Kim Kohler with Zentangle wingsKim Kohler, CZTzenAgain 2016 | Zentangle Wings and Clouds by Maria Thomas


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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 

Class Pictures

February 20, 2017  •  1 Comment

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!

Montessori Basics TileMontessori Basics TileLogan, Brianna, Kelly, Ana and Aimee Montessori Bijou TileMontessori Bijou TileLogan, Brianna, Kelly, Ana and Aimee


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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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Dillard TileDillard TileDillard Tile Dillard Creative LetteringDillard Creative LetteringDillard Creative Lettering


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  •  3 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!


Last Basics Class of the Year

October 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Woot Woot!

I had a great time teaching the last basics class of the year at University Art! These new Zentangle enthusiasts had a great time learning about the history of the Zentangle method while we created a regular 3.5" tile and a little Bijou 2" tile. There was much laughter in the entire process, which I love!

In fact, I have been having a flare up for almost 2 weeks and my hands and fingers hurt very badly. When the flare ups come on, it's hard to make me laugh. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to teach to the level I am used to normally. But the students and I connected right away and made me forget about the pain for 3 hours. 

I am so grateful to have found Zentangle and to have had the opportunity to go to the Seminar in Rhode Island, meet Rick, Maria, Molly, Martha and the whole gang. I can't tell you how much it has enriched my life and helped me thru the hard days.

Anyway, here are the beautiful tiles they created. I think it's a great way to end the Basics for 2016!

Aquafleur on BijouAquafleur on BijouUniversity Arts Basic Class


Crescent Moon, 'N Zeppel, Hollibaugh and Knights Bridge on 3.5" TileCrescent Moon, 'N Zeppel, Hollibaugh and Knights Bridge on 3.5" TileBasics Class at University Art


Coming up on October 23rd is the Great Pumpkin Zentangle Class! 

Coming up on November 20th is the Holiday Ornament Class!

If you have taken the Basics from me or another CZT, email me to sign up for these classes!

Until next time, Tangle On!


First Zentangle Meet-up = SUCCESS!

September 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


Thank you to those who came to JoAnn’s Fabric in Elk Grove today for our first meet-up! It was an overwhelming success! We were sharing art, stories, new books and it was so fun that I did not even finish one tiny little tangle! We even had 3 CZT’s there: myself, Chris Leach and Jodi Ballenger!

So we are definitely going to make this a monthly thing. I have already called JoAnn’s and started the process, but I need to wait for confirmation that the dates are open. In the mean time, here are a few things we agreed were awesome and wanted to share:
The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler, CZT: So of course it has some of your standard tangles, but what I liked about it, is that it also showed tangleations….fun ways you can use the tangles differently. (I think there were 3 of us that ordered it during our meet-up!)
Danette Smith’s Rotating Table Top Easels: Perfect for tiles! It's portable, it rotates and the incline is adjustable, what more can you ask for!
So, back to the meet-ups...they are open to everyone. If you have friends that haven’t taken a class but want to tangle, they can come along as well. They are free! I will not be teaching, but you can ask questions if you are stumped on something. We are shooting for the 2nd Sunday of each month and as soon as the dates are set, I will post them in the Class Calendar. 
Tangle On!

Black Tile Class!

August 16, 2016  •  1 Comment

So you already know I'm a late poster. Well, throw in a vacation in Kaua'i, Hawaii, and I am a REALLY late poster. I am back and full of Aloha, so I wanted to post some pictures of the Black Tile class at University Art that was held on July 29th.

It was an awesome class, full of challenges and inspiration. Let's talk about Paradox... This tangle always gives folks the heebie-jeebies, so I like to teach it and get them over the hill. We drew Tripoli inspired triangles and then filled some of them with Paradox. At the end, there were still some who loathed it, but more that loved it!

Then we used the Zen Stone to create a gray space on half of a tile. We used Flux and Courant on the black side and Flux and Ibex on the gray side. Finally, we grabbed a black Bijou tile and played with Panzee.

See below for class tiles as well as a couple of tiles sent to me after the class.


Photo/Artwork by Cynthia WhelanPhoto/Artwork by Cynthia WhelanPhoto/Artwork by Cynthia Whelan


Black Tile MosaicBlack Tile MosaicBlack Tile Mosaic

Tripoli / Paradox MosaicTripoli / Paradox MosaicTripoli / Paradox Mosaic Flux / Courant / Ibex MosaicFlux / Courant / Ibex MosaicFlux / Courant / Ibex Mosaic


Panzee MosaicPanzee MosaicPanzee Mosaic

Photo/Artwork by Fanny CrousePhoto/Artwork by Fanny CrousePhoto/Artwork by Fanny Crouse

Close-up of Flux / Ibex / CourantClose-up of Flux / Ibex / CourantClose-up of Flux / Ibex / Courant Close-up of Tripoli / ParadoxClose-up of Tripoli / ParadoxClose-up of Tripoli / Paradox

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