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String Thing!

Exploring Step 4 of the Zentangle® Method

Why practice the Zentangle Method?

Today’s accelerating technology can be overwhelming! Sometimes you just need to slow down, unplug, and relax. This is where The Zentangle Method comes in. Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, the founders of Zentangle, define it as “…an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.”

You Can Do This!

If you can draw a dot, a line, an S, a C, and a circle (icso) you have all the skills you need to practice the Zentangle Method. It is that simple! Zentangle was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is enjoyed all over the world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

The focus is on the process, not the outcome. The Zentangle Method is a practice (think Yoga or meditation), and it is a tool to increase mindfulness, improve focus and creativity, relieve stress, inspire problem solving and new ideas, and so much more. I've found with my practice and my teaching that developing a practice of drawing with the Zentangle Method can bring one whatever one wants or needs. Are you looking for mindfulness? Stress relief? More patience? More creativity? The list is endless.

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A Journey

Zentangle is a practice that is truly about the journey more than the destination. Your journey is one of focus and creativity. Your destination is both an increased sense of well-being and a beautiful image created from structured patterns. The Zentangle Method can also be:

  • A path to discovering or rediscovering artistic talents (we all have them).
  • A deliberative practice – time to just “be” - with yourself and your Zentangle practice.
  • A secret weapon to calm yourself quickly when needed
  • A technique to enhance your other works (jewelry, pottery, painting, drawing).

The Foundations of a Zentangle Practice

Learn foundational skills with It’s a String Thing! This class is part of a series of Zentangle beginner classes. In this class you will learn more about step 4 of the Zentangle Method, the String.

This series of classes will prepare you for more complex classes in the Beyond the Basics series of classes where you will continue to master your foundational skills as well as Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) classes and workshops. It is also a wonderful refresher that can bring you back to the basics in order to move your practice forward.


  • Brief overview of the Zentangle Method
  • Orientation to the simple tools used
  • Step 4, the String


  • The function of the string in the Zentangle Method
  • How to draw a string
  • How to use a string
  • Types of strings
  • Learn or review 4 tangles


  • 2 hours of online instruction via Zoom*
  • Small class size (maximum of 10 students) for a more personalized experience.
  • A pdf file to download with notes from class, pattern step outs, and links to videos where you can watch me drawing the tangles.

* Zoom provides a video conferencing platform that you will need for class. It's free and easy to use! You can find more information at

Note: No materials are provided. You can purchase Beginner kits while supplies last. Price is $15 and includes US S&H. Please allow as much time as possible for shipping, preferably a min of 10 days before class!


  • 2 Original white 3-1/2" square Zentangle tiles (or paper cut to 3-1/2 " square, or a larger piece of paper or a journal with a 3.5" square drawn on it.)
  • 1 Sakura Micron 01 Black pen ( or any black pen - permanent ink - not water soluble ink is preferred.)
  • 1 Zentangle pencil (truly any pencil will do!)
  • 1 tortillion (or blending stump or even a cotton swab!)

I'm an advocate of using what you have! No special materials are required for this class other than paper, a pen, a pencil, and a tortillion. You can even get by without a tortillion for blending the graphite!) For paper you can use what you have, just keep the size small (3.5" to 4" square) OR just draw a square about that size on a larger piece of paper. Any pen will do, although I prefer to begin with black, and any pencil will do.


The cost for this class is $30 per person. You will receive an invoice from me via email which will provide a link where you can pay.

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You can purchase a Beginner Zentangle kit from me for $15 including US S&H or a Beginner Series class kit for $30 including US S&H which contains all the above PLUS 20 extra tiles, a black Micron PN pen, and extra tortillions for blending. These kits are available while supplies last. Just let me know when you signup for class!

You can also purchase supplies directly from

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About Your Teacher

Brenda Campbell is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), trained by Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas, the founders of Zentangle, in Providence, Rhode Island USA.

Brenda owns Angel Whispers Art and teaches The Zentangle Method online via Zoom* and occasionally in her home studio located in Hereford AZ. In addition to teaching Zentangle, classes include a variety of art mediums to include painting and paper crafting.

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More Zentangle Method Beginner Series Classes


The classes below, along with the Shades of Gray class are what I consider my Beginner Series. Although I recommend taking Introduction to the Zentangle Method first, there is no right or wrong way to approach your Zentangle journey. Take the classes in any order that you like! These classes give you a strong foundation making it easy to develop a Zentangle practice.

Introduction to the Zentangle Method

This is your first step on your Zentangle journey. In this class you'll learn about the magic of this meditative art form. If you can write your name you can do this!

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Shades of Gray

Shading is Step 6 of the Zentangle Method. BUT this shading is very different from what you might think. It's all about contrast and drama. It's what brings the tangles to life!

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What are Tanglehancers? In this class you will learn how to enhance your tangles. You'll learn about sparkles, perfs, and more! Make them fancy or make them your own!

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No Mistakes

What does it mean when we say "No Mistakes"? In this class you'll learn this magical concept of Zentangle, and life! And I'll show you how to deal with lines you don't like in your work too!

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