Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays to all my blog bubby's . 
Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing all your comments and thoughts during this year.
 I'm excited to say that  2015 will be my third year in Zentangle and I love that each year seems better than the last.

Thanks to all my students that spent the time to start their Zentangle journey with me and
let me share my passion of this very interesting art method.
I've meet some amazing people during my journey thru tangling and can't wait to see what
the new year holds. 
From my hubby and I (Janet Masey-CZT) in San Diego California.
Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Diva Challenge #198 K.I.S.S

The last Diva Challenge of the year is one that is perfect for me.  Keep it Simple Silly.  Being a hairdresser by education, this is a very busy time of year for me, not to mention just out of a two day stay in hospital for diverticulitis.   I had this little reindeer guy on my stack of "finish later" and thought he was perfect for this challenge so I stuck him in the tree and "snap" done... 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you that enjoy my blog and partake in this amazing art form ZENTANGLE.  I always tell my students, that Zentangle will change your life in some way when you begin.  It has made a big different in mine. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR - bring on 2015.  Tangle on my friends

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Diva Challenge #197

The Diva Challenge was to use the brand new official Zentangle® pattern introduced at last seminar in November - Arukas.  Very clever name -  Sukura (the supplier of the best micro pens us tanglers use) backwards. 
Yesterday was our monthly Monday Zentangle Club get together.  We had three new members join.  There were seven of us and all of us were CZT's.  Newbie, Karen was still on cloud 9 from just returning from seminar in Providence, Rhode Island, where they introduced this official pattern. Welcome our other new members -  Denise and Izumi.   We worked on the Diva Challenge today during meeting and shared Zentangle talks that are always interesting and helpful. 
Zentangle Spoken Here
Zentangle is starting to grow (inch by inch) in San Diego area.  I still have to explain what the art form is when I introduce this amazing new method of relaxing and drawing, even though Rosie O'Donnell introduced Zentangle on THE VIEW several months ago. 
Arukas with N'zepple
More Diva Challenge entries

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Diva challenge #196

Diva Challenge #196, All Dolled Up.

Billie Lauder shared her Tangle Folk with us and I'm waiting for her book (hopefully soon) to come out.     I love these little people.  Thanks Billie.  Put me first on the list for the book.

Positive from a Negative

This was an email sent to Rick and Maria (Co-founders of Zentangle)  after Ferguson situation.  This touched my heart.
Good evening! 

I'm a resident in Ferguson, Missouri.  I don't know if you know about all of the unrest my community has been facing over the past few months, but today brought something beautiful. This past Monday night after the Grand Jury announcement, many of the local businesses were broken into, looted and burned.  When I drove to work on Tuesday morning I was shocked to see the damage. By that night all of the businesses had boarded up their windows. 

Some inspired artists decided to look at these boarded up windows as an opportunity to beautify and heal Ferguson.  For the past 3 days local artists have been out painting murals and messages of hope. I have been practicing Zentangles for the past few years and wanted to share the joy it has brought me with my community. 

The beauty shop, Beauty World, which had been burned on Monday night, became my Zentangle paper. The black and white paint became my pen. I was hoping to show through Zentangle art that, as you say, anything can be accomplished one stroke at a time...even working toward unity, equality and peace.  

In my heart, though, it was also a way for me to show that black and white can work together to create something more beautiful than any one shade can create on its own. My community is diverse and we are more vibrant because of that diversity.  We have the opportunity now to work together to create something more beautiful for our community, for our children, for our future. 

I have learned that Zentangle is not just art.  It's a type of meditation. It's an expression of energy.  It's a message of hope.  That's what I wanted to share with the community of Ferguson.  I wanted to share an image of my painting with you because without your teachings, I couldn't have created such a work of art.

Thank you for providing this art form that helps me to work through and express my emotions and thoughts during this transformative time. 

Thank you!  C.



Monday, December 1, 2014

My Favorie Zentangle Book

My new favorite Zentangle Book is PATTERN PLAY
by Chris Letourneau, CZT and Sonya Yencer, CZT

I love they way they encourage tangleations (multiple tangles together)
Love Love Love it.  Thanks Chris and Sonya

Friday, November 28, 2014

After Thanksgiving Zentangle Class

Today I enjoyed teaching my first Zentangle Christmas card project to my students for the holiday season.  I think they did a great job.  The best part is watching folks in the store walk by and ask about Zentangle and say "oh, I could never do that".  All my students shouted out, "yes you can, it's easy".  Loved it.  Two people signed up for tomorrow's class. 


