Workshop Offerings

 Tangling with Brenda offers several Zentangle ®
and Zentangle Inspired Art Classes.  You are required to take the  “BASIC” class first to learn the philosophy of the Zentangle Method and then you can take any class you prefer in any order.  The descriptions are listed below:
  • 01- Basic
  • 02- Beyond Basic
  • 03-  Seascape
  • 04- Adding Colour
  • 05- White on Black
  • 06- Zendalas
  • 07- Tangled Greeting Cards
  • 08- Tangle Folk and Funky Animals
  • 09- Organic Garden Workshop
  • 10- Dr. Seuss ZIA Workshop
  • 11- Mindfulness with Tripoli and Hollibaugh goes Wild
  • 12- Tangleations and Monotangles
  • 13- Dancing with Paradox
  • 14- Fun with Renaissance 
  • 15- Black Magic
  • 16- Monochromatic Colours 
  • 17- Holiday Stars
  • 18- Fun with Bijou 
  • 19- My Story Landscape
  • 20- Colour Play
  • 21- Cityscape
  • 22- Zendalas 3 D-Style
  • 23- Tangles and Dangles
  • 24-Exploring Tangles and Techniques 
  • 25- Floral Fantasia
  • 26- Illuminated Lettering
  • 27- All About Shading
  • 28- Tangling Together
  • 29- Beyond the Basics
  • 30- Tangles and Silhouettes
  • 31- Found Poetry (Parts 1 and 2)
  • 32- Holiday Tangled Art
  • 33- Tombow Technique Tags
  • 34- Meandering Tangle Book 
  • 35- Tangled Greeting Cards
  • 36- Tangles, Botanicals and Enhancers
  • 37- All Boxed up – Folded/Tangled Boxes
  • 38- Stacked and Tangled
  • 39- Zendalas PLUS
  • 40- Sparkle your Tangles with Twinks  
  • 41- Shades of Gray
  • 42- Seaside Renaissance
  • 43- Colour Me Crazy
  • 44- Gemstone Illusions
  • 45- Folded/Tangled Mini Journals
  • 46- Bijou Meets Organic Colour
  • 47-  Colour on Black Tiles
  • 48- Exploring Prestrung Zendala Tiles
  • 49- Renaissance Plus
  • 50-Whimsical Houses and Landscapes
  • 51 – Fun with 3z Tiles
  • 52 – Fragments and Reticula (Parts 1 and 2)
  • 53 – Tangling (Diptych) Zendalas
  • 54 – Morphing Tangles
  • 55 – Grammy’s Quilt on an Opus Tile ZIA 
  • 56 – Hearts and Flowers 
  • 57 – Exploring the Hollibaugh Technique 
  • 58 – Fantasy Wonderland ZIA
  • 59 – Let’s Frame It
  • 60 – Exploring New String Ideas
  • 61 – Zenbuttons
  • 62 –  Dingbatz 
  • 63 – Gelli Plate Printing 
  ZENTANGLE® in the Pure Form  Classes (2 1/2 hr) $40
The following classes focus on non-representational art in the true Zentangle way, on white 3.5” x 3.5” tiles, black pen and pencil 
 01 – Basic  FUNdamental – Onamato and Hollibaugh  are just some of the tangles you will learn to create two unique tiles. The philosophy of the art form will also be covered. This is the class that will hook you!  MINI KIT INCLUDED in the fee as a special gift.
 02 – Beyond Basic  (01  is a prerequisite) Learn several new more advanced tangles along with enhancements and shading. Your tangles will develop into lovely, sophisticated designs.  
11 – Mindfulness with Tripoli and Hollibaugh goes Wild (01  is a prerequisite) This class incorporates two unique concepts of Zentangle in one class.  a) Create beautiful art with the entire focus on mindful meditation; concentrating on being in the present. (Inspired by CZT Molly Hollibaugh)       b) See how Hollibaugh can be used to create funky designs   

12 – Tangleations and Monotangles (01 is a prerequisite)Explore this really fun concept. Try using imaginative variations of only one favourite tangle as well as how to create unique art with intertwining tangles.

24  – Exploring Tangles and Techniques  (01 is a prerequisite) With over 5000 tangles on the internet today, we will be trying out brand new ones in every class. Please request one you would like to explore.

51 – Fun with 3z’s – (01 is a prerequisite) The newest Zentangle product – triangular shaped tiles. So much fun to tangle as well as create puzzle mosaics. A “MUST TAKE” class. You will love it!

52 – Fragments and Reticulas PART 1 & PART 2- (01 is a prerequisite) A unique way to take your most loved tangles and change them up into a brand new look. Part 1 includes how to create these fascinating tiles and Part 2 includes tangling “fragments” on an origami flexagon,  perfect for a gift or for yourself.  A whole new take on the Zentangle Basic class and one you won’t want to miss.

