“Make Your Soul Happy” …


“CZT: AE2021 Autumn Edition” is a year-long course offering classes from CZT’s around the world. The classes are on-line and available for one year so you work at your own pace. This is made possible by Team Singapore CTZ’s. The classes are fun, as well as challenging. Thankfully, I have a year to get through them all!

Fall Leave class by Anjum Motwala, CZT (CZT: AE2021)

Lotus Class by Jennifer Cottrell, CZT (CZT: AE2021)

Tangled Cornucopia by Tangling at the Cave with Susan Moen, CZT

Happy Fall …..

Fall Tangling with watercolors
Took class with Susan Moen/Tangling at the Cave – “Cactus Tangling”

Tangling at the Cave – “Sea Creatures”

sharing tiles…

What’s New ….

In the last few weeks, I’ve taken a few classes by other CZT’s.

I’ve been enjoying the “sea life Zentangle and watercolor” classes offered by Samantha Taylor of Zenlapse. This was my version of the crab class. It’s fun to learn about the watercolors, but then trying to draw the tangles with the paint brushes presents a pretty good challenge. Still trying to learn how to use the brush and the colors. Lots to learn!

Crab class – Samantha Taylor – “Zenlapse”

I’ve always admired the Zentangle art of Margaret Bremner of Canada so I couldn’t pass the chance to take a virtual class from her last week featuring “Floral Tangling with Margaret”.

“Floral Tangling with Margaret” – Margaret Bremner – “Enthusiastic Artist”

I’ve always like the embedded letters taught by Rick and Maria, so when I saw the Tangled Lettering class being offered by Susan Moen (Florida) last week, I signed up. Different than the embedded letters as you use many tangled botanical patterns to fill the letters. She also taught us the Mackintosh style alphabet. It was a lot of fun and a bit contagious – can’t stop drawing letters!

“Tangled Lettering” – Susan Moen –
“The Virtual Crystal Cave”

Lastly, I decided to combine my watercoloring skills (very limited) with the tangled lettering botanical patterns and created a non-letter ZIA combining the two techniques.

Botanical tangles with watercolor finish

BouGht myself a present …

I was introduced to Zentangle®️ in 2013. I loved it immediately and knew I had to share this art form with others. So, in June 2014, I traveled to Providence, Rhode Island, took the teacher training seminar and became certified. (CZT 14 = Certified Zentangle Teacher-14th seminar)

These seminars are usually offered a couple times a year and fill-up quickly. Covid put a stop to in-person seminars in 2020, as well as shut down in-person classes throughout the world. Many CZT’s took to on-line teaching, but this CZT did not. I decided to become a student again!

As I’ve shared in previous posts, this past year I’ve taken classes from various teachers; usually classes that would expand my knowledge to add something new to my Zentangle journey. I recently received the announcement of the next on-line teaching seminar coming up (CZT37) and right then decided … I’m taking the course again! It’s been seven years since my certification in 2014, why not treat myself and take classes from “the Masters” themselves. So … I bought myself a present! 🤓

I’ve just completed four days, with over 425 people, from over 25 different countries, and drawn 25 pieces of art! That’s a lot of hours and hand work, but I loved every minute … even having to escape to a quiet destination as roofers installed a new roof on my home! Perfect timing!

Though the seminar was virtual and on East Coast time, it was awesome. It gave me a re-charge that’s been missing since my classes came to a quick halt last year. Now, I think it’s time to pull out the calendar and get ready to once again share the passion of Zentangle with others!

Continuing education …

The past year I’ve been taking Zentangle classes to broaden my “art knowledge”. One of the instructors I’ve been following is Samantha Taylor …. she has a great emphasis on marine life, which I really love. I took another fish class from her where I was introduced to watercolor. This is a medium I’ve never really played understood. We even tangled using the paint brush. Check out her Instagram account at “Zenlapse” for her classes and library of her own art. So much fun!

Zentangle Project Pack #13

Having fun with the latest Project Pack (#13) from Zentangle™. These tiles were created using a Sakura Glaze gel pen, Sakura Micron 01 pen, and General’s “Sketch and Wash” pencil …..

Zengler fisH class …

Took a virtual class from Sam Taylor (www.facebook.com/zenlapse) this afternoon. So much fun! Even met someone from my little hometown (population 7500) of Trail, BC, Canada in the class. Sam does alot of marine life ZIA’s, sometimes mixing watercolor and tangles. The fish drawn today was black and white. I will definitely return to “Sam’s classroom”.



This and That ….

The last few weeks, I’ve worked on a couple projects created by Certified Zentangle Teachers.  Their websites featured these ideas so I gave them a try!

Tomomi Galeano, CZT, of “Pebbles and Drops”, has a lesson called ‘Bijou Messengers”.  You start with a standard size tile, then add a Bijou to the middle.  You can clip the edges of your standard frame making slits to insert the Bijou tiles.  Your Bijou tile can be decorated with tangles, with a message, or you can use your Bijousim cards with the words of wisdom from Bijou! 

Katrina Thiebaut, CZT, of “KatrinasZenkins.com”,® has drawn whimsical faces using Zentangle patterns for hair for many years.  In fact, she has a trademark on her “people”.  She came up with an idea for others to create a ZenKin® tile and send in to her.  These creations are being called “ZenCousins”.®  Drawing these faces is addictive.  It’s fun to see what kind of face you can come up and then the many patterns you can chose for the hair.

Since I enjoyed both of the projects described above, I decided to incorporate them into one tile.  You can see my floral borders in the top and bottom corners, and then my Bijou tile with my Irish lassie.  I should point out that Katrina came up with assigning dates of birth to the people (using the date you draw the tile) and then giving them names.  This is fun in itself!  I introduce you to Maeve Fallon!

And, in following the March theme of St. Patrick’s Day – I pulled out a pre-strung Zendala and used a green pen and green charcoal pencil.  I shaded with the green charcoal pencil and then added some white chalk pencil for highlighting.  

If you’re interested in getting back to in-person tangling at Icarus Creative Arts, let me know.  If I get an idea of interest, I can better prepare for an upcoming schedule. Send me an email at tanglesbythesea@gmail.com



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