Getting back to it

It’s time to pick up my plow and work… it’s been 6 months since our daughter (my stepdaughter) died and things seemed to come nearly to a screeching halt with my Zentangle practice on November 14. Now I’m ready to take up my Micron pen and draw daily once again -and post.

I don’t want you to think I didn’t tangle during these past 6 months– that’s not true. I’ve used it to help with insomnia and anxiety but found myself struggling with those things again and I hadn’t for a full two years! So it was a wake-up call when they reared their ugly heads in my life again. I was shocked by their presence until I realized I had let several days go by at a time without tangling. Once I started to rectify that, the anxiety and insomnia packed their bags and left. This only reiterated how much Zentangle works and how much I need it…and how much I want to help others learn it.

So… here are some of my tiles I’ve done…


I’m so ready to teach! My question is this: Another beginner class or an Intermediate class with more tangles and  techniques? A Renaissance (tan tiles) or Black Tile class? A “14 Shades of Gray” class? I could go on and on! Suggestions welcome in the comment section…please?  

 I’m going to be publishing more than Zentangle here, such as other art posts, photography, and writings. Another passion I have are fountain pens and I may talk about those, too. I’ve had fun integrating my passions by drawing tiles with my different pens and inks. Explore!
Keep Tangling… I know I will!

Kat van Rooyen

6 thoughts on “Getting back to it”

  1. So happy for you Kat. Healing is a long and winding process. Glad to see you here again 🙂 I think your students will have plenty of ideas. Chat with you soon, God Bless 🙂

  2. Glad you are back at it Kat. I have found my art to help with depression and other anxiety issues as well and recommend it to others I know as a great healing tool. Whether you paint out your frustrations or choose to paint something unrelated, art (of any kind) can sooth the soul!

    1. You are so right, Val. For me, the depression kept me from doing anything. But every time I did create, it helped. I took a college Watercolor class this semester and despite if being very challenging, I stuck with it and it helped me climb from that pit.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *