Rick and Maria write...
You cannot focus on tangling and cultivate your fears at the same time.
The Zentangle Method offers you the chance to set aside your concerns and fears, even if it’s only for the time it takes to tangle your tile.
The same scary thing may be there when you finish tangling. But you will be more relaxed and better able to deliberately respond to whatever is going on.
So, pick a time, perhaps right now. Get out your pen, your paper, your pencil. Get comfortable. Find something to be grateful for.
When you finish, take another moment to be grateful for this time you gave yourself to create something beautiful. You always have this tool at your fingertips. At any moment, you can choose to put down your pack of worries for a time and reconnect yourself to your core of creativity.
If you need an inspiration for what to do, if you need something to distract you from stress and concern, we invite you to visit our YouTube channel for free videos and instruction, including Project Pack videos.
Over the past years, we’ve produced a Zentangle Project Pack series. You don’t need to buy anything to participate, you can follow along with whatever you have at home. We thought that we would share with you some of the most popular videos from the project pack series as well as some of the most popular Kitchen Table Tangle videos from the Zentangle Mosaic App.
Project Pack No. 01 - Paradox
Project Pack No. 02 - Day Three
Project Pack No. 07 - Day Eight
Project Pack No. 06 - Day Five
You can view all of our Project Pack videos on our YouTube channel or Zentangle.com
If you are in a situation where the whole family is together at home, remember that tangling is a wonderful activity for all ages to share together.
Take this opportunity to regain your creative balance. Put aside any worries and fears for a few moments. When you return, you can respond creatively and constructively to whatever situations you encounter.
Anything is possible one stroke at a time.
With best regards and best wishes,
Rick and Maria
Didi Teufel on
Raven Gerson on
So grateful for Zentangle during these incredible times. I have done so many tiles this week, I think I will be able to wallpaper my entire house! Have finished all Project Packs. Selfishly, I hope 9 will come out soon. Thank you so much for all you do!!
Jacquelyn Melin on
I have come home to a daily practice of tangling. I needed something small and focused as I adjust to new social norms that change every day. There is peace in the practice and I can approach it with beginners mind all over again. Thank you for reminding me that calm is right here.
Athena GRey on
Bless you both for your sharing and contributing life enrichment so deeply needed on this planet
Grace Cowling on
What a wonderful post! I’ve been thinking the same thing and I’m looking forward to more tangling in the days and weeks to come! Thank you for this beautiful gift of Zentangle!
Brenda Campbell, CZT on
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Rosemarie Seefeldt on
I just received and read your email for this blog. Thank you for the sense of peace it gave me!! I found Zentangle quite a few years ago when my brother was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. It really helped me during those difficult years. Then I picked up knitting and crochet again and I only “watched Zentangle from afar”. I have been feeling at odds with my knitting and crochet lately and after reading this post I feel it is time for me to put down the needles and hook and pick up the pen again. Thank you for your timely post. Your emails always give me a sense of peace, but this one really resonated!
Peggy Westerman on
Thank you for this thoughtful and dignified post. Zentangle brings us together as a world, even when that can’t happen physically. It can also help us to hold ourselves together a little better when we feel we’re at risk of crumbling. Sending love and calm to all my tangle friends!
Jem Miller on
A great reminder – at any time! Tangling is a safe haven and serves as a Reset button, allowing us to redirect our focus. Zentangle: Good Medicine for Life!
Jenny Perruzzi, CZT10 on
I just read this as an email and wanted to thank you for the calmness and peace it had. I found Zentangle quite a few
Peggy Westerman on
Judy Longden on
Thank you both for your very thoughtful and timely post at this very strange time. I work in a school in the UK which may, of course, get closed very soon, but through all the uncertainty, I just keep thinking how lucky I am to have found Zentangle – I know I can get lost in my Zentangle bubble and make all the worry disappear for a few minutes at least – just that thought reassures me and keeps me calm! Let’s hope this will all pass sooner than we think – keep well everyone.
Gloria King on
Thank you for your very appropriate and timely response to our environmental situation. Who’d have thought years ago our Zentangle Art would be such a needed form of peace at such a time. Blessing to you and your team of dedicated leaders. You are all a God Gift.
Kay Hess Grogg on
Sue Schneider, Pittsburgh on
Thank you so much for this wonderful idea with the videos.
This is exactly what we need in this times.
Agnes (Jessie) Schoenmaekers on
Joanne Erhartic on
Dealia (Laura) from Italy on
You two … are … the very best teachers, mentors and life coaches I have ever, in my 66 years, had the honor of knowing. The love you demonstrate to each other, to your family and to all of us is inspiring and contagious (meant in the most positive way!). I sense the “butterfly effect”.
I so appreciate your presence in my life, though I’ve only been in the same room with you twice. Tangling is, for me, a respite from chaos, a shield from negativity, an invitation to focus and calm, a confirmation of my creativity, a passion that never fails to excite and comfort me. I am and will always be GRATEFUL for you.
Jan Brandt, CZT 12 on
Deborah Alborell on
The calming voice and practice of Zentangle. Now is a time for us all to focus upon what is important and that starts with ourselves. Taking time to keep ourselves grounded, calm and resilient enables us to be there for others. Tangling allows us that space. Thank you my dear Maria and Rick.
Joanna Quincey CZT29 on