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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


  • I tangle every chance I get. I always have a pen and journal at the ready!

    Terri Young, CZT 16 on

  • Ditto Molly, Kathy Young, Karen Izzi!

    Jessica (Jake) Dykes on

  • Tangling is always in season! And any hour is the right time! This morning I pulled out my “travel kit” in the dr’s office, and of course as soon as I got super focused, they called me in. Later, at the lab, happened again. I love it. Tangling is an integral part of my life, now. Alone, or with one other person, or in a group. It matters not. Pen to paper, one stroke at a time.

    Ginger White CZT34 on

  • Ooops now I’d like to say ANY TIME is my favorite time to tangle and esp with all the new people I met at the CZT 33 training in Providence…love tangling with Becky, Annie, Darla, Debi, Annika, Dee, Gwen, Jacqui, Jessica,Julie, Lee, Aura, Sanda – and so many other’s Thank you all!

    Mary Ellen Ziegler czt33 on

  • My perfect time for tangling began with Mom going through radiation. Doctor’s offices, hospital waiting areas, restaurants…wherever we had to wait became the Perfect time – for both of us to have a “change of focus”. It’s brought us both many hours of joy!

    Mary Ellen Ziegler czt33 on

  • For me, the perfect time to tangle is with friends - especially in a Zentangle class with our certified instructor, Angie Lorandos. I enjoy it when, after we focus on our tangles — we put all the participants’ tiles together at the end of class … did I mention the class time FLYs by quickly. And, then look forward to our next gathering. So, my favourite season for tangling is any day, any season, any time; however, it is best, for me, tangling with friends. : )

    Carol L Parry on

  • I agree with everyone! But especially with Mary – when I’m expecting long wait and anticipating tangling only to be seen sooner than expected.

    I would also like to include baseball and football season as my husband has recently begun to watch these sports leaving evenings on my own, so to speak. I am so grateful for headphones and music!

    Beth Lovelle on

  • I appreciate all the seasons and their different atmosphere to tangle. But I particularly love the silent light of the morning.

    Susanna A. Redaelli on

  • I appreciate all the seasons and their different atmosphere to tangle. But I particularly love the silent light of the morning.

    Susanna on

  • I just wrote in the description of one of my tiles last week or the week before have you noticed how it doesn’t annoy you to have to wait someplace any more?? Well as long as you have your tangling tools with you that is. I more annoyed when it’s my turn now :o)

    Jody Genovese on

  • It’s really annoying when I’m prepared to wait and there’s no line.

    Mary Bartrop on

  • I’m in total accord with Karen, Kathy, Jennifer and Sherri!!
    Waiting (anywhere for anything at any hour) is one of my favorite times to tangle. I always have pens and tiles in my purse, no matter how small it is. Larger purses are for holding more pens and perhaps my Tangle-a-Day calendar.

    Mary Bartrop on

  • For me the perfect time to tangle is at the kitchentable in the hospice where I work. Of course there is not always time to do so, but when it is quit, I love tangling there!

    Annemarie Huijts on

  • My favorite times to tangle are the times when I think I am going to just tangle for a minute. I am like half sitting down in a weird place because I thought I was just going to do this little bit … and then all of a sudden like an hour passes and I have no clue what just happened.

    Molly on

  • I have to say I agree with Kathy Young and then I read Karen Izzi’s comment – and well I really have to agree with her too!

    Sherri Lee, CZT 7 on

  • Waiting in line at the DMV or cellular store! My calm is remarkable;)

    Jennifer Sparrow on

  • Any day ending in Y is a perfect day to tangle!!!

    Kathy Young on

  • I have tangled every day since I found you 😘

    Karen Izzi on

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