May 15, 2023

Hello Rick and Maria,

Welcome to Day 05 of Bijou's Be Well Bundle video series!

"There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart." - Hellen Keller

There is a curious transformation that happens when one begins a Zentangle practice. In a way it is a transformation of beauty. Bijou reminds us to emphasize what kind of beauty we are talking about. We are talking about the kind of beauty that lives in a sunrise, hides in hug, and crawls along the edge of wildflower garden. Then there is also the beauty found in the way your best friend makes tea, or your neighbor rakes their lawn, or the rips in your favorite pair of jeans.

People say that beauty lies within the eyes of the beholder. It is so true, and in the case of tangling, we have noticed that many people experience an increased awareness of the beauty around them. It is as if the practice has shifted their perspective and opened windows to something more and they are able to see some beauty in almost everything around them. 

Bijou agreed with us but added that there is even more to it than that. He believes that every Zentangle artist is constantly adding beauty to the world. So there actually is more and more beauty added to our worlds every minute of every day. He explains that it is not the tangle by itself where we find beauty. It is what the artist has done with it that we are so drawn to. Bijou loves to share his adaptation of a famous quote by chef Thomas Keller to describe this phenomenon, “A tangle has no soul. You, as the artist, must bring soul to the tangle.” In other words, it is the artist that makes each Zentangle tile Beautiful and Beyond.


Be well, be you,


Bijou's Be Well Bundle - Day 05

Bijou's Be Well Bundle - Day 05

The videos in the Bijou's Be Well Bundle series will be released every day through May 31, 2023. You can view all of the videos in this series here (after their release).

Tangle Step-Out: bales

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Join Molly Hollibaugh and Martha Huggins as they guide you through process behind deconstructing and creating "seed tangles".

Zentangle Garden: Seed and Organic Tangles

June 9-11, 2023

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Learn more and register here.

Bijou's Be Well Bundles

Bijou's Be Well Bundle - White Bijou tiles and tools
Bijou's Be Well Bundle - Black Bijou tiles and tools
Become a Certified Zentangle Teacher
United States

CZT 41: September 22-24, 2023
English Only

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CZT Asia 22: August 17-20, 2023
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CZT-EU 7: October 19-22, 2023
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We will see you tomorrow for Day 06 of Bijou's Be Well Bundle!

With Gratitude and Appreciation,

Rick, Maria, Molly, Martha, Bijou and everyone at Zentangle HQ!

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