About Zentangle

How Zentangle® Got Its Start

Maria Thomas, a renowned calligraphy artist and entrepreneur of a custom stationary and design company was relating to her partner, Rick Roberts, an experience she had while drawing background patterns on a manuscript she was creating.  She described her feelings of timelessness, freedom, well-being and complete focus on what she was doing with no thought or worry about anything else.

Rick Roberts, a former monk and a person of multiple overlapping endeavors:  printer, flute designer and maker, photographer, recording artist, writer, lifeguard, New York City cab driver, financial analyst and investor said, "You're describing meditation."

From this interchange Rick and Maria wondered if they could create a simple system so others 
might enjoy a similar experience; and so began the journey towards discovering this simple 
and elegant system called Zentangle.

People who know Rick and Maria have been known to say, 
"He's Zen, she's Tangle."  Their motto is "anything is possible, one stroke at a time".

Neither Rick nor Maria feel the creation of Zentangle would have come to either of them individually. They consider Zentangle their “baby” and they are passionate about its 
growth and development. 

Benefits of Zentangle

Pain relief
Stress relief
Builds self-esteem
Anger management
Increase attention span and ability to concentrate
Grief - comfort and reduction
Improve eye/hand coordination
Develop and rehabilitate fine motor skills
Create beautiful works of art

When you create a Zentangle, you create a beautiful work of art.  You can deliberately 
create a mood, a focus or state of mind.

Zentangle can seem intricate and complicated, but when you learn how to do it, you find out that it is really quite simple.  

"Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.  It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing.  It increases focus and creativity.  Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of well being.  Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skill and ages and is used in many fields of interest."

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