The Craft of Zentangle: Fabric Fiesta

The Craft of Zentangle: Fabric Fiesta


In this class, we will:

  • explore different fabrics and different marker options
  • incorporate color into your piece
  • create a Zentangle inspired lavender sachet (or batting if you do not want lavender). It makes a great gift for someone else or yourself.

When: April 19th, 11am – 1:30pm
Where: Hobby Lobby, 6811 S. Fry Road, Katy, TX 77494
Cost: Class is $25. Supplies are $15 and include fabric pens, fabrics, lavender and thread. I will also have fabric markers for communal use.

Who can take this class?
Anyone who has taken a beginner Zentangle class or has comparable Zentangle experience, is welcome in the class. Please feel free to share this class with other Zentangle enthusiasts.

Please contact me at to sign up.

Tangle Library App: Yoga For Your Brain – last day for Intro Offer

Sandy Steen Bartholomew has released a wonderful App (Apple only) for all Zentangle fans. I got this app the day it was released, and I love it.  My favorite part about it is the Filter feature as well as the ability to take photos of your work and file it with that tangles you used.

Here is the official info from iTunes


Get Tangle Library for just $1.99 – this special launch discount is 60% off the regular price of $4.99! Grab it today before the price increases.


This app will show you how to draw 40 gorgeous tangles by published author and Certified Zentangle Teacher™ Sandy Steen Bartholomew. These tangles are structured patterns that are easy to make and fantastic to look at. All you need is a pen, pencil, and paper to start making beautiful art!

Once you’ve created your masterpiece, use the built in photo tool to take a picture of your work and file it with the tangles you used.

- 40 tangles from Sandy’s “Tangle Cards – Yoga For Your Brain” card pack. Each tangle includes a picture of the finished pattern and step by step visual instructions so you can make them yourself.

- Filter the tangles by shape, shade, and more to find the perfect tangle for your composition.
- Star your favorite tangles to easily find them again.
- Use the built in photo organizer to take pictures of your finished drawings. You can later review your photos organized by the tangle used.
- Also includes a quick start guide to tangling for those new to the process or who could use a refresher.

Get an E-Book and Feed a Child

Seeing Stars ebook

One of my fellow CZTs, Cris Letourneau, (author of Made in the Shade) has a friend who works with orphans in Haiti. The orphanage has had to spend the money they usually spend on electricity on food instead. As of a few days ago, they are without power.

Chris has humbly asked that anyone who can to donate just $3 to this worthy cause. If you would rather have something for yourself, please consider purchasing her e-book: Seeing Stars: a Zentangle Constellation. All proceeds going to help the food crisis at St. Vincents.


Seeing Stars: a Zentangle Constellation is an ebook of instructions and templates for creating 3-dimensional star ornaments. Includes 21 original tangled stars and 25 poetic quotes about stars.The book is broken down into 4 pdf files:

  • Seeing Stars – complete, full-color instructions and 21 tangled stars with space to tangle or color
  • Seeing Stars Color – the 21 same stars, colored by me in red, green, gold, and silver. For inspiration or to cut out and use as is.
  • Seeing Stars Shaded (2 parts)

Purchase Seeing Stars here.

For more information about the crisis at St. Vincent’s, please see this blog:

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Host a Zentangle-Inspired Holiday Dinner Party

If you need to plan a holiday dinner party, but can’t think of what theme to use, consider a Zentangle-Inspired Party. Zentangle is a fun an relaxing drawing method that traditionally uses the colors black, white and gray. You can incorporate these colors into your party as well as give your guest an great experience.


tile4If you already tangle,  create a small simple tile with your favorite tangles and incorporate that into your invitations. has some paper options which are the perfect size for a tangle and party information, plus they make it easy to add your own artwork. If you need an easier option, any black and white invitation or an evite will work just great.


Choosing a party theme based on two or three colors makes planning and decorating an easy task. Party supply stores have a wide range of monochromatic supplies that you can combine into the Zentangle color scheme. Black, white and gray are elegant colors when blended together that also complement any house decor.


For this party, guests can be asked to choose their favorite of the three colors, and dress appropriately. More formal parties can ask for dresses or shirts and ties, while more casual parties can just ask guests to include the colors into their ensemble.


