Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Passing the Celebration on to YOU

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
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 Last week on my blog - some awesomeness happened. My counter rolled over to 200,000 hits!!  it's been pretty exciting in my house as we were getting closer to the big number.  B-rad would tell me every day how close i was getting....  i should say that i'm not a new blogger.  I've been blogging in some form or other since the way back days of 2002 before blogging was really a thing.   My personal blog (where i rant and rave and curse like a sailor, you've been warned) has been online for 9 years, and i have just under 50,000 hits on that one - since i started keeping track in 2007.   So - for me, this is huge.

and i'm honoured.

This challenge has been such an amazing ride in my already crazy amazing life.  You all keep saying in your sweet comments and emails how much you're thankful for me doing this - but the reality is i'm thankful to YOU guys.... This whole idea for a challenge started just under a year ago when i tentatively posted my first challenge and spread the word to the couple of CZTs that i was in regular contact with on facebook... and it grew.  And it grew and it grew and it grew until it created this wonderful community of artists and tanglers.  Through this blog and through your entries and comments and emails, i've come to know you guys as well.  You are all so wonderful.

PLUS - how cool is it to be on THIS side of the challenge to see what you guys do with it?? the few of you who've guest posted for me, you know what i'm talking about!!

It's fantastic!

SO! i'm having a giveaway to celebrate 200K!
Here are the FANTASTIC PRIZES!


 Prize Package #3

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  Prize Package #2
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Prize Package #1
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  • 8 sheets of Pocket Pagez courtesy of CropStop
  • Zen Mandalas courtesy of the lovely and talented Suzanne McNeill, CZT
  • Tangle Organizer, courtesy of the fabulous and fellow Canadian Genevieve Crabe, CZT
  • One set of Sakura Pigma Micron pens, courtesy of Sakura of America
  • One sent of 10 Sakura Glaze pens, courtesy of  Sakura of America
  • One Red Sakura pencil case, courtesy of Sakura of America
  • One Multiliner 4pc Sepia set, courtesy of Copic Color (Not pictured)
  • One Zentangle kit
  • One Zentangle to Go case, courtesy of Zentangle.com
  • One leaded glass frame containing two original Zentangles - one collaboration by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the other by yours truly
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Now, you're probably wondering how to enter.  Each of these methods will get you an entry:

  1. Leave a comment below saying how Zentangle has enhanced YOUR life (be sure to supply a valid email address so i can contact you if you win!)
  2. Blog about this contest on your OWN blog - be sure to leave the site-specific URL to your blog post in a separate comment
  3. Tweet about it using the following (be sure to leave a separate comment with your twitter id letting me know) : @iamthediva is holding a #zentangle giveaway to celebrate 200K! #divacztgiveaway http://tinyurl.com/6bewexz
I will select three winners randomly on November 30th from the comment section.  Good luck!! And thanks again for all the great submissions to all the challenges.  I heart you.

321 comments:

  1. Oh, where to start?!
    A friend of mine, Trish Rice, became a CZT. Every time I saw her she would tell me about Zentangle. I finally made time to go to a workshop and I am so glad I did. When I brought home my little square of zen my six year old daughter said, "Oohh, Mom.....YOU are an artist!" Her amazement was valid because up until that point we both knew I was not. I started teaching her how to do it and together we started seeing Zentangle patterns everywhere, in everything. I began to put my hands on the concept of transferring what I saw in the world to paper. She constantly uses the ribbon behind a ribbon concept in her regular drawings (she is incredibly artistic) to draw objects in front of other objects. Birthday cards are now works of art displayed long after the party is over.
    I am a Language Arts teacher and many of the kids I work with have ADD, some Aperger's and a few with high functioning Autism. I am teaching my students how to do Zentangle and as we gather more material we are going to put it in a mural on the bulletin board in our hallway, showing how the originality of many can create oneness. I will never forget when Trish had all of us who attended the work put our work together on the table and suddenly I couldn't find mine. They had become one!
    I love to see the pride and pleasure my students have, not only when I praise their work, but when their peers do. And you can't beat Zentangle for learning the fine motor skills some are lacking. What is not to love about Zentangle?
    Thanks for an opportunity to share that.
    Gloria
    baby_abode@yahoo.com

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  2. Congratulations! I have really enjoyed Zentangles. I zentangled my favorite old sneakers and then my cane! Now that gets lots of attention. Love following your blog!
    Dolores@DoloresQuilts.com

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  3. I have just started to Zentangle and I love it. It's relaxing and frees my mind up, gives me a little peace and quiet for a while.

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  4. I would LOVe to win one of the packages because I have loved the look of Zentangle ever since I first saw it last year. A little fearful to start and not knowing really where to start.....making the time for me has been an issue but I'd really like to give it a go with a little help! acclack at msn dot com

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  5. I find zentangles to be very relaxing. I have doodled all my life but I didn't realize there was a better name for what I did until I went looking for mandalas to color. I would love to win one of these packages of supplies to help me with more doodling.

    EMAIL rleckie911 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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  6. I am totally in on this contest! Zentangle has changed my life. I didn't think I was good at anything until I posted my first ever Zentangle on my blog and then was contacted to see if they could publish both of my creations! ! Ummm...YEAH!
    wendyjo72@gmail.com
    I had to remove all of my tangles until the publication comes out but id love for you to visit my blog!!
    papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com
    Thanks for the chance to win great prizes!!!

