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In the spirit of our Thanksgiving holiday later this week, we wanted to express our gratitude for the Zentangle Community and share with you this gourdgeous blog from 2021.

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Gratitude (noun) is the feeling of appreciation or thanks.

We talk about gratitude often. It is not a coincidence that it is the first (and last!) step in the Zentangle Method. It is something we strive to practice in everything that we do. One of joys of gratitude is that this feeling is felt all over the world. Much like the Zentangle Method, it transcends borders, cultures, languages and backgrounds.

From our hearts to yours . . . Thank you.


Deb Huntington, USA


Ela Rieger, Germany


Eri Hagiwara, Japan


Céline Vergne, France



Enmei Guan, China


Oswaldo Burbano, Spain


Anna Medvedeva, Russia


Diana Schreur, The Netherlands


Sanyukta Saxena, India (Hindi)



SooChin Ng, Malaysia



Lucy Farran, United Kingdom


You can find the step-out for the tangle gourdgeous here

Banner image done by Maria Thomas.

Julie Willand


  • There are so many beautiful ways ‘gourdeous’ has been used. What an inspiration. Thank you.

    Deborah Davis on

  • I am incredibly grateful for Zentangle each and every day. The process has brought me joy and comfort and the friendships that I have made, worldwide, have enhanced my life. I struggled to pay my way to the CZT training, and I have recouped that 10-fold in new experiences and people. Thank you for sharing that gift with us.

    Clara Brunk on

  • I’m so grateful that I discovered Zentangle and that it has become such an integral part of my artistic life and practice. I’ve made friends around the world that I never would have met otherwise. Cheers to you all!

    Margaret Bremner on

  • Thank you so much for this beautiful post! Gratitude is an essential part of my life and I have so many things to be grateful for including the Zentangle Method and all of my wonderful Zentangle friends. Wishing all of you at ZHQ a wonderful Thanksgiving from our home to yours! ❤️

    Brenda Shaver on

  • Plant gratitude and joy grows. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to become a CZT this year! The Zentangle family is truly a blessing that sheds peace, tranquility, and light.

    Donna Norton on

  • I have so much more to be grateful for since last year! I am grateful for the opportunity to attend CZT39 via Zoom. It was quite an experience! I am in awe of the connection we had with other tanglers all over the world! What an amazing thing the Zentangle method is, that it transcends physical, geographical, political, religious, national, international, even language barriers, to bring so many people together in harmony! And the Mosaic allows us to maintain that connection after the event is over! I get goosebumps just thinking about what power for peace and harmony there is in this method! Who knows? Today Zentangle; tomorrow World Peace? One can only Hope! Thank you, Rick, Maria, and the entire Zentangle family!

    JessicaDykesCZT39 on

  • Beautiful Thanksgiving reflection. Thank you! Thank you for all of you at Zentangle Headquarters. It is wonderful to have such an inclusive place for all of us to land and share our beauty. Zentangle is so inviting of everyone everywhere.

    Thank you Maria, Rick, Martha, Molly, Julia and all those would work with Zentangle.

    Paulette Kirschensteiner on

  • Thank-you, Thank-you for re-posting this from last year. The message that resonated most strongly for me today when re-reading it, was how universal the feeling of gratitude is – we can all feel it, all over the world. We all have the ability to recognise and feel the abundance in our lives, whatever forms that takes. Zentangle was the beginning of my journey in gratitude and for that I am eternally grateful.

    Lucy Farran on

  • Thank you Zentangle for bringing me a new attitude towards life.

    Nana C., CZT Asia-17 on

  • Hello Gourdgeous!
    I’m talking to all of the beautiful souls at ZTHQ and the beautiful community they have birthed. My gratitude is deep for both. You have changed my life and my students lives and their students lives. I hope you realize how special you all are.

    Kim Kohler on

  • Simply gordgeous! Thanks all for sharing. I’m inspired to revisit this tangle and try some of the color and striping variations.

    Jo D on

  • Sometimes a zentangle can express what words cannot. Awe-inspiring to see the joy and fellowship that the concept and practice of zentangling has brought around the world. Bless you all.

    Viv on

  • The Zentangle Method has taught me many lessons, but most of all the one of being grateful and appreciative of all the little and big things that make my life what it is. Zentangle itself is one of the big ones. I am forever thankful to you for that. Much love, Anica

    Anica on

  • Hi Rick and Marie, girls, all of your family and our Zentangle family!! I am blown away by the gratitude tangles you featured from around the world. I thought it was most interesting how each interpretation of gourdeous reflected the culture each artist was from!!! Frilly France, colorful Spain, architectural China and Russia, Fall U.S. and England so similar (our heritage), to list only a few. Very nice! Thank you for sharing those!
    Haha. I live in Alabama!
    With love and gratitude always, 🙏
    Susie Talbot, CZT 36 Huntsville, AL November 22, 2022

    Susie Talbot on

  • I thank you for existing! You made my life more beautiful.

    Aurora on

  • Oh how beautiful these many variations of gourdgeous ! A tangle I normally do not care for. But these artistic handlings are so lovely!

    MaryBeth Buschmann on

  • These are amazing. Really enjoying my new CZT Zenthology & Zentomology book. Love my Zentangle family.

    Brenda Jowers on

  • Omgosh, so wonderful to see all the different versions and ideas around one tangle. It’s truly amazing. Thank you so much. Also I love the attitude of gratitude 💞, I live like those to live by these principles.

    Many thanks and hugs, Hilde

    Hilde Van Ginhoven CZT34 on

  • So grateful to see all these beautiful drawings. Grateful for this community and all that it brings to everyone all over the world. Grateful for the loving souls at Zentangle HQ…I received my new CZT Zenthology yesterday and am over the moon…and yes…beyond grateful for all the loving work that went into it for us to enjoy, learn and grow.

    Pattie Grove on

  • Zentangle has shown me routes into so many other crafts as well as calm. Thank you so much for this beautiful art and a new way of thinking!

    Catherine Gisby on

  • prachtig deze variaties.

    anna wieseman on

  • Gracias! Siempre, por tanto Zentangle

    Adriana on

  • Love these images. I am so grateful for all of you and the zentangle community.

    Anne Harauz on

  • There are no words to express the gratitude and appreciation I have for this wonderful daily adventure of Zentangle that I am so blessed to experience and share! God bless you, Rick and Maria for sharing your love with all of us! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Mary Stayner on

  • What’s better than thankful zen at Thanksgiving.

    A joyful holiday season to all.

    Ginny Stiles on

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