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Zentangle Class

     Yesterday, I taught a Zentangle® Class at Beverly's Fabric in San Diego, California.  The class was so much fun.  My favorite part of teaching is that usually the students have no idea what it is they are about to learn. When I start each class I asked if anyone has ever heard the word Zentangle.  Not many folks answer "yes" -they might have heard the word, but have no idea what it is/means. Even on my computer it keeps underlining the word Zentangle on this page as if it is a misspelled word. 
     Zentangle has CZT's (Certified Zentangle Teachers) all over the world.  I was in Zentangle seminar last year in Providence, Rhode Island for four full amazing days of theory, history, training, and practice,  with 108 students - some were from Argentina, Korea, Hawaii, Australia and  all over the United States.   Here on the west coast,  Zentangle is just starting to trickle into the media.  One recent reason might be that Rosie O'donnell (on THE VIEW) was sharing that she has been tangling for ten years (yes, doing Zentangle is called "tangling").   Rosie had the whole cast tangling, even Howard Stern.
     A decade ago, The co-founders of Zentangle®,  Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, came out with this amazing art method on the east coast of United States where they live. You might be wondering how they came up with this name  - Zentangle?  Rick was a monk for 14 years (so there is the Zen part) and Maria is a illustrator/calligrapher (there is the tangle (pattern) part.   Thanks to now having a handful of  CZT's in the San Diego area we are able to start sharing this amazing art form and meditative/relaxing/therapeutic experience during the process. 
Every class I've taught,  a student shares something they find this art method might help them with...  Whether it is depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain management. non artistic.....  My class yesterday, a student shared that her bursitis in her hip had been so painful for days and she couldn't be comfortable sitting. She said while she was tangling in class, her hip didn't hurt her.  I rest my case.  This art form is more than a beautiful piece of art. Also in this class, were several special ed teachers.  They agreed this method of art would be beneficial to some of the students they taught to calm them down at high energy levels each day. 
     I remember,   many years ago when I began my journey to becoming a hairdresser,  I was taught the basic steps to a haircut.  I remember thinking that it was going to be this difficult, hard, geometric, angles, secret, smoke and mirrors on how to and would I be able to do it? ....  I'll never forget when Mr. Chico shared with  me that there is no secrets, all it was - you start with a guide line and then you  "connect the dots" from your first guide line.   I couldn't believe what I had just learned. No secrets - not difficult.  Zentangle motto is like that too   - Anything is possible, one stroke at a time® .  You start with a line "string", guide that directs you to the outcome. Just like haircutting.
     After each class,  I take a mosaic (picture) of the tiles my students created.  One of the students saw that their tiles connected together.  Here is our Zentangle tiles and how each student that day will be  connected  to each other with their very first Zentangle experience.   

Friday, November 7, 2014

DIVA CHALLENGE Weekly Challenge #192

This week's challenge is a UMT(use my tangle) "Seton" by Cris Letourneau
I added a house and tangle folk in the piece. 

See more challenges here @

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Classes in San Diego

This November I have been contracted to teach classes at Beverly's Fabric on Balboa Avenue in San Diego, CA

Here are the dates:  All Introduction to Zentangle
Introduction to Zentangle NOV 22  @ 10:00 Introduction to Zentangle
Introduction to Zentangle  NOV 28  @ 2:00.  Bring family that are visiting and make it an outing.
Introduction to Zentangle  NOV 29  @ 2:00   Bring family that are visiting and make it an outing.

Call/text  858-505-9611 or email to register.  DONT CALL STORE

Come let me jump start your Zentangle journey.  Fun Fun Fun stuff for the holidays.
December classes will be Beyond Basic Zentangle

Sunday, November 2, 2014

THE VIEW and Rosie O'donnell

Recently, on THE VIEW tv morning show, Rosie O'Donnell talked about dolls she was selling for Rosies Theatre Kids (for less fortunate children) to raise money for them.  The best part was that she told everyone about Zentangle art method that she used to draw on the dolls and auction them off..  Rosie has been tangling for ten years.  How cool is that?


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Diva Challenge #191 "Betweed"

This weeks Diva Challenge was to used the pattern Betweed as a monotangle. 
This looks so intricate and is so fun to draw.  Like Maria Roberts (co-founder of Zentangle)
said "you get lost in the moment".
                  For more Diva Challenge results go to  
                                                                             (remember to scroll down to posting).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkins Galore !!!

