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CZT Family Tree: Shie Naritomi

CZT Family Tree: Shie Naritomi

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 Shie Naritomi!


Name: Shie Naritomi                                                                           CZT# 30     


Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Favorite tangle: Printemps & Crescent moon
Favorite place to tangle:My table

How I use the Zentangle Method in my life:
I have been working as a textile designer in Tokyo for a long time.
I draw pictures such as paisley and mandala for clothes. It's a very fun, beautiful and important job for me.
However, design work often involves mistakes and rework. Sometimes I despair to start over.
At that time, I met Zentangle, and was saved by the idea of ​​"No Mistake."
We accept all lines and compositions. If I feel a little weird, it's not a mistake, but an opportunity.
I thought that idea was really wonderful. Accept all. I feel like accepting myself.

My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is:
I started an online class because of Corona. Surprisingly, there are participants from overseas.
if you read this, you will understand. I'm not good at English. (Japanese is good!)
I do classes in Japanese and a little English. Probably the pronunciation is terrible and I have no vocabulary.
Still, all the students can draw. The result is beyond my imagination. In addition to people overseas, I have also taught to deaf people.
After all she could draw! I thought that Zentangle might not need language. This is my favorite story.

Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned:
I thought about what I could do through Zentangle. I really want to heal everyone, but unfortunately I'm talkative and laugh loudly. So I can't have a quiet and calm class.
I always try to give surprises to my students. I often keep the content of the class secret to the students.
It will be a surprise. But the biggest surprise is getting the students to know how amazing they are.
I found a passion that was hidden inside people. I learned how to bring it out.
If I’m not tangling, you will find me…: I usually draw pictures. Also, I play the guitar and sing.
Zentangle Mosaic Name: Shie
instagram @mashmania_shie
*My brand name is “Mash mania”. if it’s possible, please check here.



  • So happy to find this on the blog! Shie is one of my favorites to follow on the Mosaic app. I’ve just discovered some of her YouTube videos, and can’t believe how much I learn from her without knowing any Japanese. Her teaching as a CZT sounds awesome! And I would remind her that laughter is VERY healing!

    Peyton on

  • Shie your Zentangle treasures are amazing. Love to look at your art work. It makes me happy. Whenever there is a Project Pack I will first look at Zentangle HQ and then yours 😁. Nothing wrong with your accent. Absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing your videos so generously. Namasté dear Zentangle friend. 🌺

    Karin Godyns, CZT on

  • Shie, I love your work!! Thank you for pushing the boundaries of language as you teach.

    Do Mi Stauber on

  • I’m so excited to see Shie’s work being showcased here as she has been a huge inspiration to me on Mosaic. 🖊🌀💙

    Donna Lynne Strong Brott on

  • I think your zentangles are amazing and you sound like a really fun person. I have been following Maria and Rick’s blog and find them very creative and inspiring. Thank you all for sharing your work and stories.

    Andrew Leong from Malaysia

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  • Thanks for sharing your story. Your work is beautiful and your English is just fine. Congrats on teaching during the time of COVID. Best wishes always. peace.

    Miriam, HIPster the Artist on

  • I admire Shie´s work . I´ve been following her for some time now and she surprises me every time. Dear Shie…I love to listen to you and I love your laugh. You really are an inspiration for me.

    Beatrix Zenk on

  • Lovely to get to know you a bit, Shie! I love the last image of your work. It makes me think of Hokusai’s waves with Fujiyama in the distance! :)

    Margaret Bremner on

  • Shie’s work is amazing! So elegant, so creative, so beautifully done. I love listening to her laugh in her classes. She’s a source of inspiration and a truly lovely person. 💖💖💖💖

    Annie Taylor on

  • I love the way Shie morphs one tangle into another. Very inspiring work. Thank you.

    Leslie Hancock on

  • It is beautiful, colorful. It’s awesome! Nathalie from Québec city

    Nathalie Paré on

  • Dear Shie – such a joy to see your heart take wing in your teaching and art! YOU have such gifts to share! Thank you.

    Mary Ellen Ziegler czt33 on

  • I adore Shie’s work – amazing and so inspirational – lovely to know a bit more about her, thank you!

    Gloria King on

  • Your works are so impressive and your instructions in classes are clear and precise. You are a great teacher and Zentangle artist. Yes, you are right, Zentangle is no boundary 💕

    Genifer Chung on

  • Shie’s work is very pleasing to look at.

    Rimona Gale on

  • I love Shie Narutomi CZT’s zentangle.I think her’s zentangle design is very wonderful and elegant. and She is very funny. I always laugh at her lessons. She is also good at making people smile. A wonderful woman.

    Yoko Maekawa on

  • I am a great admirer of your work Shie. Love your story. And your English is lovely and definitely more than my Japanese. Alao enjoy thw spirit you have and inspiration you bring to this community

    PamS on

  • Stunning work. Just magnificent!!!

    jennifer on

  • I’ve been waiting for this bio. I love Shie’s work on the app. Her work is very inspiring to me. She’s got a great sense of design and color. Thanks for sharing.

    MKay BB Watson CZT17 on

  • Your work is magnificent. It is plush. It is awesomely layered with interesting patterns, colors and designs.

    Therese on

  • I recently started watching your videos and admiring your work on instagram. I love to hear you chatter in Japanese because I pick up a word or two that I recognize . I grew up in Tokyo from 1947 to 1956. My sister and my daughter both speak Japanese. Thank you for sharing your art with us. arigatou gozaimasu.

    Glennys A Weiss on

  • It is lovely to meet other CZTs and hear how the Zentangle Method has changed their lives and the lives of their students

    Bette Abdu on

  • Lovely artworks. Your classes sound like fun, no matter the language! Zentangle knows no boundaries…it speaks for itself! We can also listen with our eyes and hearts…

    Jake on

  • Your work is so beautiful! I am speechless!

    Heather Toswell on

  • Even though I am not a CZT, I am in awe of all who are. You all seem so. . . Amazing and friendly and wonderful. Your work is so fun to study. Always something new to learn, to try. Thank you for your willingness to share all your work with us.

    Maria Thomas on

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