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CZT Family Tree - Margaret Bremner

CZT Family Tree - Margaret Bremner

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 Margaret Bremner!



Name: Margaret Bremner                                                            CZT#: 3


Currently living in: Surrey BC Canada

Favorite tangle: I probably have 20, and they change from time to time, but I often find myself opting for variations of Tipple, Printemps, and Crescent Moon. I prefer to capitalize the names as it distinguishes them from just words.



Favorite place to tangle: At the table in my art space.

Favorite quotation: For many years I loved Anaïs Nin’s “Life expands or contracts according to one’s courage.” While I still like that, I think it now comes second to “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”

My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is: a student I had twice. She was a 30-something single mom of a young teenage boy. Earlier in her life she had made miniatures, sometimes the standard 1:12 scale, but often much smaller. She’d had a serious medical incident resulting in a severe loss of eyesight and the knowledge that she didn’t have a lot longer to live. She was left with a sliver of vision at the outer edge of her left eye. I’d been advised that a student had limited vision, but I did not realize to what extent until the class began. She asked my permission, and during the first class frequently came up to my demo board and - inches away from the side of her eye - viewed what I was drawing, then went back to her seat and drew. Of course I’d provided her with larger materials. The second time she joined a class I drew oversize examples of the tangles we’d be doing (two per 8.5”x11” page) that she could have at her place, view at her leisure, and take home. It was impressive enough to me that someone with such limitations would register for an art class, but what really struck my heart was her cheerfulness, gung-ho attitude, and willingness to ask for assistance with her needs.


Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned that people love to realize that they can so draw! (Also, that this is a truly wonderful, open, caring community of individuals.) When I encountered Zentangle I felt like I'd discovered home. Now, pretty much all my artwork is infused with tangles.

If I’m not tangling you’ll find me … hmm… doing other art things? Most of that is Zentangle-related now, so… visiting my thoroughly adorable granddaughter, enjoying the vegetation of the west coast, and constantly trying to eliminate Stuff.

Mosaic name: MargaretBremner
Instagram: margaretbremner





  • beautiful wings, congratulations

    Mart De Cock on

  • Love the wings. They would be a great installation at any event…allow people to see how they would look once they got their wings.


    Terri Johnson on

  • I really enjoy getting to know fellow CZT people! Thank you.

    Ginger White CZT34 on

  • Thank you so much, Margaret, for all that you have contributed to the community. I especially like working through ALL of the techniques in your “And then some” articles. They get my creative juices flowing and sometimes even charge me up to add some tangleations of my own.

    Linda Dochter CZT 16 on

  • Great article ! One of my favorite’s of Margaret’s art is her tangled row of whimsical houses.

    Jackie on

  • A wonderful branch on your precious Zentangle tree. Margaret was one of the first ‘big names’ I noticed when I started out with Zentangle. I used to stare dreamily at her pieces and believe my tangling would never come close to her level of skill. But slowly and surely I’ve developed my own style and skill and Margaret has encouraged me directly or indirectly many times!

    Jem Miller on

  • Ahh… what a lovely profile. Margaret, you were my first Zentangle “idol,” LOL… When you asked me if you could put my Printemps tile into one of your blog posts, I was so excited, you might as well have told me you were hanging it in the Louvre!

    Thank you for continuing to inspire all of us!

    Heidi Kay on

  • Beautiful story from a beautiful lady!

    Judy Gucker on

  • Love your favorite story. Lovely.

    MKay B B WAtson CZT17 on

  • Love your story and love your art! You are very inspiring!

    Heather Moffatt on

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