Here are some photos from my introduction to Zentangle/ pumpkin tangle class. 
Fun fun fun  - great bunch a girls and women.
Thanks Lori for opening up your home
to share something new and exciting with your friends and family.
I loved how all the pumpkins look so different. 
Zentangle spoken here now !!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diva challenge #190. Cancer Month

When you hear that 1 out of 3 women will have breast cancer,
this month's Diva Challenge is very important to us all. 
I'm sure everyone knows someone that has been hit with this reality. 
 Being a hairdresser by trade, many of my client/several of my family members
 have battled this horribly disease..  Some were lucky and some were not. 
Please pray for hope and love to all that are in the battle for their life,
 not only breast cancer but all cancer.  
 Fight Fight Fight to my sister-in-law battling ovarian cancer now. 
Other Diva Challenge posting for this week @

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tip for today

When your tortillion get too much graphite on end.  ... 
Use a fingernail file to clean "as good as new". 
Thanks for tip Char Carpenter

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Diva Challenge #188 Nathional Coming Out Day This Week.

Daniel wrote to "the Diva" with his heartfelt message for this weeks challenge: 
His name is Daniel, and he is 12 years old.  
Daniel told me that October 11th is National Coming Out Day.  Daniel's friend is gay, and so he wanted me to help him support his friend and to issue a challenge with a LGBT theme. 

Daniel says:
I think it would be a good way to further inspire tanglers and raise awareness if you considered a challenge to somehow put some aspect of LGBT in a tile. Perhaps using the colors of the rainbow, or using tangles that start with L, G, B, and T, or using those letters as a string?

   This is Daniel's Zentangle tile for this week.
This is such coincidence that the Diva Challenge this week is "National Coming Out Week"   Tomorrow my brother-in-law in Arizona is getting married to his partner after more than a decade of being together. I'm so happy for them.
Here is my Zentangle tile for them.

Congratulations Don and Joey !!!
See other Diva Challenges for this week:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Co-founders of Zentangle - Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas

Rick and Maria shared a day at the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam
(if you never had the pleasure of meeting them, they are amazing, interesting, humbled folks). 
They challenged us all to do the same - find a local museum and wander. 
Just open your mind and notice.  Zentangle patterns everywhere !!!
Thank you Rick and Maria for Zentangle.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Diva Challenge #187 -String Theory ---" Blind String"

This week Diva Challenge is making a blind string.  
Mark your corners as always with your tile and close your eyes and draw a string

See more Diva Challenges here:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Zentangle and post surgery

My friend had her second knee replacement last week and told me once again-- Zentangle helped her thru the pain and recovery. Here is one of her pumpkins she tangled !!  She is on pumpkin number 5. 

Special October Class

Get your Fall On !!! class. 
Bring a pumpkin and I'll show you how to decorate with Zentangle patterns.
Intro Zentangle Class $35 ( includes mini kit  but  bring your own pumpkin)
If you had Intro Zentangle class already - $28 (bring your pumpkin)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Zentangle is simple

All you do is add patterns.  Simple !!! 
 Find a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) to get start tangling. 
Go to this URL to location one in your area. 

One Beginning --- many endings

At our Sunday Zentangle Club, we all started with the same beginning
--  one outlined maple leaf. 
This is what I love about Zentangle. 
Look how difference the "endings" came out?  All unique in their own way. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Diva Challenge #186 "String Theory" Leaves Leaves Leaves

Diva Challenge is challenging this week.  In San Diego, we don't have fall colors.  I have been trying my whole life to time it perfectly when I travel to see this beauty take place.  Not being successful up to two years ago, I planned a trip by chance to visit my Mother in Washington State on Halloween.  Bingo !!!.  OMG, when I got off the plane, I couldn't believe my eyes.  I must of taken 300 pictures in  three days.  All of you that have "color" in your life... don't take it for granted. 
Now onto the Diva Challenge...Not having fall leaves available (or trees for that matter in my yard... I have plumeria plants).... yesterday by chance at our Zentangle Club, Susan's Aunt was visiting from Canada and since the maple leaf  is on Canada's flag which represents nature and environment as well as:   
The maple leaf wasn't chosen at random. Adoption of the maple leaf as an
 important Canadian symbol dates to 1860, when the prince of Wales was visiting.
 The English wore their traditional roses, the Scots wore their traditional thistles, and
Canadians needed something to wear as well, so they chose a maple leaf.   
Thanks Susan, it was a perfect Diva Challenge for today.  Who would have thought?  So today you got a little history of Canada, what I like to grow in my yard, and that everyone doesn't have color in their lives...  Thank goodness for watercolor pencils and Zentangle.
Susan dusted the tile first with several fall watercolor pencils, blended, and strung a maple leaf shape in pencil.  We tangled.  I choose to use a brown micron pen to go along with the fall colors. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Funday Zentangle Club.

