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 learning the secret behind a magic trick. Then, when you create a piece of Zentangle art, you realize how fun and engrossing the process is.
We are always making “strokes” (thoughts, words, deeds) in our life. By practicing the Zentangle Method’s suggestion to make each stroke deliberate, you understand how those apparently small and insignificant “strokes” of our moment-to-moment lives contribute to an overall life pattern. This is one reason that we say that life is an art form and everyone is an artist.
This in-depth program covers:
- The history, philosophy, theory, basic tools, and techniques of the Zentangle method
- The eight steps in the Zentangle method
- Tangles and “tangleations”
- How creating with Zentangle brings calm and focus and calls forth your hidden talents.
Zentangle founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas lead this exploration, working solely on white surfaces with black ink. For beginners and beyond, enjoy this creative way to increase your focus and shift your mood and state of mind.
Meditation expert, cofounder of Zentangle
Rick Roberts is cofounder of Zentangle and co-developer of the Zentangle Method. His former vocations include cab driver, musician, photographer, printer, and flute maker. He also lived as a monk for 17 years.
He founded Zentangle with Maria Thomas based on her explanation of her experience as she drew background patterns on a manuscript. She described feelings of timelessness, freedom, well-being, and complete focus on what she was doing with no thought or worry about anything else. After Rick told her she was describing meditation, together they wondered if they could create a simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. And so began the journey towards discovering the elegant system called the Zentangle Method.
Together Rick and Maria lead workshops, and through their Zentangle certification program they share the philosophies behind the Zentangle Method of drawing so students will have all the knowledge needed to teach the Zentangle Method.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.View Bio Page
Learn a solid grounding in the history, philosophy, theory, basic tools, and techniques of the Zentangle Method.
Explore the Zentangle practice and its potential applications for your personal growth.
Discover how creating with Zentangle brings calm and focus and calls forth your hidden talents.
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