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Maria Thomas

Innovative artist, cofounder of Zentangle

Maria Thomas is cofounder of Zentangle and co-developer of the Zentangle Method. Prior to Zentangle, she worked as a lettering artist and operated a stationery design and production company.

Maria first became a working artist at age five when she produced a line of painted rocks that quickly sold out at local bazaars. From rocks, to lettering, to botanical paintings, to Zentangles—all have merged into her unique trendsetting sense of style.

The recipient of countless accolades and awards, Maria changed the look of traditional invitations with her hand-painted flowers, expressive lettering, and dramatic flourishing, all now familiar standards.

Inspired by the feelings of timelessness, freedom, well-being, and complete focus she experienced while drawing background patterns on a manuscript, she and Rick (cocreator of Zentangle) wondered if they could create a simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. And so began the journey towards discovering the simple and elegant system called the Zentangle Method.

Upcoming Programs

Zentangle® Weekend

Zentangle® Weekend

September 28 - 30, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Immerse yourself in an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Discover the Zentangle Method—an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. At first glance, a Zentangle creation can seem intricate and complicated. But when you learn how it is done, you realize how simple it is—sort of like...

The Zentangle® Method

The Zentangle® Method

September 30 - October 2, 2018

Sunday - Tuesday, 2 nights

Take your Zentangle practice a step further in this beyond-the-basics Zentangle workshop with the Zentangle founding family, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. This 2-day workshop will guide you to take a closer look at the magic behind their one-stroke-at-a-time approach to pattern drawing. Untangle your way to finding the answer to the question, “What makes...

Previous Programs

Zentangle® Weekend

Zentangle® Weekend

September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Immerse yourself in an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Discover the Zentangle® Method—an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. At first glance, a Zentangle creation can seem intricate and complicated. But when you learn how it is done, you realize how simple it is—sort of like...

Zentangle® Beyond the Basics

Zentangle® Beyond the Basics

October 4 - 6, 2017

Wednesday - Friday, 2 nights

Take your Zentangle practice a step further in this beyond-the-basics Zentangle workshop. Explore new tangles and tangleations and dive deeper into the eight basic steps of the Zentangle Method under the guidance of Zentangle founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. In a creative, supportive environment, you will learn: How the integral step of the pencil...