My Story

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I am Brenda Shaver Shahin and live in Guelph, On Canada with my husband. We are fortunate to be close to our family and adorable grandchildren, Cecilia, Spencer, and Tristan. Life is Good!

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 imagination were 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 further indulged my creativity in college studying Interior Design and textiles after which 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 traveling 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 and my inspiration.  I am a personal testament that the Zentangle Method works. I love being a Zentangle artist and part of the Zentangle community.

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 tanglingwithbrenda@gmail.com 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.

Brenda