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  7. I am a newbie and just found your site. Congrats and thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. Shared your giveaway on my blog:

    http://perpetual-playtime.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-am-diva-certified-zentangle-teacher.html

    EMAIL rleckie911 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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  9. Shared via Twitter: @iamthediva is holding a #zentangle giveaway to celebrate 200K! #divacztgiveaway http://tinyurl.com/6bewexz

    Twitter ID: R_Leckie

    EMAIL rleckie911 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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  10. I tweeted your contest! I'm @artistsmurf

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  11. I think zentangles are amazing. The few times I have tried them have been relaxing and a nice distraction from the craziness going on around me. Thanks for a chance to win.
    rmpoohbear75 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  12. I have done a post about this on my blog.
    http://bluepoohbear753.blogspot.com/2011/11/do-you-zentangle.html

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  13. I have tweeted about this. @brmillm6

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  14. I am VERY new to Zentangle - (just got my Kit last week) I thought it looked so amazing but Oh so complicated. Then I read the fabulous saying Anything is possible one stroke at a time. Now I'm hooked. The patterns look so intricate yet I can't believe how relaxed and almost trance like I feel when I'm doing my Zentangle. I introduced my Darling 8 year old Granddaughter to it last weekend and she is great at it. Interesting to see the wee tangles she creates - very girly - stars, hearts, flowers Bless her. Thankyou all you artists for encouraging me into your FABULOUS WORLD OF ZENTANGLE

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  15. I am an elementary Art teacher in Naples, FL. I have been teaching lessons that utilize the element of Line as the basis of their Art education. Interestingly enough, many of my lessons look just like what Zentangle teaches! My design samples do not have names for each pattern used, but they certainly look like tangles.
    Sue aka happyartist7@msn.com

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  16. I stumbled upon Zentangle at a time in my life when it was truly a blessing in disguise. Recently unemployed, and my daughter, at 35, just discovered, quite by accident, that she had breast cancer. With a double whammy like that, Zentangle gave me exactly what I needed: Peace, relaxation and the beauty of creation. I am not an artist, but I've always admired art. Since Zentangle came along, I can't seem to get enough of it. Really what I wish for is to be able to go to one of Rick and Maria's classes! Unfortunately, I don't see that happening. But, with sites like yours, and others, I can learn many, many tangles. I love it! PS - My daughter just had her 5th chemo treatment, and we are grateful she is doing well. My email is: lilypie99@yahoo.com Thank you! Melanye Narcarti in SE Georgia

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  17. Zentangles give me a safe place to escape to when I need to quiet my mind, and with only needing a pen and paper!

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  18. I tweeted about your contest.
    I'm kimberiginal on Twitter.

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  19. For twenty years I was a martial arts teacher, encouraging my students to understand the mind, body, spirit connection. It was a way of life that seeped into every nook and cranny. Unfortunately, due to a serious accident I was disabled and forced into retirement. Sadly, I had lost my connection to that spiritual place untl the fateful day, last March when I overheard a lady talking about zentangles. I googled it, of course! Found Rick and Maria and, oh my goodness couldn't believe what happened when I tangled. Everything I thought I had lost came back! It is a place so sacred and I am so grateful that I have found a way to be touch that spiritual side of myself again.

    Love you all. I'm off to tangle!

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  20. I am a CZT and it has been a fantastic, wild, creative, expanding and challenging experience to teach and share tangling and the whole Zentangle philosophy with others. The process and my students have enriched my life. It allows everyone to bring their own self and style to creating art in a supportive environment.
    Thanks Laura for the Diva challenges and helping us all to grow on our own tangled paths through life.
    Melissa Cahn
    mwcahn@ptd.net

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  21. New to the concept but the feeling of pen on paper in a purposeful way is meditative for me

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  22. I've been more or less Zentangling for years! But now I'm striving to learn to slow down and concentrate more on each connection and overall pattern. Art is a huge part of my life and I know the healing & calming effects it has. Because of this I have encouraged and helped many adults and now children to get involved with art even if they think they can't! I gave blank journals, pens, markers & some sheets of ideas to the 2 grandsons of a friend. These boys had watched their mother fight cancer for 3 years until it won the battle. A short 3.5 years later they watched as their beloved Grandfather also fought and lost a battle with cancer. I explained to the boys that these were their very own journals to do what they wanted in them. They could write, draw, just doodle or write and cover the words with art. I encouraged them to carry the journals where ever they went for jotting ideas etc. or doing art while having to ride or sit. They both loved the idea. I've since given 3 more journals to one of the boys! I started to print out the different tangles and samples of designs and gave them to them to learn to tangle. The youngest recently took his journal and the printouts of zentangle patterns to his teacher (7th grade). She was blown away and hadn't heard about Zentangling! She immediately went to the internet and looked at the Zentangle sites I had listed on one of the print-outs. She fell in love, saw the potential for kids to learn this and the possible ZEN effects it could have. She is now teaching the basic Zentangles in her art class and according to "Scooby" the classes are loving it! If I had the funds or supplies I would give them more to work with but right now I can't. However, I am now considering sending several journals, Zen cards, ATC cards and the explanation and samples of each to my Niece who has a disabled brother and also lost her mother to cancer several years ago. She is now working at a Children's home complex, as a house mother/teacher/psychologist for pregnant teenage girls. Many of these girls have had awful lives and I have a strong belief these forms of art will help them so much!!
    Anyway, sorry for rambling on but I have strong feelings on art for therapy and relaxing and wanted you to see what I've done to spread it around. Winning 1st prize would be overwhelming but winning any of the packages would be just awesome and sure to help!
    Star ( feathersnowfly@charter.net)

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  23. I just Tweeted your celebration and give-away prizes... @MelanyeNarcarti

