappointed. Then I got a message saying there is one seat as someone had cancelled last minute. I immediately paid up and didn’t think about how I would do it and how I would plan. I was in a difficult phase of my life not knowing how I can have the courage to put pen to paper and brush to canvas again, so It was meant to be. Being a single mother, even though I had majored in Graphic Arts, I couldn’t pursue my passion as I had to raise my two young daughters alone from a very early time.
I worked for 27 years waiting for the day I could give up my job and do the things that would breathe life into me.

I gave up my job the day my younger daughter’s last college fee was submitted. At that stage I didn’t know how or what I would do but I knew I wouldn’t be working as I did. Attending your session changed my life. It brought me back to life, I was a robot attending to everyone’s needs and for the first time I was picking up the pieces of my life.

I was always artistic but Zentangle gave me direction, a sense of being calm and focused. I started living my life, one stroke at a time….

My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is:

The concept about “No Mistakes”,  I was constantly berating myself for having made bad choices or not having studied more or finding the wrong partner or not having fought harder to pursue art rather than a more acceptable profession based on society and peer pressure. I was always unhappy and a little sad despite doing all that I did. The “No Mistakes” theory has changed my entire belief about life. What is done is done, now I only focus on each day and what I want for the future. If it works out that’s great, if not I move on to the next positive path. Given the strength after attending CZT #31, I also studied to be a Master NLP coach so that I am better equipped to teach. If I could be healed, then I could reach out to others too. This would not have been possible without the first step that you gave me in the right direction.

Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned:

Art and its many forms, and my creativity gives me the strength to appreciate and create without the fear of the outcome. I create without fear, I try new methods, I integrate methods and I enjoy the journey!

Apart from the Zentangle method, I have created different art forms to teach children, special children and adults of all ages with the same objectives, of keeping calm, focused and living in the present moment.

If I’m not tangling, you will find me…:

Creating something with different mediums. I do not tangle all the time, but I mostly always have Zentangle part of my creative journey. So, if I’m working with Acrylics, I will add that touch of Zentangle to make it unique, if I design a product, Zentangle will add that sparkle to my work. Its about using different methods and always shining through because of Zentangle. My samples above will give you an insight.

Website/Blog: www.beyondboxes.net and www.breathesomeorange.com

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In honor of Anu embracing the "No Mistakes" philosophy, we are giving away one of our new "No Mistakes" tool pouch to a lucky commenter! Share how the Zentangle Method has helped you and we will choose a commenter at random. 

Thank you to everyone who commented on Rick's blog, Passion Gratitude and Family. We have randomly selected Rimona Gale to receive a print of the stain glass window. Please send your snail mail address to julie@zentangle.com.

Bijou

73 comments

  • Zentangle has taught me to appreciate others, slowing down to take the time to listen to others tell their stories, and work at improving their lives along with mine! I was looking forward to a class in Sedona AZ but it had to be canceled!
    I have taught Zentangle at our local Mesa Art League Veterans groups and watched how wounded veterans heal through the process of there are no mistakes!
    Thank you all! Blessings and good health! ❤️

    LInda Jones on

  • OK, let me try this again…I keep hitting a wrong key☹️. Just have to remind myself that there are “No Mistakes”, right? I was trying to say that Covid-19 canceled my going to the CZT in April. I love your painting that is included here. I, too, enjoy working in different mediums and incorporating Zentangle into these. Thank you for being an inspiration in doing this!

    Toni Johnson on

  • Thank you for sharing Anu! I can’t wait to go to the CZT in November (Covid-

    Toni Johnson on

  • Thank you for sharing Anu! I can’t wait to go to the CZT in November (Covid-

    Toni Johnson on

  • Thank you so much Anu and for the whole Zentangle family for your constant inspiration! Zentangle has helped my son and I both to cope with being in lock-down due to Covid-19. With these ever changing days and uncertainties, we are grateful that one thing is for certain…that the Zentangle cards we mail to those we love, will always hold a special place in their hearts and give them hope for beautiful days ahead. All the best to you and yours!

    SHeila on

  • Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Hope to sign up for the CZT program sooner rather than later. Vee.

    VEe on

  • Anu, Thank you for sharing your journey to ‘calm’. Zentagle is a very special ‘thing’. I am still having to force myself to relax and slow down. But, I’m woking on it and it seems to be working.

    Your artwork is beautiful. I especially liked the one with the rainbow of colors radiating from a ‘tangled’ circle. Thank you for your story and best wishes for happy tangling and a relaxed life.

    Deborah Davis on

  • I have always used the mantra “there are no mistakes when creating art”. Wish I could rollmit over into my life like Anu has done in hers.

    Andrea NIxon on

  • Thank you, Anu. Your story is inspiring! All the best to you.

    Molly Siddoway King on

  • I always love the Family Tree articles. It’s so nice to get a better glimpse into the lives of other CZTs. I loved meeting Anu! Your journey sounds so similar to mine! Thanks for sharing your story Anu, and thank you Zentangle for sharing it with us!