Even with your menu, you can include the Zentangle color theme. You can choose some black or white side dishes to complement your main meal or cook only foods that are completely those colors. White foods might include mashed potatoes, white beans, cauliflower, hummus while black foods could be wild rice, black beans or olives. Anything white or dark chocolate would work well for your trichromatic dinner table.


cupBook a Zentangle class for your party. If you have one in your area, contact a Certified Zentangle Teacher to plan an event. You can go the traditional method and learn Beginning Zentangle or your class could be project-based, like cards, holiday ornaments or even DIY coffee mugs. If you don’t have a Certified Zentangle Teacher in your area, I do have online classes available through Creative Workshops. More information can be found on this blog post.

With some planning, your dinner party will be a hit. Whether you want to inspire your guests, have a unique get-together or spend a crafty night with friends, a Zentangle-Inspired Holiday Dinner is a great way to do that.

It’s my Birthday Month – Here’s a gift!

To celebrate my Birthday Month, I am having a sale on all my classes at Creative workshops!! Only $20 per class!  There are 3 to choose from: Zentangle 101, Zentangle:Beyond the Basics, and Interactive Altered Books.

Zentangle: Beyond the Basics – Online at Creative Workshopszentangle_beyondthebasics

Zentangle: Beyond the Basics is for those ready to develop their Zentangle skills further. This workshop will cover techniques to make your designs more organic and flowing and help to enhance your Zentangle creations. Lessons will include more complex tangles, expanded shading techniques, tangle enhancers, tangle transitions, and many more tips to help you to take your practice to the next level.

Zentangle 101 is highly recommended but not required to take this class.

Zentangle 101 – Online at Creative Workshopsdawnzentangle101full

This online class will introduce you to the basics of the Zentangle method, including concepts, history and applications. Then we will move a step beyond for more in-depth lessons, covering methods for creating unique strings along with shading and highlighting techniques as well as ideas for creating Zentangle Inspired Art.

There is no previous art experience necessary for this technique.

Interactive Altered Book

Craving new and adventurous techniques to add new life to your art?
Give yourself and your work an inspiration boost by adding interactive
elements into your pieces.

Using an altered book as the base, you will learn to create pop ups,
pull tabs, pockets, spinning wheels, hidden flaps and other movable
parts. Learn to make your art a hands-on experience for the viewer by
adding playful surprises that make them say, “Wow!”.

This workshop is not creating a finished altered book but learning to create the elements to incorporate into your own altered books. No previous altered book experience is necessary.

These techniques are great for any mixed media artists, from altered
books to art journaling to mixed media paintings and beyond.

Play Day Party Celebration & Book Signing with Suzanne McNeil

NEW! Play Day Party Celebration & Book Signing

with   Suzanne McNeill
    Saturday – Oc978-1-57421-718-6tober 28 – 1:00 to 4:00
You are in
vited to a FUN Play Day!
• Bring a friend or two!
• Book Signing – ‘The Beauty of Zentangle’
• Four Mini Classes
• Snacks
• Fun and Creativity
Come celebrate the publication of our new book, ‘The Beauty of Zentangle’!
This amazing 184 page book features Art from 137 Tangle artists from around the world. CZT Authors, Suzanne McNeill and Cindy Shepard, will be on hand and would love to sign your book. Additional guest Tangle artists, including me, Dawn Meisch, will also be present to sign your book. This is a fabulous opportunity!
The Beauty of Zentangle’ books will be on hand for purchase or bring your own copy.

Mini Classes

In addition, there will be mini classes available. There will be teachers, supplies and tables for Zentangle®, Gelli Art Printing, Doodle Bug art journal, and Personalized Memory Stamps.
There is a $10 entry fee. What a bargain… you’ll take home a black Micron pen, an official Zentangle tile (with your art), Gelli Art fabric and deli paper (with your art), a Doodle Bug art journal (create your own from scratch), and a Memory Stamp (with your  personal image).

How do I Sign Up?

Contact Sparks Studio for more information on how to sign up.


I used to choose the winner. We had 51 total entries. Comment #15 won.

Congratulations to

Karen Matthews

You won the free class!
I will be contacting you soon with instructions to redeem your class.

A big thank you to everyone who entered!