My Story


I am Brenda Shaver Shahin and live in southern Ontario, Canada with my husband. We are very fortunate to live close to our family and our two adorable grandchildren, Cecilia and Spencer.

Arts and crafts have always been a major part of my life. Having been blessed growing up on a dairy farm in rural Ontario with parents  who made everything by hand, creativity and using my imagination was a constant everyday fact. From designing and sewing doll clothes at the age of 5 to painting and making home décor crafts for my little playhouse, my life path was set.  4-H was a major influence with its motto “Learn to do by Doing” and its foundation of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. I graduated from college where I further indulged my creativity in Interior Design and textiles. I started a small business designing, producing and marketing items at national shows as well as teaching Continuing Education Arts and Craft classes at local colleges. A second career as manager of a craft company furthered my career path and my love of travelling to exotic places.

I found Zentangle® in January 2012 and knew within a few days that this was something very special and a natural progression to my already innovative career.  Not only was it helping me mentally, physically and emotionally, I could combine my creative talents and love of teaching.  A month later, I became  a Certified Zentangle Teacher, trained by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, the founders of this amazing art form.

My friends and family tell me my whole face lights up when I talk about Zentangle.  It has become my passion, my inspiration and is serving me in so many areas.  I am a personal testament that Zentangle really works and I love being a Zentangle artist.

I teach classes and workshops in various venues across southern Ontario.  Please visit my “Upcoming Class” page and Tangling with Brenda to learn how to do Zentangle or email me at to book a class, group or private lesson.

Recently I have self-published a colouring book with my grand’s, called “Floral Scapes and Tangled Art”. Visit my author page on Amazon and Brenda Shaver Artist to find out more.

My dream and mission are to share this fabulous art form with as many people as possible to help them find their creative mojo and experience all the wonderful feelings that the Method of Zentangle brings.

Hope to see you soon.