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Seasons of Tangling

Seasons of Tangling

In 2007, we started BLOG Zentangle and began our enjoyable series of conversations within our Zentangle community.

In reading through these blog posts with their insightful comments, we decided to bring a few of them to your attention from time to time. It is easy, for me anyway, to sometimes think of old information as stale information. But these insights and conversations are anything BUT stale!

We invite you to enjoy this post from 2019...

Begin previous post . . .

At the end of Molly’s blog, The Dog Days of Summer, she asked us to think about how the seasons affect our tangling and creative flow.

As I thought about this summer, I realized that I have tangled quite a bit. The Dog Days of Summer made me slow down. There were many days I found myself sitting in the shade in my backyard tangling away. On a vacation, our house had a spectacular view and it called for me to bring my tools and journal out there.

Or, early in the morning when the birds are chirping, and it hasn’t reached that day’s high temperature yet. All of these moments inspired me to put pen to paper. To slow down in the middle of a busy summer and take a moment for myself. In each of those moments I thought, “This is the perfect time to tangle.”

I concluded that summer is the season for tangling.

But, as I write this, I am sitting on the deck of my house and in the shade, the air is crisp. For the first time in months, I am wearing a sweatshirt and wrapped in a blanket. It will be autumn soon here in New England and then winter.

Update August 2022: the air is not crisp and I am not wrapped in a blanket, but doesn't that sound nice?

I also tangle quite a bit during the winter months. Snowstorms that keep you cooped up in the house. Cold wind howling and snow-covered roads that make it so you don’t want to go anywhere. Everything is still, and the winter gives me permission to be still. I love curling up in the corner of my couch with a lap desk and my tangling tools. My dog, Albus, snuggled up next to me and I think to myself, “This is the perfect time to tangle.”

So, is Winter the season of tangling? Or is it a crisp fall day or rainy spring morning?

I believe every season is the “perfect time to tangle” because each season inspires something new and something different. In the summer months, I take my tangling outside – to my back yard or to the ocean. The heat and humidity remind me to slow down. I listen to the sounds around me – the lawn mower, the waves crashing or birds chirping. In the winter months, it is the cozy comforts of home that spark my creativity. My favorite spot in the house, a cup of warm coffee (or is it red wine?) and familiar tangles dancing across the page.

The reason that every season is the season for tangling is that when you sit down, be still and appreciate your surroundings, it becomes “the perfect time to tangle” every time.

An afternoon at the beach? The perfect time to tangle.

A snowy blizzard that lasts for days? The perfect time to tangle.

The doctor’s office waiting room? A long flight? When you have only 5 minutes to yourself? The perfect time to tangle.

When is your perfect time to tangle? What is your season for tangling?

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Thank you to everyone who shared your favorite tangling trend, technique or tangle on our last blog. what a wonderful resources for the Zentangle community! We have randomly selected Janice to receive a Zentangle Project Pack No. 18! Please send your snail mail address to

Janice asked about one of Molly's tiles in our last blog. The tile used a technique we call Romanancy and you can learn more about the technique in this blog.


Julie Willand


  • Best time to tangle: I do much tangling when I’m stuck inside waiting . . . also when I’m enjoying the outside waiting . . .

    Molly – Love the “string” on your Zendala.

    Linda Dochter, CZT 16 on

  • When is the best time to tangle?? Morning is great, afternoon is fine, evening… always good! Oh let’s just be honest… I tangle several hours daily, and the problem is …… just where I can squeeze in a bit of cleaning?

    Bonnie Johnson CZT 36 on

  • This latter season of my life is my favorite time to untangle. I am 76 years old; childhood tangles still haunt, and reasonable demands still disturb, but then…I remember…a small square blank tile, in my bag, beckons me and Micron (Mic for short) to “tango” with it in the quiet. I answer the call. My heart swells while I watch one surprise after another appear before my eyes as Mic and tile dance and merge. The twisted tangles in my mind transfer onto the pristine paper face before me. A tiny one-of-a-kind gem called a Zentangle is born and I am calm again. Thank you again Rick, Marie and Zentangle family for your continued support and inspiration you provide all of us who have been fortunate enough to be found. S.Talbot CZT 37

    Susie Talbot on

  • Any time, every season, but for me, the place is important! In 99.9% of tangling time, I do it in my special room which looks out onto a small tropical garden. My room is my haven, I always have soft music playing as I tangle. In Summer it is blissfully cool, and when it rains, I applaud the raindrops on the leaves outside my windows thanks to my air conditioner and in Winter, the windows are open to the sunshine and blue skies! I live in far north Queensland and we really only experience Summer, when it is humid and raining, and Winter when it is sunny with blue skies and pleasantly warm! The most unusual place for me to tangle, was in June this year when I was in hospital for 6 days. I felt disturbed and nervous, so my husband brought me my tangling bits in the little green Zentangle box…….need i say more!
    So yes tangling can happen any time and pretty much any place!

    Sue Zanker on

  • I discovered Zentangle many years ago. Taking out my pen and tile, creating a design based on my location, state of mind, or just to go to my quiet peaceful place is my reason for loving Zentangle and the large community of like minded people. I am grateful for All that embodies Zentangle. Thank you! Sherie F

    Sherie Falink on

  • Any time I can get away with pulling out pen and paper. I tangle my daily prompts with my coffee in the morning. If I have time, I may also do a tile or bookmark. I tangle at appointments, at the Laundromat, during a few stolen moments mid-day, and frequently sitting in bed preparing to sleep at night. If I can’t sleep, I put on my reading light and tangle in the wee hours. If I had to name a season for tangling I would say the season of my muse. She calls and says “live in the moment, the time is now”… that is the time to tangle.

