June 3, 2024

Hello Rick and Maria,

Maria writes

In the dawning of this beautiful art form, Rick and I, in our unabashed enthusiasm, thought that we would simply teach the world about our newfound passion. If someone invited us to teach, then we would go and teach. We jumped at every opportunity. We did that for a couple of years, until one day we found ourselves in the lovely state of New Hampshire at a meeting for the Women’s Caucus of Art. There were about thirty animated teachers of all types of art. Lovely people they were and so hungry to know more about our Zentangle Method of drawing. 

We had the best time, tangling together, excited to see the mosaics, hear the comments, revel in the smiles on everyone’s faces. 


The woman that invited us, Bette Abdu, wanted more. She said these fine people wanted to teach others this magical method AND, would we teach them how we would like it to be taught? Duh! Of course. How could we even think that the two of us alone would be able to teach every eager student in the world the Zentangle Method? We wouldn't even have time leftover to tie our shoes.


Well, we decided then and there that we would have seminars to teach people how to teach the Zentangle Method. In no time, we had our first CZT Seminar here in our tiny town of Whitinsville, Massachusetts. We rented an old estate to host the event. We had people from China, Europe and beyond travel all the way to our tiny town to become what we decided would be called a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).


Five of the ladies from that class in New Hampshire joined us at that first seminar.

And that, dear friends, is the story of the first CZT.

Ironically, Rick and I are not CZTs, as there was no one to teach us. Oh well. Maybe someday. . .

CZT Seminar #1 February 2009  

New Hampshire graduates with Rick and Maria 

L to R Sandy Bartholomew, Bette Abdu, Maria Thomas,  

Catherine Rogers, Rick Roberts, Donna Conroy, Kathy Freeburn

Julie writes


My journey here at Zentangle HQ has always involved a deep connection with the CZT community. I am fortunate enough to have a role that has allowed me to get to know so many of our wonderful teachers all over the world. It has been a privilege of mine to tangle with them, teach with them, learn from them, and get to know them. It is my favorite part of my job.


We could not celebrate the 20th anniversary of Zentangle without taking a moment to celebrate the tireless tanglers who have spread this method far and wide. Each and every one of them draws from their own experiences to guide their students, with more passion and gratitude than we could ever imagine.


Over the next few weeks, we will celebrate our nearly 8,000 Certified Zentangle Teachers in 82 countries around the world and the community that they have helped build.

If you would like to get to know some of our CZTs, we invite you to:


  • Watch the Zentangle Story Booth videos here.
  • Explore the CZT Family Tree blog series here.
  • Find a CZT in your area here.

20th Anniversary Journal Project

Shading your Zentangle art is just as much part of the method as the tangles themselves. Adding shades of gray can add dimension and character to your art and allows you to play with both light and dark. Shading can also be daunting and intimidating.

In your journal this month, we are focusing on shading. We encourage you to push the limits by adding layers and layers (and more layers) of contrast to create an illusion of light and dark.

In between the tangles, reflect on if you have ever taken a Zentangle class with a CZT or followed a tutorial that really pushed you outside of your comfort zone. How did that go? What did you learn?

Tangling with Molly and Martha

Embark on an artistic exploration with Martha Huggins and Molly Hollibaugh, as you weave your resilient web, gathering confidence and growth along the way.

During this experiential weekend, we dive into thematic Zentangle philosophies and play with carefully curated materials that teach you to build composition with tangles through layering and perspective. We use unique techniques to lace tangles together with strength and harmony, creating an extraordinary web of creativity.

Boone, North Carolina

Learn more and register here.

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Learn more and register here.

Become a Certified Zentangle Teacher

United States

CZT 42: Hybrid. English Only.

  • Attend In person:

Newport Harbor Island Resort

November 10-13, 2024 - Click to register and for more information.

  • Attend Online:

November 11-13, 2024 - Click to register and for more information.

Please email martha@zentangle.com with any questions about seminars in the U.S.


CZT EU 8: November 30-December 2, 2024

German, English, Spanish and French available

Please email team@conzentric.de with any questions about seminars in Europe


CZT Asia 24: June 22-23, 2024

With Gratitude and Appreciation,

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

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