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  24. Wow congrats! Let's see how did I become addicted to Tangles? I was in a group following Artist's Way when a friend who was in the group I had gone to high school with in the early seventies showed me a tangle. I admired hers and then found out my mentor in my beading classes daughter is a CZT well I signed up for a class in Dearfield NH. We now I am just learning but I showed my Mom my first 2 cards I did in class showing 8 Tangles and my Mom says "You drew those?" She thought card was printed lol I asked if she might be interested in something new as she was a master cake decorator and teacher as well as an expert in anything you put her mind too lol no wonder I drover a tractor trailer for 27 years!
    So I saw in a Zentangle write up that Maria was to be at a craft fair type gathering and I invited my Mom to come along. We both got to meet her and she was so wonderful(Loved her SHOES lol) she showed different Tangles on her big Spinning Board and I told my Mom I would buy a kit for her 76th birthday coming up. I got it that day and didn't make her wait the 2 weeks lol She is now showing others her Zentangle kit amd her Tangles. We both bought pumpkins and Tangled them. Now Christmas cards. I can not thank you all for the beauties you post and for the inspiration and PEACE you have given me and my MOM thanks so much.
    With much Love
    Eunice

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  25. I'm new to the ZEN but have gotten 3 books and some pens and have been having the best of time doing names and envelopes. Even gave some books to my son and he's done some marvelous envelopes and sent them to me. I have them on my wall by my creative desk. Thanks for the opportunity to win cool prizes. They look yummy!
    Bette dcuddahee@comcast.net

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  26. Hi
    Uni here again! I added your contest to MY BLOG

    http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8984659059655974849#editor/target=post;postID=5059738445968457299

    Hope lots of people enter and push your followers that much higher

    Thanks again!

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  27. I recently graduated from an Advertising & Graphic Design degree program, and have been teaching illustration as an adjunct instructor at the college since then. Would love to be able to take CZT training myself, but have been using Zentangle as a resource to get uncertain students over their fears of beginning to draw and to get them into the flow. They love it, and we share websites in class. I'm certain some new CZTs will come out of that before long!
    swxe@hotmail.com

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  28. I have always been creative, but quilting isthe direction I took 30 years ago. Then in June 2009 I lost me very best friend. All the creative juices just stopped. Then a younger quilter was going to show our quilt guild how to Zentangle. I reluctantly showed up just to show support of this young new teacher. No pen, no paper, I was just going to sit and observed. Within 10 minutes I was getting lost in the ability to be creative. It helped me get through a very sad time in my life and it is a part of my day to day life now. I Zentangle on cloth and paper. I am forever grateful to Liz for sharing it with me.
    My email address is: jmichelle@cabelone.net

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  29. I am a new tangler. I started this past July by taking a one day course at the school of Fine Arts in Haliburton from Chari-lynn Riethemer CZT. I loved Zentangle so much I have done a piece almost everyday since my course. I have always been interested in art, but had yet to find the perfect art form that was cost effective and did not require a large amount of time or space. Zentangle fits my crazy busy life! I am a mom, wife and a grade one teacher. I even found a way to interest those students who are not good at academics, sports or going outside in the cold winter months-- a Zentangle Club! The students love it! You should see their beautiful proud faces when they create lovely pieces of art. It is truly amazing, priceless and inspiring! Written By Sara Mudge email address: saraannemudge@gmail.com

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  30. “Sometimes you just NEED to tangle!” popped into my mind this afternoon in amongst the busyness I call “life”. So I stopped and tangled awhile. Always a brilliant choice. I feel like a Zentangle Missionary, since discovering this fabulous, wonderful stuff. Everyone else prior to me here has described very well how life enhancing Zentangling is so I won’t try to reinvent any wheels. Tangle on Everyone!!! And thanks for all the sharing that goes on in this community. Sue Zache

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  31. Zentangle has given me my Art back! I thought I lost it... you know, the days when I was a kid and was always creating something, anything... just because I could and there was nothing better to do. No internet, email or cell phone. I didn't know how much I missed it until I found it again.

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  32. Oh I am so excited to be introduced to your blog by the Zentangle newsletter!! I am brand new to the Tangle and love it!!! I love the simplicity and the intensity of the designs and that I can carry my supplies in a very compact way. but if I choose I can tangle on anything and everything!! Takes me back to wonderful sunny afternoons doodling all over my jeans sitting up high on one of my favorite Prairie Sentinels!! Too many good things to list!! Thank you for sharing this blog! email ddartmission@yahoo.com

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  33. Wow!!! Some great prizes there!!! I would love to win! I have been Zentangeling before we knew what it was!!!! It is so relaxing! Thanks for the chance!!!
    Jamie
    mays331@embarqmail.com

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  34. Zentangle has brought my mom, my daughter and myself together..
    sharing ideas, our projects and most importantly, our time. We are
    taking our first class together by a CZT on Saturday, and are over the
    moon excited about it!
    shawn
    noslig@gmail.com

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  35. I was introduced to ZT by my cousin....she said how relaxing it is!
    Then I was at a quilting workshop in Sisters Oregon and again introduced to the method, but with quilt lines in mind.

    I have since shown many people...but my 6 year grandson has taken to it like a duck to water. We love to do it together!

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  36. I am a new mom who has never really found a hobby. I took a Zentangle class with my family who had already been doing it and I was hooked! I find that with 2 small kids I don't have a lot of time to Zentangle, by myself anyway! My 3 year old son has "helped" me on many occasions and the poor micron pens have paid the ultimate price lol. I find that I feel more like a whole person now that I have something I like to do and am also good at! It has given me the desire to find more things I enjoy and go back to some things that I've lost touch with over the years. In short Zentangle has helped to make me more of a whole person. I incorporate tangles into jewelery and share them with people I love. Thanks for your blog and thanks to Rick and Maria for organizing the art form of Zentangle, looking forward to good things in the future!
    Laura, San Diego, Ca
    Sdmom81@gmail.com

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  37. Debbie said: I am a beginner. I love how it helps me to focus on something creative and positive, very relaxing. I'm also a substitute teacher and am planning to use this in the classroom.
    My email is debralenard@att.net

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  38. Since the class I took from you Laura my zentangle materials are always out on the table and ready for me whenever I need soothing....I really do zen every day. It has got me through some difficult times. Thank you. Debbie My email is dbstef@shaw.ca

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  39. How tangling effected my life: My life is busy, living by the clock, taking care of everybody. When I tangle I take care of myself. Even if it is for about 5 or 10 minutes a day. Those 5 or 10 minutes are like silence/peace in the rush, I reload my battery in those minutes. Meanwhile I create something new, simply by drawing strokes with a minimum of materials and last but not least I can show it to others, 'cause of your site and others, and I can inspire people; tickle them to do the same: create and choose for 5-10 minutes a day for themselves. Thank you for making this 'I am the Diva'-site possible. I will name you on my blog: www.tekenpraktijkdeinnerlijkewereld.blogspot.com. My email: eaj_wolters@hotmail.com Wishing you another 200K Love Ellen

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  40. Just wrote a comment,was not posted??? Another try...
    During the day I am living by the clock and am busy with taking care of others. Between all the busy stuff, sometimes not more that 5-10 minutes I tangle. In those 5-10 minutes I reload my battery, those tangling-minutes are silence and peace. In this silence I reload and create and above all I can share my creation with others. I love to tickle them to do the same or some other artform: take those 5-10 minutes to take care of yourself. Thanks Diva for making it possible to share and inspire others with the creations made with very less material: paper, pencil and marker.
    I will name you on my blog. My email adress: eaj_wolters@hotmail.com

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  41. Zen Tangles have renewed my interest in art. I have always liked art and find my self doodling on everything. But Zen Tangles has helped me channel that creativity. I also use Zen Tangles as a therapeutic outlet with my patients and find that when I teach them something I love they respond to it better.

    Email: saycheesead@yahoo.com

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  42. My life IS a Zentangle! All those strings interlacing with each other and the simplicity of the strokes put together to make such a complex whole. I love the metaphor, I love the process, and I love all the beauty that gets put out there into the universe!
    Thanks for helping to create such a wonderful community!
    yqdesign@rochester.rr.com

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  43. I had strayed from all artistic endeavors since the arrival of my 2nd son, 5 years ago, because I just couldn't find the time to "lug" out all the materials needed for the various art forms I worked in! And since i had been doing something "creative", in one form or another, since kindergarten or earlier, (over 32 years now), it was very upsetting to lose that part of my life- even tho I was ecstatic to have my now larger family to take care of. When I stumbled across Zentangle, it was like being stranded on an island for many years & finally seeing a rescue ship headed my way! Lol. I had always been a doodler (its the ADHD in me, lol) so this was such a natural progression! Finally something to satisfy my overwhelming desire to create & in such a compact form that I found myself doing them everywhere! I even made one while stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic one day! Everytime we'd stop for a minute, is draw a little more! Lol. I am so grateful for being able to create everyday, it allows me freedom to express myself, one stroke at a time!

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  44. Naomi Curtis Sturtevant nsturtev@smith.eduNovember 18, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Zentangle is the best stress reducer ever when I am at work. It is quiet. It can be picked up at any point and continued as time permits. It is totally portable and can be taken with me to meetings. Zentangle is soothing and centering and calming. I love it. And at home it gives me the same relief.
    nsturtev@smith.edu

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  45. Zentangle is pure fun! It enables me to decompress after a hard day or even during my lunch break at work. I always find it amazing that I actually created something that looks like art, well ... at least to me :) Its doodling at its best. Yahoo!

    Take care,
    Vicki
    deedee396@yahoo.com

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  46. Wow, how has Zentangle NOT changed me? I can't think of a way. Almost every facet of my life now is looking for patterns and underlying designs. The ubiquity of natural and manmade designs has just exploded for me and that in turn changes all of my art. Maria and Rick have exploded the world by making it so much smaller. Thanx to them and thanx to you for the challenges in my daily viewing of life.

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  47. I was looking for another way to help my daughter who has been in Occupational Therapy for a Fine Motor Skills Deficit since she was 7 years old (now 12 y.o.). She falls in the bottom 1% of fine motor function (the condition is called Dysgraphia). It hurts me to see her struggle so much with just simple tasks like printing and never feel successful. The other kids have teased her for her poor penmanship. Teachers who don't know her well will write hurtful comments on her work like, " Try not to be so messy!". It has been so painful to watch my kind and intelligent daughter struggle. This problem was killing a part of her beautiful spirit.
    We are fortunate to live in an age of typing and computers because she can get her beautiful ideas out in a legible way but, I know she still longed to be artistic.

    I looked at Zentangle and the motto "There are no Mistakes" and realized this could be a breakthrough. The slow, deliberate, mindful strokes are perfect for her. She is learning to be proud of herself and what she can create. She says," Her hands feel like a part of her when she is Tangling instead of just clumsy appendages. This has made my heart sing ...

    Congratulations on 200,000 Hits! You should be so proud to have shared such happiness and peace with so many folks around the globe. Your site is one of the first I ever saw and one of the reasons I fell in love with tangling and knew it could help my daughter. Thank you for being part of the loving community of Zentangle.

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  48. I consider Zentangles a form of art and as that I treat is the same way as if I was painting. It's all about getting outside yourself and back to basics. The feel of the pen as it moves across the paper, the discovery of a new design and the excitement when it is a finished piece of art. It is a way to let your daily worries go and just be with yourself.

    Great job reaching the 200k mark and for the wonderful giveaway items. Once I get this up on my blog, I'll leave you another comment with the address. Happy Tangling.

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  49. Zentangle got me over a block in my creativity. I am now getting back into all of my art because of it. I loved it so much I bought all of my nieces and nephews a kit for Christmas last year. I would love to become a CZT if I could only convince my hubby it is worth the cost.
    My email address is: crystalwolfsings@yahoo.com

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  50. Zentangles is a form a therapy for me. It helps me cope with severe chronic pain due to a nerve disease, as it keeps my mind off the pain while I am creating. Another benefit is keeping my hands and fingers mobile to combat the stiffness and pain from arthritis. Zentangle should be in any occupational and physical therapists bag of techniques and tricks.

    I also love to quilt. Zentangles make wonderful quilting designs. I can create an artwork on paper while doodling to practice my quilting designs. Then create a beautiful quilt full of Zentangles! It's win-win all around!!

    My email is tr1136@aol.com. Lynnk.

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  51. I tweeted about your contest. In fact, I did it twice, LOL, because the link did not come out right the first time.
    My email is Crystalwolfsings@yahoo.com

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  52. Oops, forgot the link to my tweet
    https://twitter.com/#!/

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  53. I just posted about your blog and the contest on my blog. You can check it out at
    http://sacredcatstudio.blogspot.com/
    My email is crystalwolfsings@yahoo.com

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  54. Six months ago, I had never heard of a Zentangle! I just retired from teaching visual art and another teacher introduced me to it. Amazing! A tiny piece of art with unlimited possibilities! And, art that everyone can have success with and share with others. I hooked my lawyer son and also my niece into going to a class with me. What a stress reliever, too. It is just the perfect choice for everyone!
    Susan: jwms@triad.rr.com

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  55. Zentangle is probably one of the best things for me. I have wanted to draw most of my life. But, I can't even draw stick figures realalisticy(sp).
    Then I stumbled onto Zentangle. I can do this and people tell me they are great. YEA!!! Something I can do, and there is no right or wrong unless you are doing certified tangles. I don't make the tile size very well yet but love to do big ones. I very much appreciate everyones tallent and look foward to MORE

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  56. Thank you for the wonderful celebratory vibe. Zentangles have changed my art journal life, lifted up my meditation life and soothes the nervous willies. My heart's desire is to become a CZT, and living in Illinois and currently an artist without a day job,I'm grateful that so much information is shared on the web site as well as in Cloth Paper Scissors, until I can attend teacher training. I teach my friends the simplest of tangles as we hang out and hope to form a small group to do Zentangles as part of our weekly meditation practice. And it is so easy to reach my friends who declare "I'm not creative", with a subtle smile and a pen, paper and pencil and show them just how creative they really are. My tangles are showing up in my hand bound books as a surprise for the soul who has purchase it as an added value gift. I have sent a few to friends who are working in "a cube farm" as wee bits of inspiration and desk art. This has raised my opportunity to give away sweet moments of The Divine's inspiration. Thanks again for letting me share the impact this has had in my art practice. It allows me to create a bit every day when I can't get in my dining room studio, calms as I search for viable work, and generally live a rich life. Continued blessings, will check in on your blog regularly as you inspire me to live in artness daily. Genevieve M. Wimp-McCann, email: gimcquaker@yahoo.com

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  57. I am so in love with Zentangle even though I'm just a recent convert. Like some of the other commentors, I can't draw but I can definitely doodle! Best part is that this is something that I can do with my young sons - they get such a kick out of inventing new tangles for me to try. Thanks for the inspiration here on your blog and for the chance to win! Shelleyr at telus.net

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  58. Zentangle gives me a little bit of peace in my harried and hurried life. It has given me something to share with my son, who loves to draw, and another way to encourage him that *he* is unique and special because he is the only one just like him. Zentangle has enabled me to reconnect both with myself and with my son. And it reminds me that everything is perfect, just how it is. No erasers, just changing perspective. Priceless. hparis03@yahoo.com

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  59. Hi there....I Tweeted (@luvscards) and I blogged....http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/2011/11/hi-there-if-you-love-to-zentangle.html
    and I commented yesterday!!

    Thanks for such a fab prize. i want more information about becoming a CZT...thanks!!
    wendyjo72@gmail.com

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  60. I've just been researching it as an addition/inspiration to my paper crafts. Your blog is intriguing and I'm going to follow. I'll link this to the crafters on my Facebook group... posting it to my blog would be a waste as it has 4 followers who don't really read it:)

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  61. Oops, forgot my addy. msceejay2000 at yahoo dot com

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  62. I found out about tangling when I googled "doodling" last spring. I use a drawing book and have filled it with tangles while sitting in waiting rooms,er's,late at night and carry it in my purse.I just found out that my sister has been tangling the past 10 months. It helped her through her husbands sickness and death.So calming.Thanks to all you CZT's.

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  63. Hello Diva, thank you for the wonderful website.... zentangle makes me feel
    an artist and has given me the confidence i needed to start painting and drawing again....
    marieodile@intnet.mu

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  64. Posted on my blog: http://danasjewelrydesign.blogspot.com/2011/11/tangling-with-zentangles.html

    Here is my e-mail which I forgot on my last comment: djames50@gmail.com

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  65. Hi Ms Diva! I just wanted to share with you how much your wonderful site and zentangling has meant to me. My husband took a job far away from our home of over 40 years and our family. Since we have moved here, we have been blessed with 3 new grandchildren, including a little grandson born with fetal hydrocephalus. I love these grandkids so much and miss them very much . I found zentangling 4 or 5 months ago. and it has become for me a real source of "comfort", being the best word I can think of to describe for me how it makes me feel. I'm no way an "artist", and it is such a wonderful surprise to me when I create a tile of zentangle art. It helps me to feel less sad being away from all my family. I have even been sharing zentangling with my daughter, who is the mom of our special little "Joey". We both love your site and your challenges. I wanted to say a deeply heartfelt Thank You for all your hard work you put into your site, please know that you and all the other CZT's bring us peace and comfort by teaching us how to zentangle. I personally wanted to express my gratitude to YOU Ms Diva, because I understand all the time it takes to care for a special child with all the appointments. Etc that they require. But Oh how wonderful those special little guys are! Looking forward to your next challenge ..! Happy holidays to all!
    Kathy "Grammy" Mcfadden

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  66. I love combining Zentangles with quilting to cretae new quilting designs. The sky is the limit as to what you can create!

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  67. I have only been doing Zentangle for about a month or so. My therapist recommended I do somethig creative to help me refocus my energies and relieve stress. I stumbled upon Zentangle while surfing around You Tube looking for some ideas. I gave it a try and love it, it is very relaxing and has helped me a great deal during this tulmultuous time in my life.

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. Wow awesome stuff! I have never Zentagle yet, only because I haven't heard Of it yet! But I so want too, pick me so I can have another outlet for my creativity please!



    Scarlettred41816@aol.com

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  69. I have found Zentangles to be a great stress reliever and the most wonderful outlet for those creative urges. I'm currently caring for a sister with cancer and my time tangling is an opportunity to "get away" for a few minutes. I was limited on what I could bring so paper and pens were the perfect answer to the question of how to be creative while away from home. I have done almost all the challenge since I found the Diva's website and for my own benefit, have done many of the challenges from before my discovery of this part of the Zentangle world.
    My email is: csbeadwits@hotmail.com

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  70. Zentangling changed my life. I thougt not to be creative! I read about zentangling and i found it so lovely, very nice. I thought lets try (not very much confidence that i could create something nice.....) And its magnificent!!! I make nice things, i inspired my mom, my ant and some frieds. My little cousin asked me some time agoo to tell something about zentangle at her school. The theme was ART!! Never thout of doing such thing! So really it changed my life and so relaxing doing it!!!!!!!
    Thanks .! Fennie Munneke (email adress: Fennie.munneke@hetnet.nl)

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  71. I tried to comment earlier, but I think the internet ate it.

    I found Zentangle on a paper beads blog that I was reading. After a bunch of books, the starter kit, and 2 classes, I was hooked.

    I didn't realize just how much I missed making art. Especially art that was done just for my enjoyment and not as an assignment. It also allows me to take a mental break from a tiring and mentally taxing job. Our breaks are really short so anything that allows me to enter a different headspace for a few minutes without requiring a lot of equipment is very welcome.

    My email is teesachu@gmail.com

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  72. After discovering Zentangles, and viewing so many wonderful tangles on blogs and Flickr, I just took my first Zentangle class! I love it. It puts me into a relaxed, creative place where I just lose time and place. Beautiful! Williamshj@aol.com

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  73. Tangling fills my life with art again.Something I had lost for so long. Recently relocated from NY to Florida I found it difficult to meet people.
    My First Zentangle class opend my heart to my first long lost love...ART.... and secondly to wonderful new friends.
    Now I can get lost for hours in my tangles. Within weeks I have filled hundreds of tiles, books and gone through three complete sets of pens! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH! I turn on the music and get lost! thank you so much for all you and all the CZT's,you are my unseen friends, teachers and co-addict tanglers.
    pam_parise@yahoo.com

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  74. Zentangles gave me a way to organize and integrate my existing doodle style.

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  75. Zentangle+ time=relaxation
    Every day I try to find a few minutes to tangle and it's always an oasis in an otherwise hectic day.
    aliikala@yahoo.com

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  76. juanitadenton@yahoo.comNovember 20, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    I have been teaching decorative painting for 30 years. The economy has affected it so much that I haven't been teaching for the last few years. I had to go out in the world and get a real job. I much prefer being at home and painting. I also work in watercolors. Because of the real work, my painting has not happened as much as I would like. So when I happened onto the Zentangle books I was hooked. I can take my little sketches to work and work on them during breaks and lunches. It feeds my creative needs for now.I really enjoy seeing what little drawings I can come up with.
    juanitadenton @yahoo.com

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  77. I've just recently discovered Zentangles and I love it. I don't know if I'm doing it right but I am enjoying what I do, just wish there was a teacher in my area. Thanks for the website! My address is pgpmc@catt.com

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  78. thanks for the giveaways. I'd love to win!

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  79. thanks for the giveaways. I'd love to win!

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  80. I'm a bit of a newbie here at iamdiva. I am so thankful for what you do! It pushes me to reach beyond what I think I'm capable of.
    As for Zentangle....I discovered Zentangle on a random search on Youtube. I do believe it has changed my life. I love doing the challenges. I also find myself having more confidence in my artistic talent and am pushing myself to new, bigger better things with every tangle that I do. It has gotten me though some very, very hard times over the last few years. Especially during the times after I learned some devestating news of something that had happened to my daughter. Tangle art has become such a huge part of my life.

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  81. http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1028131993 My blog post. Well, my Facebook post.

    @Sensitvesoul My twitter name

    unicornladyl@yahoo.com My email address :)
    Thanks again for what you do!

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  82. Can't say enough about how Zentangle has invaded my life. Last Year I saw it on a scrapbook show. Googled it....and here I am. I suffer from major depression,chronic pain and anxiety attacks. With my trusty book and pen in my purse, I am able to go out of my house, because I know I can just start tangling and cope with life.
    I don't have a blog and I don't tweet, but just about anyone who has come into contact with me knows about Zentangle.
    Can't say enough about it. I am truly grateful for Richard and Maria and all the Tanglers, (yes you Laura) out there who have shared their passion and tangles.
    If a chance to become certified comes to western Canada, I'm there!
    Coral
    chbalcom@yahoo.ca

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  83. What can i say, i am a very old starting zentangler. Starting with how it works, living and exersising zentangle in Holland.
    In Holland is just started zentangle and zendala on a dutch blog, by clubs, and of course there is de diva as "voorbeeld" so very interested en inspired! I found out again the joy of drawing!
    My starting wordpress website with zentangle etc. Mandala is long time in my life, drawing the zentangle is totely new as a very young person i was always drawing! I only have to learn how to do become a diva.