    Holly C on

  • Any time I can get away with pulling out pen and paper. I tangle my daily prompts with my coffee in the morning. If I have time, I may also do a tile or bookmark. I tangle at appointments, at the Laundromat, during a few stolen moments mid-day, and frequently sitting in bed preparing to sleep at night. If I can’t sleep, I put on my reading light and tangle in the wee hours. If I had to name a season for tangling I would say the season of my muse. She calls and says “live in the moment, the time is now”… that is the time to tangle.

    Holly C on

  • Definately all year! I always take my supplies on vacation, but I find that I rarely tangle on vacation. Nevertheless, I am going to keep taking them!

    Angie G. on

  • I tangle when I am inside anywhere and use my sketchbook to draw when I go outside. That said, there are lots of tangled corners and borders in my sketchbook. 😉

    Kathy Y. on

  • Anytime is Tangle Time!

    Kathleen McMurtry on

  • Year-round! My escape: Bluetooth piano music straight to my hearing aids….blocks out everything but the music & the tangling. Ahhhhh…..

    Judy on

  • Mornings, any time of the year is my magic tangling time . Sometimes the heater is on, sometimes the windows are open …

    I find a cup of coffee and a few hours with pen and paper sets the mood for the day. Following a video from a project pack or YouTube to get started, I move on to alternative surfaces and find myself embellishing all kinds of things. My life is filled with tangles!

    Ann Baum on

  • Any time, any day whenever I can is tangle time for me. So relaxing.


    jennifer on

  • Mis momentos para enredarme son cuando busco calma, parar, aclarar ideas, alimentar la creatividad, generar proyectos… Mi mente se libera y genera. Y es tan fuerte, que sigo proyectando el día en que pueda certificarme CZT.

    Zentangle me acompaña en momentos difíciles, me serena para descansar. Gracias Rich, Maria, Martha y Molly por su creación y su compartir!!!! Desde Cortaderas, provincia de San Luis, Argentina, un inmenso Gracias!!!!!

    Myriam on

  • I love the picture of the tangle. I find it beautiful and elegant.

    Jan Timmins on

  • Maybe, for me the wintertime is the most pleasant time to tangle, cosy in the house, warm tea besides me, lovely music in the background and than endless time to tangle… love it since the day I discovered this wonderful art!

    (I’m jealous of your wonderful view, wow, wow, wow)

    Matheussen Ria on

  • 4 days ago it as been a month that i found about the zentangle method and all of you great people. I enjoyed a lot this month of july of tangle at my kitchen table. Just a couple of days i was speaking about tangles to Anne. When she look at me smiling charing my feelings, she proposed to me to buy your books and the pre-strung journal. So i’m looking forward to receive that gift! (I hope that my english is ok! Have a nice day! Nathalie from Québec City.

    Nathalie Paré on

  • It is 3 years this month since I found a book on Zentangle at my local book store and I haven’t missed a day tangling yet (even if just for 10-15 minutes)!

    Matt Wieczkowski, Czt29&33 on

  • Love to tangle anytime. I have only been tangling since May, I think rainy winter days are going to be super nice. But, I especially like Friday nights after a long work week. Put on music and two / three hours later……I have tangled the work week away.

    Sandy Nee on

  • Any time is tangle time. Over the past 18 days I’ve tangled in 4 airports, 3 flights one of which was delayed by 2 hours on the tarmac, so did a whole tile! Plus on 1600 miles of the Mississippi River on a river cruise in which I shared Zentangle with several of my fellow passengers with impromptu classes in the Chart Room and a tangle a day for one of the riverboat staff! What fun to tangle any where and every where and share with any one along the way.

    Sue Leslie on

  • How fitting that the wonderful gift of attending CZT 32 occurred in the fall, at Halloween! It’s my favorite season, when nature wears its most brilliant colors while preparing to gather strength from a long winter nap. I am in the season of my life that is most like fall. A time to gather resources in order to prepare for the inevitable winter to come. The joy I have received from teaching at this time of my life is so rich! I am savoring every experience with gratitude to each of you who make it all possible. Mary

    Mary D'Angelo, CZT on

  • Julie,
    You did a great job in the video for Project Pack 6! I had not turned the volume up yet and didn’t hear that it was you, I thought I was listening to Molly…then I sensed a difference. Starting over I got that it was YOU! Wow, you’ve made it to the big time, in there with the Masters!!! Yippee. Great Job! (I know that you were in Project Pack 5 too, and of course there was your debut with the Vanna White roll in our Zen Again Bijou Bingo).
    I’d love to see a project pack of the cotton table napkin idea that Marie once shared….it’s intriguing. Seems as though a few pieces of cotton could cost out to make it? As we know many Zentanglers do work on fabrics…sharing tips and hints too. It could be quite inspirational. I love the project packs and can’t wait for the next one…

    Carole Lape on

  • I am very busy on my ranch especially in summer, so when I see a blog like this and the sample left for us….immediately out comes my pen, journal and tools even for a moment to tangle down the inspiration you leave for us! ( Love above tangle Molly) especially love the project packs I just stop what I am doing and tangle immediately as often as possible! I want to send a hip hip hurray out for the continued inspiration that comes from all of you, my tangling teachers and friends. Thank you for all you share!

    christine maskaly on

  • I love to tangle in the afternoon. And any time of year suits me, but my tangling style seems to change to suit the seasons. Lots of black auras in the summer, perhaps because I’m craving shade. And spare tangling in the winter – to mimic the bare branches all around me.

    Jem Miller on

  • Every season is tangle season!!! – lorraine

    lorraine on

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