Can’t Stop Now!

  Five years ago, I picked up One Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula and I haven’t stopped tangling since.  I’ve told this story many times before, so I won’t reiterate it here (you can find out more here). Now in 2020, it’s time to go back to the beginning for...

Great Gifts to Tangle

The other day I was shopping at my local Michaels store.  (I was looking for something else entirely, but then anyone who is an artist or crafter will know that story! ) If you’re looking for some gift ideas, either the last minute, or take-your-time kind, I came...

Are we having fun yet?

When I’m teaching a tangle pattern like Printemps or Tipple, I often ask my students, “How do you know when you’ve drawn enough of them?  When you don’t want to draw any more!” There are two reasons for this – one is that this encourages you to listen to your artist’s...

Start from where you are

Imagine this, what if someone suggested taking a trip to a new exotic place.  This place is somewhere you’ve never been, but you’ve always wanted to go.  It looks so enticing, you’d love to see it yourself.  What would you say? Would you say, “Well, I’ve never...

Art Imitating Art

I love “Steal Like an Artist,” by Austin Kleon. What an eye-opener this book was.  We often get stuck in the idea that our art must be entirely original, that everything we create has to be something never before seen.  So not true! The problem with that is if we deny...

Taking the Plunge

Fear of the blank page.  It’s why we buy notebooks and sketchbooks and never use them. It’s why we always think about what we could create, but we never actually do it. It’s why in Zentangle, we start with four pencil dots in the corner of a tile. Before we start, our...