54 – Morphing Tangles (01 is a prerequisite) – Learn how to confidently morph one tangle into another. A class which will spark your imagination and show you how some tangles naturally flow together well. 

57 – Exploring the Hollibaugh Technique  (01  is a prerequisite) This class is all about using specific tangles and techniques to learn about “drawing behind” and how we can create dimension and depth in our tiles or our ZIAS.

59Lets Frame It  – There are numerous border tangles and ways to incorporate borders into our art.   We will explore these techniques on tiles, using brown, black and white ink, while learning how to add highlights and shading. 

60 – Exploring New String Ideas (01 is a prerequisite) Learn how to find new and unique ways to create strings using things we have around our house. Many more creative ways to add to our Zentangle art.

 ZENTANGLE® INSPIRED ART  Classes  (2 1/2 hours )       The following classes are ALL based on the Zentangle Method but may use colour tiles, art paper etc. Thus, these are called  Zentangle Inspired Art classes and descriptions are listed below  

BLACK Tiles or Paper

05 – White on Black (01 is a prerequisite) Drawing with a white pen on black tiles creates elegant, dramatic art you will love while learning new tangles. Stencils will be incorporated into this class. (White pen/pencils  available for purchase or bring your own)  

 15 – Black Magic (01  is a prerequisite) Great new techniques that will bring your tangling style to a magical, new dimension when using coloured pencils on black paper. (Inspired by Marie Browning CZT) 

46 – Colour on Black (01  is a prerequisite) Becoming one of the most favourite ways to tangle; metallic pens on black tiles with metallic pencil shading equals stunning art.


14 – Fun with Renaissance  (01 is a prerequisite) Create stunning, dimensional art working from the paper’s tan tone towards light tones. Considered a favourite class by many students.  (Brown pens/ white pencils available for purchase or bring your own).

42- Seaside Renaissance  (01  is a prerequisite) This class will be exploring blue and green colour combos while deliberately capturing sea shapes in their unique organic beauty. (Inspired by Marty Deckel CZT)

49- Renaissance Plus (01  is a prerequisite) Tan tiles and gold metallic pens bring a touch of beauty and sophistication to Zentangle Inspired Art.


18 – Fun with Bijou (01  is a prerequisite)Learn about our newest addition to the Zentangle family while tangling on new two inch tiles. Also, how “Bijou’s” perspective is an elegant match for our approach to creating art and to life. “Bijou” is the embodiment of “one stroke at a time.” 

47- Bijou Meets Organic Colour (01  is a prerequisite) More fun tangling on our littlest tile while adding organic colour derived from plants, coffee, teas, spices and veggies. (Inspired by Molly Hollibaugh CZT)


06 –  Zendalas  (01  is a prerequisite)  Inspired by the historic art of the Mandala.  Learn several new tangles and how to create a Zendala that will be filled with personal meaning. (Inspired by Jean Theurkaff CZT) (Bring A compass) 

48- Exploring Prestrung Zendalas-  (01  is a prerequisite) So much fun and so relaxing; tangling on Zendalas that have the strings already drawn by Maria Thomas. One of my most favourite ways to tangle.

22 – Zendalas 3-D Style (01  is a prerequisite) Learn this very cool technique to create a 3-D layered Zendala while making it your own personal style while adding touches of colour.

39 – Zendalas PLUS  (01  is a prerequisite)  Very unique ways of creating very special Mandalas while learning new tangles. 

53 – Tangled Zendala Diptychs (01  is a prerequisite) Take your Zendalas to a whole new height when we learn this technique that Maria Thomas ( co-founder of Zentangle) has designed.  We will learn how to make this gift-worthy 3 dimensional piece of art.A class you won’t want to miss.


03 – Seascape (01  is a prerequisite) Turn the norm into magic by learning more tangles that will evolve into dimensional designs.  Experience the element of surprise creating a unique “Seascape” ZIA. (Inspired by Alice Hendon CZT   

04 – Adding Colour (01  is a prerequisite)Have fun playing with studio supplies while learning to add colour with markers and pencil crayons. Create a unique colour wheel and lovely art. (Bring your own “unshaded” tangled art or use copies of Brenda’s)                         

07 – Tangled Greeting Cards  (01  is a prerequisite) Create  unique tangled cards with fun, fancy, elegant designs and embellishments using black ink and Metallic Gelly Rolls.   

08 – ZIA Tangle Folk and Funky Animals (01  is a prerequisite). While learning more tangles you will be designing simple tangle folk characters and cute animals. Especially fun for children.  (Tangle Folk inspired by Billie Lauder CZT

13 – Line Dancing with Paradox (01 is a prerequisite)Experience the magic of Paradox as you draw curved and straight lines in every direction imaginable while enjoying the mindfulness of “one stroke at a time”. Mind blowing but lots of fun!

