New Class Announcement and A Possible Change

Hello again! I hope your weather is as gorgeous as ours has been! I’ve taken a few photos that I’ll share with you shortly, but first, I’d like to ask you a question and I really hope you will leave your responses in the comments below. 

Would you prefer this blog stay as it is, with only news of new classes and tangles? Or would you like it if it’s a bit more personal, with other photos (like those below) or comments about my experiences or about my family, etc? I would still talk primarily about Zentangle but there would be more elaborate and more of my life in it. It’s up to you, my dear reader! Let your voice be heard!

Please check the Events page at the top or side of this page. It tells about the next class offered, Holiday Gems. They are also referred to as ZenGems. You’ll learn how or draw two different kinds of gems as well as learning a new tangle or more. Call (276)596-0602 right away if interested as class is filling fast!

The class is held at a dear little church in North Tazewell, VA in the fellowship hall. It has plenty of room, feels good in the room, and is easy to find (There’s a house between the church and the North Tazewell Post Office.) We’ll be having lots of classes there in the near future as well as the Blue Mountain Mercantile in Downtown Bluefield, WV.

Speaking of a class in the church, we had one just this past Saturday and it was a lot of fun! Here are some photos from the class …

These are the tiles drawn by each artist, each one unique – One of a Kind!
The New Artists! L-R Wanda Partyka, Anita O. McGraw, Deb Linkous, Lynne Bartlett, Loren Morris and Renae Matney

Please don’t forget to leave a comment below,  responding to my question about this blog: Would you like it to have more about my life i.e. photos and news, or strictly Zentangle with no personal info?

Now some local color…

Keep Tangling to keep your mind and heart UNtangled!


Two New Tangles by Kat

I’ve been creating new tangles and have decided that it’s time to share with the Zentangle world at large two today. Both are simple to learn, and both can be used as borders.

The first is called Beanz  because the first strokes look like a coffee bean. Here is an example of Beans as a border tangle. Please note that I’m posting two photos for each because some see these upside down. This way,  I hope everyone can see one right side up!

Beanz(click to enlarge):



.Here is another tangle of mine, called Aro, which is pronounced like “arrow.” It can be a border tangle or can be stacked upon itself. I saw a pattern like this on a bracelet

The golden one above the Step-out was drawn by Inge Frasch, CZT. I hope you’ll enjoy drawing these tangles!  I’d love to see what you do with them! Send them to me at when you have something done!


Happy Tangling!

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An Intimate Garden Gathering

On Saturday, I taught a Secret Garden of Zentangle© Class of four, and it was fun and intimate. We met at Beth Christopher’s lovely shop Blue Mountain Mercantile in Bluefield, WV.

I’ve had to put two versions of some photos because they show up upside down on different devices! Weird, I know. Sigh.

The Secret Garden of Zentangle: Botanicals I These are the wonderful gardens the students Teresa, Natalie, Lisa and Cherie drew!
The Secret Garden of Zentangle: Botanicals I
These are the wonderful gardens the students Teresa, Natalie, Lisa and Cherie drew!


Speaking of the Blue Mountain Mercantile, I really hope you will go and visit Beth the next time you are in Bluefield. She has only been at this location a few months and I really hope she is a success. She has crafts, soaps, jewelry, and other works by local artists, including MINE! We must support our local artists if we want them to keep making their art. Visit her website, which is an evolving work in progress

Blue Mountain Mercantile

In fact, I’m teaching a FUNdamentals Basic Zentangle 101 for beginners at the Mercantile on October 8th. See our Events Page under “Menu” above for details. Invite those who would appreciate the benefits of Zentangle!

Lately, I’ve been very involved in the Travelling Tiles Project on Facebook. One person starts a tile and swaps tiles with another. Then, the two recipients finish the tile however they wish, then post a photo of the results, with a “before” photo as well. If you want to be involved OR just watch the fun and see beautiful works of art, look up the group and join! I have three students who have joined and would love to know if you do!

Here are some tiles I’ve finished:

This one was started by Stephanie Jennifer of Singapore. She put the background color on and drew the "waves". I added the rest
This one was started by Stephanie Jennifer of Singapore. She put the background color on and drew the “waves”. I added the rest

This was started by Anne Marks of Australia. She drew the outlines (the “string”) and the top section and 4th down. I added the rest plus the color between sections and on my own sections.
More soon! Please do comment below. Let me know someone is reading!

Keep your heart untangled, My name


RAZ: Random Acts of Zentangle

Have you ever heard of random acts of kindness–where you pay for someone’s toll in the car behind you, pay for purchases for the person behind you in line at a store, giving a coat to a cold homeless person, add money to someone’s parking meter before it runs out…. It is an act of kindness for which you expect NO repayment.

It’s a lot of fun to do, and to receive! 

Now, what could random acts of Zentangle be? Well, do you see the photo of the Zentangle tile above? Yesterday, while at a doctor/specialist’s office, I drew that tile while waiting to be called back. When the nurse was done taking my vitals I handed the tile to her. She was shocked when I said it was hers, and thrilled! I made her day.

I challenge you to commit a random act of Zentangle: leave a tile on a bench at the mall, give one to your kids’ bus driver, hand one to the cashier at your next store visit, leave one on the counter at the doctors office or pharmacy, etc. you get the idea.

Before you leave the tile, make sure you sign it (all artists sign their work!) and date it on the back, as well as an email address or phone number. They may want to thank you or return what was “lost.” Then you have an opening to share the stress reliever that you’ve discovered….. Ah see there? A random act of kindness after all!

Before I close, make a note of these upcoming classes:
The Secret Garden of Zentangle: Botanicals #1

September 17, 1;00-4:00pm
Blue Mountain Mercantile 

Bluefield, WV
October 15, 1:00-4:00pm

Wytheville Museum

Wytheville, VA
Happy Tangling, 


Your CZT

Hearts Untangled Studios Hearts 

PO Box 464

Tazewell, VA 24651 USA 

Creativity and An Old UpRight Piano

Zentangle Inspired Art can take unlimited forms… Boots, clothing, seashells, stones, guitars, cell phones, boxes, aprons, envelopes, picture frames, cars… Anything with a surface!

I’d like to share a video that a fellow Certified Zentangle Teacher posted on her blog about an old upright piano that she and her husband rescued and restored. She wrote about it on her blog and near the end, she posted a video to watch. I suggest that you read and watch both. The video is very good and she talks a lot about Zentangle and how it changed her life.


Keep your heart untangled,

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