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I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher® and I'm having a blast teaching Zentangle® to anyone that will listen.

 The Zentangle art method is not all about the art. It's a moving meditation that taps into your creative flow producing a beautiful piece of art. Each stroke of the pen gets you out of your head and into the present moment where openness and joy dwells.

Zentangle is the culmination of Maria Thomas' art background and Rick Roberts meditation background. He is the Zen and she is the Tangle. Learn more about the method at 

2018 Class Schedule

November 26, 2017  •  6 Comments

Woot Woot, it's time to unveil the Zentangle Class Schedule for 2018!

Where: University Art, 2601 J Street, Sacramento

Cost: $35, materials included

Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm, free street parking

Dates: The following Sundays...

January 28th - Zentangle Basics

If you have just heard about Zentangle, been working thru the many books out there, or have been tangling for years, this Basics class is just for you. You will get the history of Zentangle, we will go thru the 8 Steps of the method as you learn 8 tangles and complete 1-2 tiles. There is absolutely no experience required. You do not need to know how to draw. With this step-by-step pattern drawing method, there are no mistakes. Learning from a CZT in person is a unique experience and you will soon be completely in love and crazy for Zentangle.

February 4th - Reticula & Fragments

If you have the 'Zentangle Primer vol 1' book, you know that Reticula & Fragments can lead to exciting patterns. For those that do not have the book, Reticula is a type of grid, but it doesn't have to be a square or rectangle. The definition is "a fine network or netlike structure." This is the net that lets you contain your Fragments. Fragments are pieces of tangles that you can turn this way and that to create very cool patterns. Joining me in your introduction to this great process is CZT Jodi Ballenger.

March 18th - Shades of Gray

CZT Sonya Yencer created a lesson called "14 Shades of Gray". I will guide you through this process which focuses on shading, gradation and attention to detail. And, you get to use an eraser without feeling guilty!

April 29th - Zentangle Basics

See description for January 28th.

June 24th - Morphing and Comingling Tangles

This class will help you let your tangles loose from their strings. Tangles will talk to each other and they will have deep conversations. Tangles will start out alone on one side of the tile and by the time they get to the other side, they will have many friends. You will morph one tangle into another and interweave different tangles. This is a very freeing class and will push your limits if you are used to drawing within the lines.

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July 29th - Zendala & Chakra

Joined by my wonderful friend and yogi, Ann DaPrato of Rise Wellness, we will use a Zendala to draw out the Chakra's. I will take you thru the tangles, while Ann takes you thru the Chakra's. It's a match made in heaven and you don't want to miss it.

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Saturday, August 18th - Zentangle Basics ADDED BASICS CLASS

This Basics class will be held at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center from Noon to 3pm. Please go to their website to register for class.


August 26th - Zentangle Basics

See description for January 28th.


October 28th - Pumpkin Class

This is a favorite for many students. You will learn fun & spooky tangles and then use them on a craft pumpkin that you can use for many years to come.

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November 11th - Cards & Tags (and more for the Holidays)

We will tangle cards and tags for all occasions, including getting a head start on the holiday season.


* May and December - No Classes scheduled.


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Thanks so much for your support!



The Halloween Class is Almost Here!

October 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

That's right Tanglers, it's time to sign up for the Halloween Tangle Class!

This year we are switching from real pumpkins to craft pumpkins. Why? Because the real ones have a waxy coating and our pens do not like them at all. I have craft pumpkins in different colors and sizes waiting for your arrival on the day of class. First come, first serve!

As usual, I will have multi-colored Identi-pens for each table to share. We will start by tangling some new patterns and old favorites on practice pumpkin paper and then switch to the craft pumpkins when you are comfortable.

This is seriously the best class of the year, I hope you can make it!


Where: University Art, 2601 J Street, Sacramento

When: October 29th, 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Cost: $35 includes materials

**Zentangle experience is required**

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Tangle on!


Launch of Traveling Tangle Project is a HIT!

February 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Somewhere around Christmas, I asked my students if they would be interested in participating in a Traveling Tangle Project. After explaining what this meant, a few students got to work and the results are below!

