May 1, 2024

Hello Rick and Maria,

We knew we could not celebrate Zentangle’s 20th Anniversary without a month dedicated to our beloved mascot, Bijou.


Born out of Maria’s pen and our playful imaginations, Bijou serves as a gentle reminder of Zentangle’s philosophies for us to embrace both on and off the tile. As we were planning our yearlong celebration, Bijou enthusiastically asked if we would celebrate him during the month of May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. He absolutely cherished sharing 21 days of his philosophies last year.


The United States has been observing Mental Health Awareness during the month of May since 1949. Each year, businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals dedicate this month to acknowledge those affected by mental illness by presenting innovative ideas, events, and programs to support the treatment and prevention of mental illness.


Over the years, we have heard stories from tanglers around the world who have used the Zentangle Method to improve their mental well-being. Whether it be through studies and stories or through personal anecdotes, we know that having a Zentangle practice can reduce stress, increase confidence, and bring out the artist inside all of us.


Bijou believes wholeheartedly in the power of the Zentangle Method and that small, simple, repetitive strokes can make a huge difference. And he knows that with our tangling practice on our tiles, we take all the wisdom we learn and embrace (No Mistakes, Anything is Possible One Stroke at a Time, Gratitude and Appreciation, Slow Down, etc) off

our tiles, and into our lives.


You can learn more about Bijou here.

In honor of Bijou and Mental Health Awareness Month, we are embarking on a 21 day challenge where we will delve into one tangle on one 3Z tile a day. We invite you to find 15-20 minutes each day to tangle along with us, Bijou, and the Zentangle Community, allowing your pen to soothe your soul.

Shop Bijou's Be Well Bundles here.

Be sure to select tile color from the drop down menu. Bijou's Be Well Bundles will be available through May 2024 only.

As we get ready for this year's focus on mental health, we want to take a moment to share with you how we have recognized this month in years past:

2021: Zentangle Project Pack No. 14: Tangled Musings.

2022: Mental Health Awareness and the wellBeing series

2023: Bijou’s Be Well Series: One Bijouism, One Bijou, One Day at a Time.

We have created and collected a series of tips and tricks for working with various tools and different surfaces. We recommend watching these videos before beginning Bijou's Be Well series.

We cannot wait to get started!

Our friends at Sakura of America recently shared a short video with tips for reviving Gelly Roll pens. We learned a lot and wanted to share with you, the Zentangle Community.

Join Molly and Julie as they explore different tangling tools on Translucen-Z Tiles.

Molly shares her tips for shading with Gelly Roll® Pens.

Custom Bijou Apparel

Take Bijou and his gentle reminders with you with our collection of custom Bijou T-Shirts.

Bijou's Relaxed Women's T-Shirt

3 colors

Bijou Be Well Women's T-Shirt

3 colors

Bijou T-Shirt - Unisex

3 colors

Bijou Be Well T-Shirt - Unisex

3 colors

These shirts are made specifically for you as soon as you place an order, so they will ship separately from any other Zentangle products and are not returnable. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction, so thank you for making thoughtful purchasing decisions!

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.

Learn more and register here.

Become a Certified Zentangle Teacher

Last month we announced a revamped CZT Seminar experience. You can read more about these events in this newsletter.

2024 Scholarship Opportunity (US Only):

Through the generosity of our worldwide Zentangle family, The Zentangle Foundation is pleased to offer scholarship support towards attending CZT training seminars, hosted in the US. The scholarship is awarded based on the recipient's commitment to utilizing their certification to benefit their community and is not based on financial need.

Scholarship applications for the CZT 42 seminar are due by May 1, 2024 (Registration for the seminar is open until October). For more information and for the scholarship application, please visit the Zentangle Foundation website.

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 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 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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