Zentangle Method Classes by Lisa Goldman

The ZM is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns called “tangles.” Anyone who can write the word “ICSO” (the pen strokes that all tangles are comprised of) can create Zentangle art. The ZM’s simple 8-step structure creates the framework which allows for creativity. Some have referred to the ZM as “yoga with a pen” because there’s a ceremony and practice, but it’s also a mental vacation. It’s different than aimless doodling; people use the ZM to create beautiful images and increase their sense of well-being.

I first tried the Zentangle Method (ZM) in 2014, when a friend gifted me an introductory class while I was going through chemotherapy. The ZM helped me relax and refocus and, as an added bonus, produce satisfying art. In fact, I grew to enjoy the ZM so much, I decided to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher, aka “CZT,” so I could offer classes to others. It is so fun to share the gift of the Zentangle Method with others and see their joy, relaxation, and satisfaction in producing beautiful tiles of their own!


I offer three different classes via Zoom. All classes require the four basic supplies discussed below (paper tiles, micron pen, pencil, and blender), and make sure to order your supplies so that they arrive before the class.

(1) Intro to the Zentangle Method (quarterly) — This is a 2 hour class that I’ll offer once a quarter from 10am-12pm Pacific. The 2021 dates are: January 9, April 17, July 17, and October 9. Cost $35.* Anyone who has already taken the intro course is welcome to take it again as a “refresher” for free. *NOTE: An additional Intro class has been scheduled for November 27th as a FUNdraiser for lung cancer research – sign up here.

In the intro course, you produce two tiles looking something like this:









(2) Zentangle Level 2 Classes (monthly) — This is a 90 min class where we will complete one tile, playing with new strings and tangles (different from those in the Intro Class). I will offer the Level 2 classes on the 4th Saturday of every month (with some exceptions) from 10:30am-12pm Pacific. The dates for 2021 are: January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 21, September 25, October 23, and December 4. Cost $25.* Everyone is welcome, but I recommend that you have taken my Intro Class or have otherwise been exposed to the basics of the ZM.

*NOTE: The December 4th class is a FUNdraiser for lung cancer research. It is a special “maptangling” class where we will incorporate watercolors. This class will go for 2 hours from 10am-12pm Pacific. Please sign up here.


Examples of maptangling


(3) Custom & private classes are available for individuals, small groups, parties, fundraisers or corporate events. Contact me to discuss at goldmanlisa[at]gmail.com.




Please sign up at least 48 hours in advance by messaging me at goldmanlisa[at]gmail.com. Once you’ve signed up, I will send you a Zoom link to attend the class. Payment can be made via PayPal (using my email address) or Venmo (@Lisa-Goldman-26). I may cancel any class if less than 3 people sign up.

* I would hate for cost to be a barrier to your enjoyment of the Zentangle Method. Thus, all classes are free for students, cancer patients in active treatment, those who are unemployed or underemployed, or anyone else who cannot participate because of cost. Please message me to sign-up for the class so I can track attendance & get you the Zoom link, and then just skip the payment portion (this will be on the honor system, no questions asked).


I hope to send out a newsletter every 1-2 months with reminders of class offerings, schedule updates, and a description of my class plans. If you would like to join this newsletter, please drop me a message at goldmanlisa[at]gmail.com.


For most classes, you will need only 4 things: paper, pen, pencil, & a blender. I’ve put together a list of links below. To keep things simple, I’ve included only Amazon links, but most of these items can also be purchased at any store that stocks art supplies.

PAPER (aka “tiles”) —
(note these official Zentangle tiles can only be purchased from Zentangle either on Amazon or the Zentangle.com website. However, other places sell somewhat similar “artist tiles,” or you can buy a pad of hot press watercolor paper and cut it up into 3.5″ or 4″ square tiles yourself.)
(1) The Micron “01” is the classic pen for the Zentangle Method:
(2) The Micron “PN” uses the same ink, but it has a plastic nib. It creates a slightly thicker line, but it’s also a more durable tip, so it’s recommended for kids or people who press really hard and may bend the tip of the “01.”
Pencils are used for shading. A standard #2 pencil is kind of soft and light, so it doesn’t work the best for achieving good shadows, but it will suffice in a pinch. The pencil included in the official Zentangle kits is made by Generals and is good and widely available. However, my favorite pencil to use is:
TORTILLIONS (aka “Blenders”) —
There are various packs of tortillion blenders. I honestly can’t distinguish between them much. Here’s one economical pack:
(1) If you don’t want to bother buying items individually, this kit has everything you need to get started. The only thing that’s annoying is that it has extra pens that aren’t commonly used in the Zentangle Method, and it only has 5 paper tiles.
(2) This is a more robust starter kit, which includes fewer superfluous pens and has more (21) tiles, plus a nice “primer” book:
Colored Pencils: You don’t need colored pencils for the Intro Class, but many people (myself included!) eventually like to incorporate color into their tangles. Two sets of colored pencils I use often: Faber Castell Polychromos and Faber Castell Albrecht¬† Watercolor Pencils. Some white gel pens are also useful when working with color.
Waterbased Markers: There are a lot of brands and color packs out there. I use Tombow dual-tip ones like these the most.
Watercolors: For traditional watercolors, I have a mid-range set from Sakura. I like that it’s very compact and comes with a handy water brush and mixing surface. These watercolor sheets are also super vivid and even more compact.
Books: Books aren’t required to learn or practice the Zentangle Method. A quick search will reveal countless books about the Zentangle Method. Three of the most popular are:
Websites & Apps:
(1) Zentangle.com – this is the founders’ website and has lots of great stuff.
(2) Mosaic app – This is the official Zentangle app. There’s a free version and a paid version. People post their tiles here all the time, so it’s a great place for inspiration. There are also lots of instructionals and “tips and tricks.”
(3) Art Raffle app – This is a free app created by Eni Oken, CZT. I highly recommend this app. Eni has shared “step out” instructions for 100s of different tangles. I can’t believe this is free. Super cool!
(4) https://tanglepatterns.com/ – A website with 100s of tangle patterns.
(5) You can easily find many CZTs and others who regularly post their work and offer classes on YouTube, Instagram and elsewhere


Note: the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links