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So what else is new?  You’re probably thinking, “she’s late again…hasn’t posted in a while.”  You are absolutely correct!  The holidays have a way of getting me off track.  Thanksgiving was spent with the family (those who could make it).  My family is strewn across the country, so it’s not always easy for everyone to get together.  My boys, who I miss terribly, live on the East Coast — next year it’s time to visit momma!  Aren’t they handsome??





Then, of course, the Christmas frenzy begins.  Up goes the tree and decorations, baking, shopping for gifts, and the like.  Throw into the mix classes, tangling, and doing the household chores and the time just flies….

Here’s pictures from all the things that have been going on since the last post.

Mission Market Craft Show

Mission Market Craft Show

Tangle & Talk Party at April's

Tangle & Talk Party at April’s

My Lovely LadiesMy Lovely Ladies

Making Pizelles

Making Pizelles

Framing Class

Framing Class

Beginner Class

Beginner Class

The winter solstice has just passed and you know what that means?  That spring is just around the corner.  I am not one for enjoying the disappearance of daylight savings time.  I like it when it stays light out until 9 pm.  For some reason, that makes me feel like I have more hours in the day.  Anyway, now that the shortest day of the year has come and gone, a minute of light gets added on to each day.  That’s my internal signal telling me that spring is a’coming!  

But, until then, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, with many blessings for the New Year.

Many Happy Tangles for 2014 – Bonnie 

Power Habits for Zentangle


This post is thanks to my fellow CZT, Cris Strovilas Letourneau.  You can view her at

POWER HABITS for Zentangle.
I saw this article about painting and thought it was perfect for Zentangle.

1. Take responsibility. Nobody else can tangle for you.

2. What do you really want? While tangling focus on WHAT you want or the ENERGY of the DESIRE or the feelings you want to feel.

3. Empower your questions. For example, ask yourself, “What can I add to make this more FUN or BALANCED or DELIGHTFUL?” Never ask yourself, “Why can’t I tangle like (insert favorite tangler here)?

4. Don’t blame others. No one else made that mark that you don’t like.

5. Don’t blame yourself! You are learning. Every “mistake” is simply the opportunity to go off in an unexpected direction. This simply expands your creativity.

6. Give yourself permission to succeed. I can teach anyone to tangle. If “they” can, then so can you! Find a CZT and ask for a class.

7. Challenge your assumptions. Just because UP UNTIL NOW you have told yourself that you “can’t even draw a straight line” doesn’t mean that is the truth.

8. Stop your stinking thinking. If your inner critic starts saying, “See, I knew I couldn’t do this…,” tell her to shut it. You can’t judge a work in progress. Zentangle is about joy. Negative thinking robs us of joy.

9. Keep a daily action journal. Tangle for 15 minutes every day in a journal. Make notes alongside of things you did today, especially those that were creative. Every time you make your mark, you are empowering your creative heART.

10. Keep a daily gratitude journal. Either add this to your action journal or create a new one especially on things you are thankful for. Remember that the final step of the Zentangle process is gratitude. Increased gratitude = increased happiness.

Thank you Noah St. John for this empowering article at OM Times and to Whitney at


Happy Tangling, Bonnie

Quick Update…


There’s been a change in schedule on upcoming workshops and I just wanted to make you aware. Because of the weather concern tonight, the “Framing on the Cheap” workshop has been postponed to Saturday, November 30, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.  I only have room for 2 more students, so if you are interested, please register.

This change also impacts the “Introduction to the Art of Zentangle” workshop which I usually hold on the last Saturday of the month.  I will not be having this beginner workshop on Saturday, November 30, but will instead offer it on Saturday, December 7, and Saturday, December 28.

If you have a chance to visit, I’ll be at the “Calvary Arts & Crafts Mission Market” this Saturday, November 23 (Calvary United Methodist Church, 2525 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm). Come visit and join in the festivities.  Gift certificates make great Christmas gifts to present to friends and family for workshops or products.

I’d also like to take this moment to thank each of my “Tangling Babies” for allowing me the blessing of sharing Zentangle with you.  I am so very grateful for each and every one of you, and hope all of you have a special Thanksgiving time with family and friends this year!

Happy Tangling!  Bon



Just a quick update… I’ve scheduled “Framing on the Cheap” for this Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Emerald City Tangles Studio.  So if you missed the last one and want to learn to frame your Zentangles easily for under $15 using ready-made frames that look like they were done professionally, join us.  This is just in time for Christmas gift-giving.  I only have room for 4 students, so you’ll need to register now if you’re interested.

Happy Tangling!  B.