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  84. I just found Zentangles and am looking forward to using them to relax and help the creative juices flow...I love your website and plan to spend some time here looking around

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  85. I am a huge fan of Zentangle! I first discovered it as a way to cope during a very stressful time--my son, Tyler, who has severe disabilities needed to move out of our home and into a care facility. He is now doing well and we are all coping with the changes and transition.
    So, how to transfer this great stress-busting tool to my work? I am an elementary school counselor in a rural school. I host "Zentangle Club" every Friday after lunch in the school library. Students from 2nd - 5th grade love coming in and creating. I love how encouraging each is to one another, the kids also use this time to talk about coping strategies with their families (a lot of dads work out of town in the oil/gas fields)

    In December, all 250 students in my school will learn skills of zentangling as we do a school wide Character topic of Self-Confidence!

    Connie in Colorado (crobbins_brady@yahoo.com)

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  86. After I found Zentangle I was hooked because it allowed me to incorporate some time for creativity everyday, no matter how busy my day got. But it was at the beginning of this year that the healing power of Zentangle really hit home for me. At the end of January I found myself in the hospital when I experience a manic episode. Not only did Zentangle help me through my hospital stay and adjustment to new medications, it has played an instrumental part in coming to terms with my new diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

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  87. I grew up with 3 very artistic sisters and mother. I only doodled and it never "matured" into Real Art. So I thought until stumbling upon Zentangle. It not only satisfies my doodling tendancies, but also - TahDah - I am now an Artist! Many many thanks to Rich and Maria for enabling this beginner to settle into and love her own style. lpokras2002@yahoo.com

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  88. posted on my twitter. my twitter id is ultimateteapot :)

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  89. I zentangle to relax. I also zentangle in meetings and while I'm on teleconferences. Those zentangles are known as meeting notes. Sometimes, if they are amazing, I put them in a little frame and give them away. People love them. cathyscard@gmail.com

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  90. Here is an excerpt from my most recent blog post on how zentangle has changed my life and made it better!!

    There are so many things I am thankful for, but I want to take this time to share how thankful I am for zentangle and what it has personally done for me. I have been tangling for many years now and it has become a staple in my life. It has seen me through hard times and has brought me back from low places. It has changed my life and I am so thankful to have this wonderful tool in my life!! Zentangle is a great gift in my life. Thank you zentangle and Rick and Maria!!

    http://laralina-tangleware.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful.html

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  91. Zentange has really helped me get out of my own head and just create (I would put of anything creative because of my perfectionism) Zentangle taught me to just enjoy the process, something I have always admired in other artists.

    Thank you for your Challenges. I was even doing them when I had no internet...just need to scan and share soon ;)

    lmdstudio@live.com

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  92. I just can't get over how much I love drawing tangles. I started about 8 months ago, and would have thought the "love" would have died off by now - but Oh NO - it just keeps getting stronger. I've noticed too, that my lines are getting firmer and cleaner looking. My patterns are "straighter" when they need to be straight, and more graceful when they need to curve, and as an added bonus, my "normal" sketching has improved remarkably, at the same time, and without a lot of extra practice. So I am ecstatic about that as well. It's a win, win, win situation :)

    I would LOVE to win one of your prize packages. they are quite stunning in their variety and generousity. Thanks so much for arranging this give-away on our behalf.

    And..

    most especially, congratulations on your wonderful blog, and all the amazing art it inspires. You have single-handedly raised the awareness and frequency of tangling on the web to new heights. And we have all benefited immensely. I am so glad your counter has shown you just how much of a difference you have made. You deserve all the success that comes to you.
    thanks
    Ruby (ruby [at] opaltones [dot] com)

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  93. I've never tried zentangle. I believe its stress therapy & I need it badly.

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  94. Zentangle came to me when I needed it most..after the sudden death of my father in March. It felt like a way to escape my pain and process my thoughts in a healthier fashion, all the while creating lovely works of art. I became a CZT in Oct and now share the love.
    Thanks for your awesome blog!
    Merry
    drmy@sbcglobal.net

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  95. I just found your blog. What a fun new concept. I have never heard of zentangle before, and here you are certified in the technique! Would LOVE to try my hand at this form of creative outlet. Thanks for a chance at such a generous giveaway! Hope you and yours had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday! HUGS!

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com
    lillianchild at cox dot net

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  96. I,too, am using Zentangles to work through my grief after losing my husband. It's a joy to concentrate on tangling and forget everything else. I also have found that I can use tangles in my quilting. What a wonderful hobby this is becoming. Mary Frances
    maryfwood@verizon.net

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  97. I haven't yet tried the official Zentangle but I have found that doodling helps to free my mind when I find myself stuck.