    Brenda Campbell on

  • Anu, your art is filled with warmth and spirit.

    Kathy on

  • Since childhood I was creative in singing, drawing and painting. Later in life I lost the connection to my creativity and I felt sad. I missed something in my life and didn’t know what until I found the zentangle method. It helped me to get started again to put pen on paper. Now I tangle almost every day and that gives me a lot more confidence and new strength. The “NO MISTAKE” philosophy helped me a lot to take things in life as they are and to find inner peace. I’m very thankful to have this in my live!

    Anejos on

  • Anu,I found your name in the newsletter and how happy it was.The fact that I met Zentangle and met you gives me power. Thank you. And I was impressed and sympathized with your story.💖💖💖

    Emiko Adachi on

  • Every message uplifts my soul. I’ve been praying for wisdom and mercy today, drawing to override waves around me of panic, ignorance, carelessness….and relate to Anu’s lament about memorials to bad choices, but daily practice drawing, staying present and hydrated, breathing and being grateful for every thing amplifies a normal that began a few years ago. This season is just a steeper walk into a head wind with a bit of riptide thrown in. Learning to stay open and ride the waves … With friends and faith, my life is like the perfect martini, stirred, not shaken.

    Judy Morgan on

  • Every message uplifts my soul. I’ve been praying for wisdom and mercy today, drawing to override waves around me of panic, ignorance, carelessness….and relate to Anu’s lament about memorials to bad choices, but daily practice drawing, staying present and hydrated, breathing and being grateful for every thing amplifies a normal that began a few years ago. This season is just a steeper walk into a head wind with a bit of riptide thrown in. Learning to stay open and ride the waves … With friends and faith, my life is like the perfect martini, stirred, not shaken.

    Judy Morgan on

  • Anu, my heart goes out to you. I too have felt that much of my adult life has been “wasted” … marrying the wrong men for me – twice! … just working working working with my head down and teeth gritted … at the same time as my optimistic mind kept telling me “It’ll get better! Just wait and see!” But it didn’t until I “grabbed the reins” so to speak and stepped out of my comfort zone.

    My childhood sweetheart “found” me :) and then Zentangle “found” me! I am SO HAPPY now!!! I’m often reminded of the Rascal Flatts song “The Broken Road” … I think that those of us who appreciate Zentangle the most are those who have needed it the longest.

    Anu, your story really resonates with me. It takes so much courage to “save” yourself!! Embracing the “No Mistakes” philosophy allows us to acknowledge the past knowing it has led us straight to the present. I’m sending you love …

    Jan Brandt, CZT 12 on

  • Hi all, I have been struggling with emotion during this time and decided to use my time to clean my creating area. I have some crafty artsy friends (we tend to find each other) and we have not been able to get together. We have a Zoom chat every morning and this has given me the help to start to get things done. I love to do Zentangle and I recently did an ATC with a beautiful tangle on it. I love this and I really think it is a special form of beautiful art

    Sue Bellefeuille on

  • Zentangle has become part of my daily morning routine. Even just ten minutes of tangling calms me and helps me towards a positive outlook on my day.

    MYra aRnold on

  • I have learnt to just relax and do stroke by stroke losing my insecurities and living my finished work of arts even if they have mistakes in them thank you for all your ideas you share

    Barbara Sandison on

  • Zentangle was the cure out of my burn-out. At first it took three days to finish a tile, but it went better quite fast. After that I was able to read a page in a book again, to write, to do something, anything. It was the start of my recovery.

    Tina Raymaekers on

  • I have always wanted to draw and was excited when I found Deborah who shared her art and then offered to teach us how to do it. It was fun. But now it’s a lifesaver! I spend time daily creating something beautiful. This gives me some stress free and worry free time each day. I’m missing my family, husband who died 2 years ago and mom who has been gone for 20 years. During this isolation and living alone, the loneliness can be overwhelming. Zentangling is a calming and bright spot in the day. And I don’t feel guilty because I have lots of time during the day to tangle!! Thank you!

    Karen Murray on

  • Zentangle has allowed me to be creative even when I didn’t think I had the talent. It is easy to take anywhere I want. It allows me to find a calm when I feel like life is getting out of control. Thank you for this outlet!

    Ramona Kolanek on

  • We are always judgemental and critical of others and ourselves. The No Mistake philosophy makes me live life as it comes, doing whatever needs to be done in the moment.
    Everything else falls into place…….💖

    BInaifer Karanjia on

  • We are always judgemental and critical of others and ourselves. The No Mistake philosophy makes me live life as it comes, doing whatever needs to be done in the moment.
    Everything else falls into place…….💖

    BInaifer Karanjia on

  • We are always judgemental and critical of others and ourselves. The No Mistake philosophy makes me live life as it comes, doing whatever needs to be done in the moment.
    Everything else falls into place…….💖

    BInaifer Karanjia on

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