Another Whirlwind Week…


IMG_0909Although I did have a beginner Zentangle workshop this week (again in Andover – see the class mosaic to the left), I deviated just a wee bit.  Twice a month I will be doing a painting class at The Regent with my lovely ladies and I just had to show you what Virginia did.  She is just the neatest lady!  She shared a little of her life with me and I was so fascinated.  She was raised in Kansas on a farm by parents who were both deaf.  When I asked how they had met, she said they met at a school for the deaf in Olathe.  She communicated with them through sign language, and when she was ready for school they sent her to stay with an aunt so she could learn proper English.  She’s in her 90’s, so you know that took place a long, long time ago.  I find people’s stories to be so interesting!IMG_0902

I have a couple of workshops coming up – a Paperweight Workshop this coming Saturday (plus you’ll learn a new tangle that just came out), our monthly Tangle & Talk on November 30, and then in December I’ll be doing a Black & White & Glitter Workshop.  Hope you’ll join us!  Check the “Workshops” tab for more information.

I’ll also be participating in a couple of shows this month, so if you are looking to do some Christmas Shopping or you just like shows, stop by…

Thursday, November 14, 6-9 pm, The TheraPlay Spot, 914 S. Hillside, and Saturday, November 23, 9-4 pm, Calvary Arts & Crafts Mission Market, 2525 N. Rock Road.

Happy Tangling,




I have a friend who blogs just about every day and I’m looking at my site and it’s been two months!  I’m thinking I must be the slowest blogger on the planet.  So she says to me, “you need to blog more, just put in a tip or two if you can’t think of anything.”  Well, it’s not that I can’t think of anything, I have plenty going on in my life, it’s just that I can’t seem to find the time with everything else that I do.  You’d think with me being unemployed now for four months that I’d have plenty of time, but alas, I’m busier than ever.  In fact, I don’t know how I ever had time for a J.O.B.!  I am sure that some of you can empathize with me on that score.  It seems that many people I talk to who are “retired”, whether of their own accord or through circumstances like mine, are busier than a hen on a hot tin roof.  This is as close of a picture of a hen on a hot tin roof as I could find (actually, Foghorn Leghorn is a rooster and he’s laying in the sun on the ground, not on the roof, but beggars can’t be choosers, as the saying goes).  If you don’t know who Foghorn Leghorn is, check out this Foghorn Leghorn link to watch these great classic Warner Bros. cartoons.

FoghornSo, here’s my small, very small tip for the day.  When my micron pen begins skipping, as if the ink is running out, I don’t like using it to create my Zentangles.  So what I do is, I wrap a small piece of masking tape around it so that I can use it for fill in.  There’s still plenty of ink left in it for fill in so I don’t like throwing them away, and the tape keeps me from picking it up and thinking it’s a good pen to start tangling with.  Hope that’s of help.

With that being said, I’m way behind on reporting what I’ve been doing, so my goal is to put up a couple of posts a week to try to catch up.  As Chief Cook and Bottle Washer my time seems limited, but I do enjoy writing and sharing, so let’s see if I can keep this up.

Thanks to my friend, Gail Foley, for giving me the push!

Happy Tangling!  Bonnie 🙂

Workshops Posted



You asked for it, you got it!  The Tangled Ink and Watercolor Workshop will be offered again in September, along with my advanced workshop – Zentangle Too!

Beginner workshops are offered every last Saturday of each month unless noted.

Register by clicking the link.

Come on out to enjoy the fun and learn some new tangles and techniques!

Happy Tangling!  Bonnie

Tangled Ink - still needs tangling!

Tangled Ink – still needs tangling!

The Lovely Ladies of The Regent



I had the opportunity recently to share Zentangle with the Lovely Ladies at The Regent. where vibrant retirement living is the tagline.  The Regent is located at 2050 N. Webb Road in Wichita, Kansas, and is a beautiful facility.  Although the class was small, we had a great time and produced Zentabulous Zentangles!  I’ve attached a pictures at the left for you to see.  Can you pick out which one was completed by the instructor (me)?  It’s hard to tell, isn’t it?  The Lovely Ladies are all so talented!

Lovely Ladies of The Regent

Lovely Ladies of The Regent

Thanks to “TJ” Shikata, Lifestyles Coordinator, for allowing me to share.  She’s the one on the far right with the long, blonde hair.  The ladies were kind enough to pose in a group picture shown here.

BTW: The first one who guesses correctly (please guess through posting on the attached form) will receive  one of the Zentangle green Lokta paper  envelopes that are the envy of all.

Congrats Tammy!


Somehow this never posted…Just wanted ya’ll to know that Tammy won!

Tammy from Burien, WA, has guessed the tangle shown in the picture and is now the proud recipient of the green Zentangle lokta envelope!  Keep checking this site for the next give away!

until then…Happy Tanglin’

To Work or Not To Work…addendum


Do you know the tangle that my last post’s picture represents??  I’ll be editing this post as guesses come in.  There’s a green Lokta Zentangle envelope for the first person who gets it right.

Virginia said, “Web”.  That’s not it…keep trying everyone.

Here are some other guesses – hekzee, paradox, flutter pie, afterglow…no correct one yet

Bon 🙂