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  98. Zentangles help me with re leaving stress and help me manage my Fibromyalgia. I can sit for short time spans and do parts of a Zentangle, its good as I can leave it and then go back to it as and when I am feeling better. I take my Zentangles to work with me and during my breaks I enjoy the time to create my Zentangles.
    My email address is hornet600s@googlemail.com

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  99. I already let you know what zentangle means for me. It also gives me much energie when I make others see what zentangling is and when they say that they want to try it too. So is my daughter Marjolein 11 years, recently also getting zentangling!!! She enjoying it also. So now we both are addicted!!!
    Fennie.munneke@hetnet.nl

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  102. Zentangle has allowed the artist buried deep within me to finally emerge and flourish and as a CZT I get to offer that same chance to others. What could be better than that?
    email - tinkeredart at gmail dot com

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  103. I have several friends who have 'tangled for years. I became hooked after I was in a horrible accident, with lasting injuries. It's great for waiting areas, as supplies needed are minimal and very portable. I love adding color to the designs, and 'tangling letters. Great stress buster, too!
    Linda...Faith

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  104. I realized after I hit "post comment" that I forgot to include my email address...'Tangling is so therapeutic...it's helped greatly with coping with the physical issues of a spinal cord injury. I am always in doctors' offices...it's great for waiting rooms....
    Linda...Faith lindacook412@gmail.com

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  105. I am an artist but I have been afraid to do any art work and I know the simplicity of Zentangle has allowed me to give myself permission to create my art. I have an idea; to make tangles of peace symbols from different countries. I got the idea from a holiday theme at our church; today they put on the walls a banner with the countrys' word for 'Peace' on it. Congradulations on 200,000! Bless you...ekahna@yahoo.com

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  106. I've often joked that my hobby is collecting art supplies. I've always been interested in many forms of art, but many times felt that I was copying art and not creating it. Discovering Zentangle has unlocked my creativity. I love my little works of art!
    The Zen of Zentangle has also helped me get through one of the most difficult times in my life. My brother passed away in February after a year of fighting lung cancer, and I had to move my 88 year old Mom from North Dakota to Florida to be near me. In addition, my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer and we went through the stress of his surgery and recovery. Zentangle has been a wonderful form of meditation. When I'm tangling, nothing else enters my mind.
    I am so grateful to Rick and Maria for sharing this unique method of creating--one stroke at a time.
    Laura, I don't know how you do all that you do and still find time to inspire us weekly with your challenges. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to every week and congratulations on the success of your blog.
    You've earned it!
    rainsfl@netzero.com

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  107. I came across Zentangle quite by accident buried in a quilting e-newsletter. It was the name that got me wondering what the heck it was. I immediately researched and found a CZT to get started. I haven't stopped since I picked up that Micron pen! I find it relaxes and balances me, kinda like Calgon bath bubbles on paper. Most recently I tangled my way through a dog crisis while waiting at the vet. Puppy is fine, time spent worrying passed. Thank you for your blog and weekly challenges, they keep me focused on something I love.

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  108. Zentangle has helped me keep my artistic skills up while calming and centering my mind while I'm caring for a newborn. It's surprisingly easy to Zentangle while nursing.

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  109. I just tweeted about your giveaway, @lilithine

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  110. There is something very special about coming here and being able to escape from the home work and assignments from school. The info is provided in a clear and concise way. thanks for all the hard work you do for all of us

    My blog is
    http://bouwerphotography.blogspot.com/

    thanks.

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  111. http://bouwerphotography.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-am-diva-certified-zentangle-teacher.html

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  112. Congratulations to the Diva!! It must feel amazing to touch so many people in such a creative way. I don't remember now how I discovered Zentangle, but it was truly a happy accident! I tentatively began trying it out, and was soon addicted, as so many others have found as well. I usually have my pad and pens with me in a zippered bag, so I can tangle at any opportunity. It's easy, portable and inexpensive, yet so very versatile! I've tangled my boyfriend's motorcycle helmet, and worked some into a mixed-media piece I recently created for a friend. It's one of my fondest wishes to attend Rick & Maria's workshop and become a CZT. Since I recently started working a third part-time job, my tangling time has been nearly obliterated, but I'm always sneaking a peek at your Diva-licious website and the wonderful submissions! All the best, Diva, and here's to 200,000 more. :D

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  113. Hi! I've been housebound and in constant pain for over 5 years, and when I found Zentangle, I was totally hooked. It provides me with a bit of escape... from the pain, from being alone, from the same old, same old. I become engrossed with the lines - and the curves. Thank you!

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  114. WOW! Those are some truly amazing prize packs! I was excited just being allowed to look at the pictures! :) THANKS!

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  115. I discovered Zentangle about a year ago when I received a book of patterns as a holiday present. Since, I've found that they are an excellent way to relieve stress. I am a perfectionist by nature, and tangling helps me let go of that, even if only for half an hour or so :)

    es0794@gmail.com

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  116. Hi!
    I am pleased to put this down as i am otherwise a very private person.Zentangling has actually made me closer to my family as doodling has relaxed and calmed my mind like no other medicine/yoga/music has ever done.Post zentangling the serenity is so absolute ,its such a calmer, iam much more relaxed,cook better,have become a good listener,avid nature lover,simply put together i have begun to appreciate good things in life in and around me much much better.Thanks Zentangle.Thanks & God Bless Laura!!
    Radha
    email-radhan0877@gmail.com.

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  117. I just found out about Zentangle about two months ago. I recently became disabled and need something calming to do that doesn't involve much physical activity. I also have anxiety issues, so this is much better than an anxiety pill. My husband and I have had a really tough year, including his diagnosis of kidney cancer. We don't live near a CZT, so I have been learning what I can from the Internet and books. I am totally addicted! The first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, I want to draw. I am so happy to have this new diversion. We just moved into a rental home after losing our home and my husband found a bunch of my mechanical pencils and I found some drawing paper in my craft supplies, so I can draw for a long time. My grandchildren like to watch what I am doing, so I want to teach them how to tangle, too. My e-mail is klspeer1@gmail.com

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  118. Well, I have always been an artist-wannabe but life was always pushing me back to reality. When my daughter told me about Zentangles I gave it a try. I felt like my soul had been let loose! I almost cried with all the emotion that was pouring forth from my soul. And the fact that it looked good when I was done! Not like I needed to go take further instructions! Zentangles have opened the door to my soul! I am back on track!!! and feeling grand! I have found my soul-food!

    Barbara
    newmoon11@gmail.com

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tangle me some zen, baby!!