The Gift of Zentangle

View a YouTube, Cindy Shepard shares great tips for drawing with gel pens and rubber stamps. 

     I am not sure I know where to begin… it has been exactly two months since I have been able to sit down and share anything on my blog. I have been thinking of my friends but life has been so-o-o hectic. Almost the entire two months I have been immersed in Zentangle® in one form or another. The “gift of Zentangle” has been all around me.
Meeting in Texas with Rick Roberts, Maria Thomas and Cindy Shepard.
      It was wonderful to visit with Rick and Maria when they came to Texas for the National Art Education Association Convention. CZT’s and other tanglers attending NAEA got together with Rick and Maria one night for a reception sponsored by Sakura. It was very inspiring to hear Rick and Maria talk of all the people they had met and hear stories told to them by teachers, and how the Zentangle method has touched their life as well as the lives of their students.
      An opportunity to experience the force of Zentangle was presented to me by the 125 guest artists that Cindy and I worked with for the book ‘The Beauty of Zentangle’.  The art in the book is truly amazing – from classic black and white tiles to exquisite and intricate work from CZTs and tangle artists around the world. Each artist also contributed a short paragraph about how they were introduced to Zentangle and how they use it in their daily life and enjoy sharing it with others. It was so touching I wiped away tears a few times. 
      The book is posted on Amazon and is expected to be available in September.  
     Like the Trojan Horse, my journey with Zentangle is full of surprises. I was on a long flight and needed something calming to do, so I opened my sketchbook and began drawing tangles on this horse. A teenage girl and her mother sat next to me. The girl didn’t say anything, but she watched me work through the entire flight. As we were gathering our things to leave, the mother said, “Amy was fascinated by your tangles, she has been learning them in her art class at school. She has a Zentangle book. Are you Suzanne McNeill? I thought I recognized you from the photo in the book.” I nodded as she told me how much her daughter enjoyed my tangle art. 
     Hearing my name, Amy finally overcame her shyness and shook hands with me. “I can’t wait to tell my friends I actually met you. I’m going to put a page about meeting you in my sketchbook,” she beamed. “You have a sketchbook?” I inquired. “Ya. It’s homework, so I left it home. My teacher is always telling us to keep the sketchbook with us. Now I know why. Nice meeting you.” We parted with smiles and I had a story to journal in my own sketchbook.
Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

                   Zentangle #119


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  1. thanks so much for this video. would love to be able to purchase those adorable house stamps. And I anxiously await the Beauty of Zentangle, which I just ordered.

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