     Three newbies to club today.... Charlotte Carpenter (drove all the way to La Jolla from Temecula) and Suzanne Wilka (drove all the way from La Mesa) and Susan's Auntie Elaine (flew all the way from Canada).   Great addition to the group.   Here are a couple things tangled and shown today at Susan Bowden's beautiful ocean view home.  Missed you Rho Densmore.  I have something from Patty Yokey for you........... 
 Suzanne's wood burning light plate.
Who's that behind her Zentangle pumpkin?   Of course, Suzanne. 
Great job on pumpkin mask.  Did you see that view to die for? 

Christmas in September.....  gotta start early on the projects for the Holidays. 

Zentangle lap board.  Wow, love the decoration you wood burned into it.

Charlotte.....  wow.

This is my handy tangle..... Maple leaf for Susan's Aunt from Canada Ya !!!

Teaching and Zentangle

I recently read an article by Deanna Marie Gibson from Bold Park Community School in Perth Western Australia.  The topic was:

 "Why encourage students to focus on the structured patterns which make up the    art method?  

We engage in Zentangle to address many different aspects of our students development.  Focus, creativity, relaxation, ceremony, empowerment, abstraction, fun and discovery are just a few
of the many benefits of this elegant activity.  We know that the development of intentional mark making, writing, needs an element of drill and practice to become embedded in muscle memory. 
The repeated patterns of Zentangle engage muscle and hand/eye coordination in creating memory
and a strength to support all fine motor tasks that are encountered.

Focus on the task of tangling clears the mind and gets rid of noise leaving the tangler ready to
learn and engage with new ideas and concepts. Ursula, our middle school/college math teacher,
has reflected that math lessons after tangling are more productive than those not.

Tangle patterns require seeing not only the whole, but the parts of the whole thus allowing for
greater understanding.  Tangle pattern "step-outs" break seemingly complicated and impossible
patterns into easy doable steps.  A lesson in life perhaps?

Seeing patterns in the world around us helps us not only to understand but create something
new by changing/combining patterns.

The strategies, tool and techniques that are learned when tangling are those you need to draw
and create in other mediums.  Success and empowerment is a powerful motivator when attempting new things.

The patterns combine to create images pleasing to the brain.  Thus confidence in being a creative person is restored and transfers to other forms of art.

Zentangle reminds us that "anything is possible, one stroke at a time®".  So at Bold Park we
have chosen to tangle with our students, to utilize the benefits of tangling to support the
development of our students.

Like all other elements of your child's development, Zentangle will work best if it is supported
and understood by parents and families.

I agree with Deanna, and have seen the results from students with my own eyes.  I hope this encourages all the teachers to see the Zentangle light and get the kids into this great media of art.

I live in San Diego area and would love to introduce the Zentangle Method into the school district.  Please call me for classes for all ages of kids/classes/after school and/teachers then they could pass onto children. 
Janet Masey CZT  cell:  858-505-9611

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ellen Degeneres Zentangle

Tomorrows,  I'm driving to Burbank to Warner Brothers Studio's to see the "Ellen" Show.  My daughter and I are going to be part of her audience that day.  On the information about what not to wear and how to get there... they mentioned you can bring Ellen a gift.  So being a CZT, I made her a Zentangle.  I'm going to share with this tile the story of Rick and Maria.  My hopes are she will have them on her show............. how cool would that be?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Zentangle Pumpkin

Get your Halloween on "Nightmare Before Christmas".
Non Organic surface written with an Identipen. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Zentangle Sunday

Good Morning, today I'll make a Zentangle bookmark !!!
then I made some more.................................
Something about Sunday mornings, make ya wanna relax and tangle. 
Thank you, my friend Rho, for introducing me to Zentangle.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Maui here I come. Now just the waiting. Tic tic tic

Diva challenge --- STRIPES

San Diego CA doesn't usually get in the high 80's.  
Without air conditioning, it is too darn hot to do anything but tangle.  
This piece is done first tangled with my stencil pen.
 Then two watercolor pencils and a brown sharpie for depth.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Perfect thing to do while watching my football team get beat today.   Get into the Zen(tangle) Zone.                              

Friday, August 22, 2014

Look what I just got!!!

Thank you Suzanne Wilka for the find of a great lap easel.  
My first tangle using this amazing addition.
The easel brings your work closer to you (it is adjustable)
so better posture tangling and the angle makes seeing your work
(without having to be on top of your piece) so convenient..  -- yipee.