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Tangling Away the Fear

Tangling Away the Fear

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.

And tangle. 

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

Kitchen Table Tangles- A Tile From Start to Finish

Kitchen Table Tangles - tranZending

Kitchen Table Tangles - DingbatZ

Kitchen Table Tangles with Indy and Mazzy

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



  • Thinking of the world of tanglers and our amazing connection to each other! Thanks for making it easy to tangle together while we are having to be apart. These videos are easily accessible. One Stroke at a Time! When we fear the unknown we need to turn to things that are certain. Love is certain and for those of us that have discovered and practiced your Zentangle Method of drawing we know that tangling is relaxing, easy and certain! Tangle on!!

    Katrina on

  • Dear Maria and Rick

    Your words are so truth. They’re the best thing I heard after this turbulent season has started. Here in Brazil, people are getting crazy, and I ‘m trying to deal with all this the best way I can. My students don’t want to have classes, which I understand. They are as old as me, and we’re in higher, I’m going to translate your words and send them, and I’m sure they and Zentangle are gonna help us all.

    Dina Schaffer on

  • Thank you!

    I trusted and knew that you would be reaching out to all of us with this sound, Zentangle wisdom.

    To Tangle,
    I will…

    Mary Yahnke on

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