Zentangle® Gift Ideas

View a YouTubeA Scentsy® warmer makes a great holiday gift when you add Zentangle®.

    I think artists have a hypersensitivy to their surroundings anyway but I have found since I began tangling I see  Zentangle® patterns everywhere.  Not only do I see tangle patterns everywhere... but now I also see surfaces just ripe for tangling. With the selection of markers and paint pens available just about anything can be tangled.
    Last week I talked about the plastic pumpkins and paint pens, perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving. This week I began thinking in terms of gifts to make for my friends and family.   Oil-base paint pens (Deco-Art, Marvy, Sakura and Sharpie are all good brands). These pens are so versatile, they can be used on pottery, plastic, metal, even wood.  This means the sky's the limit for my Zentangle obsession.

     I recently acquired a wax warmer called Scentsy® from Andrea Gibson (andyinstitches@aol.com). A Scentsy is a clean white porcelain container with 4 square sides - yes, it is super easy to tangle on with paint pens. 
     A white plastic clock also caught my eye. Drawing tangles with a regular Sharpie® marker really jazzed it up. The clock opened up fairly easily, so I made a Zentangle drawing and glued it inside the face of the clock. Really sharp and professional looking for only $6.00.

     Of course every year I add a few more Zentangle ornaments to my collection.  There is a tutorial on Zentangle ornaments available on the Design Originals YouTube channel, dated December 16, 2010. Check out the YouTube... it is easy to add a bit of personalization to ceramic, wood, metal, foam and glass ornaments.

    Stroll through the aisles of your local home and garden store you will find pottery, vases, kitchenware and barware... great items for tangling and perfect for gift giving.  Friends and family love receiving gifts with your personal touch.

Zentangle of the week, enjoy and create!!

                                  Zentangle #92

King's Crown

     Fox Chapel Publishing Offers Bargain on Woodworking and Craft Books to Raise Money for Employee and Local Fire Department.
In September 2011, Tropical Storm Lee caused local streams, creeks and river water to rise in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to record highs, and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in flood-related damage to resident homes. Shannon Flowers, a long-time Fox Chapel Publishing employee and Editor of Woodcarving Illustrated and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazines, had to flee her home as flood waters rose up through the basement and crawled 3 feet high on the main level. Her family lost everything on those 2 floors, and are now in the long process of renovating and recovering a sense of normalcy in their lives.
     Fox Chapel Publishing and Design Originals, a new imprint of Fox Chapel, would like to help this dedicated team member by holding a special Grab-Bag Benefit. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will go directly to Shannon Flowers and to the local fire department in Mount Joy, PA that helped so many people during the flooding.
     Grab bags will be sold for $10 each, plus shipping, and will include at least $40 worth of books. Grab bags can be purchased in several categories: Woodworking, Quilting/Sewing, Home Décor Crafts, Kids & Teens, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking, Digi- Scrappin, and Beadwork & Jewelry. The Grab Bags will be available until November 14, 2011 or while supplies last.
Grab bags can be purchased online at:
grab bag special

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.  and is used with permission. Learn more at zentangle.com 


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  • 11/17/2011 7:57 AM Marja wrote:
    What a beautiful things you make. I enjoy to look at your site. I myself have tried to make some Zentangles, but they are not correct. But I am jointed it to do this. One with a stamp and the other only tangle. Thanks for your examples. Beautiful
    Lovely greet
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  • 12/1/2012 10:47 AM Sandy Carlson wrote:
    As I'm heavy duty into crafts I came across this new technique called "zentangle" and had to find out what it is, but have to tell you that it's not a new idea. Back in the late 60's and early 70's we called it "doodle art". I have a copy of one of the first "doodle arts" printed which measures about 2'x3'. You really don't need any pattern...just use your imagination!! And I don't know why it's
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    1. 12/11/2012 1:10 PM Suzanne McNeill wrote:
      I agree Sandy, doodling..etc has been around since the beginning of time. I know I have enjoyed it for ages. The thing that is copyrighted is not the pattern or patterns they use, it is the process of teaching which was developed by Rick and Maria. Their teaching method is being recognized by the mental health field and school teachers in particular. So, no the doodles or tangles as we call them is not copyrighted material it is the name Zentangle and their process of teaching.
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