The Traveling Tangle Project starts when Tangler A grabs a tile and starts it off with a border, a string, and a tangle or two. Then they send this tile to Tangler B who completes the tile by adding their own tangles. At the same time, Tangler B is starting off a new tile the same way to send it off to Tangler A. As far as shading, each tangler can shade their own tangles or the first Tangler can leave it up to second Tangler to shade the entire tile. The main rule is that when you receive a Traveling Tangle tile, you take a Before picture and when you are done you take an After picture, then send them both to me.

This collaboration is always exciting! We have Tanglers that like curvy lines paired up with Tanglers that like grids...think of the possibilities! There are Tanglers that use thick pens to draw, but what happens when that tile is sent to a Tangler that normally uses a thin pen? It's all magic and exciting!

If you want to join our Traveling Tangle Project, send me an email with your name and address and I will get you started.

Hover over each picture below for the tangler's names!


Cynthia and LynneCynthia and LynneCynthia's start

Cynthia and LynneCynthia and LynneLynne's finish

Deb and LynneDeb and LynneDeb's start

Deb and LynneDeb and LynneLynne's finish

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Lynne and DebLynne and DebDeb's finish

EllynRose and CynthiaEllynRose and CynthiaEllynRose's start EllynRose and CynthiaEllynRose and CynthiaCynthia's finish

EllynRose and KimEllynRose and KimEllynRose's start EllynRose and KimEllynRose and KimKim's finish

Jodi and DebJodi and DebJodi's start Jodi and DebJodi and DebDeb's finish

EllynRose and LynneEllynRose and LynneEllynRose's start EllynRose and LynneEllynRose and LynneLynne's finish

Kim and EllynRoseKim and EllynRoseKim's start Kim and EllynRoseKim and EllynRoseEllynRose's finish

Lynne and CynthiaLynne and CynthiaLynne's start Lynne and CynthiaLynne and CynthiaCynthia's finish

Lynne and EllynRoseLynne and EllynRoseLynne's start Lynne and EllynRoseLynne and EllynRoseEllynRose's finish

Lynne and KimLynne and KimLynne's start Lynne and KimLynne and KimKim's finish

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Jodi and KimJodi and KimJodi's start

Jodi and KimJodi and KimKim's finish

Class Pictures

February 20, 2017

I have some class pictures that never made it the blog, so today is catch-up day!

First up is from the Holiday class at University Art. Unfortunately only one picture was taken as we were having such a tangling good time, but fortunately it shows a beautifully completed ornament and one in progress.


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Next up, a few young ladies at the Montessori school my friend Aimee teaches at sent me a request for a Basics class. It was a Friday night and we had a lot of fun! So much fun that I also received my first thank you note! Right back atcha Logan, Brianna and Kelly!

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Next up was a demo at the Dillard school in Wilton. They were having their annual art show displaying really fabulous art that the kids created. One of my student's, Tifany Cannon teaches there and invited me to demo. My table was full of young artists!

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It's been fun tangling in different locations and seeing new faces these past few months!

Next up is a Zentangle Basics class at University Art on J Street in Sacramento on February 26th. I hope to see you there!

Tangle On!



Halloween Tangling

November 06, 2016  •  2 Comments

We had a spooky good time in the Halloween class this year! I really did my homework and kicked out more than a dozen creepy tangles to the students. Everyone chose a real pumpkin to tangle on, as well as a gift bag filled with candy, skulls, painted wood Halloween cut-outs and more! 

We started by learning some tangles and then practicing them on paper pumpkins. Then everyone grabbed their mini-pumpkin and had a tangling good time!

I think this class is my favorite and I look forward to it each year!

Check out the beautiful tangles everyone created...

Tangled Craft PumpkinBy Kim Kohler

Tangled Craft PumpkinBy Kim Kohler

Mini-Pumpkin TanglingBy Ellynrose Mini-Pumpkin TanglingBy Deb

Mini-Pumpkin TanglingBy Ann Tangles GaloreDeciding which tangles to use was tough! Mini-Pumpkin TanglingTesting out multiple tangles! Spooky TanglesBy Ann Spooky TreatsFun Give-Aways to Tangle On Wood Skull with 'N ZeppelBy Kim Kohler Mini-Pumpkin TanglingBy Deb

Tangle On!


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