16 – Monochromatic Colours (01 is a prerequisite) You will love this class. It’s all about creating with tones and shades of one colour.  No black pen to be seen. Hand coloured tiles, pens and pencils.(Inspired by Sue Jacobs CZT)  

17 – Holiday Stars  (01  is a NOT a prerequisite)  Looking for unique ideas for holiday gift giving?  Create fun  3-D ornamental star using new tangles and colour supplies. You will love this class and will be forever creating stars.

 21-Cityscape (01  is a prerequisite)  Love buildings and artistic representations of a city? This class will be all about turning  rectangles and squares into skyscrapers and structures to build an urban area while tangling inside those forms with brand new patterns. 

23 – Tangles and Dangles– (01  a prerequisite) This is such a fun class creating  unique lettering using Zentangle and all sorts of wonky lines and dangles. Great for personal cards, name plaques and so much more.  

24 – Exploring  Advanced Tangles -(01 is a prerequisite) A fun class which will change each time as you will build on your tangling expertise with more complex tangles and tangleations.

25 – Floral Fantasia (01  is a prerequisite) Explore tangling as you learn how to make your favourite organic tangles turn into a playful dance of swaying and flowing together to create a fantasy garden.

26 – Illuminated Lettering (01  is a prerequisite) Explore the history of illuminated letters handwritten as far back as the middle ages as you create your own personal style with tangled monograms. 

27 – All About Shading (01  is a prerequisite) Learn several shading techniques using pencil blending as well as pen and markers which will add that “WOW” factor to your Zentangle Art. 

28 – Tangling Together (01  is a prerequisite) Each and every “Tangling Together” class will be a brand new opportunity to have fun while experiencing new techniques in the land of Zentangle.

29 – Beyond the Basics (01  is a prerequisite) A fun class taking your tangling to a dimensional level by incorporating sophisticated designs and using more complex tangles.

30 – Tangles and Silhouettes(01  is a prerequisite) This class will focus on what is left “untangled” by merging tangles to create a beautiful background for your favourite silhouette while learning about positive and negative images. (Inspired by CZT Jerryann Haggart).

31 – Found Poetry (01  is a prerequisite)  A fun way to recycle old books by taking a page, finding meaningful words while incorporating tangled designs to camouflage the background with an overlay of beautiful tangled art.

32 – Holiday Tangled Art – (01 is a prerequisite) Each holiday class/workshop will be a surprise.  We will be making and tangling unique and fun items for you to keep for yourself or to give as gifts.

33 – Tombow Technique Tags – (01  is a prerequisite) Learn brand new tangles while using watercolour markers and pencil crayons. (Inspired by Marie Browning CZT) 

 34  – Meandering Tangle Book – (01  is  a prerequisite) These fun little books are easy to make in the first part of the class with time to tangle on some of the pages in the second half. Perfect gifts for tanglers. 

35 – Tangled Greeting Cards – (01 is a prerequisite) This class will offer some great card ideas complete with new tangles. You will never want to purchase a card again. 

36 – Tangles, Botanicals and Enhancers (01  is  a prerequisite) A  very fun concept in florals while tangling on white and renaissance tiles ( Inspired by Sharla Hicks CZT)  -some extra supplies needed) 

37 – All Boxed UpTangled Gift Boxes(01  is  a prerequisite) In  the first part of  the class we will create a layered box and then add fun new tangles in the second part of the class.

38 – Stacked and Tangled  (01  is  a prerequisite) A really fun way to learn new tangles, incorporate lettering and use unique papers to create your Zentangle Inspired Art.  (Inspired by CZTS Alice Hendon and Jane Eileen)

40 – Sparkle your Tangles with Twinks (01  is a prerequisite) Wondering what creates that sparkle and metallic effect? Twinkling H20’s are so much fun.  This class is all about experimenting with Twinks and how to incorporate them into your tangles.

41Shades of Gray(01 is a prerequisite) Learn how to create 3D Shading effects in your Zentangle Art? You will learn some cool techniques in this class inspired by CZT Sonya Spencer (co author of Pattern Play) ( Bring a kneaded eraser).

43 – Colour Me Crazy –  (01 is a prerequisite) Do you love to colour? Learn how to create your own mini colouring book and how to blend and shade with coloured pencils.

 44- Gemstone Illusions(01  is a prerequisite) This is the newest craze to Zentangle Inspired Art. Learn how to use coloured pencils and white pens to create beautiful art pieces that look like real gemstones as you add tangles to your art.

45- Folded/Tangled Mini Books(01  is a prerequisite) In the first half of this class you will learn techniques to make mini books and in the second half we will be tangling in our new little book.


  • The following workshops are based on the Zentangle process but may use colour, art paper etc. Thus we call them Zentangle Inspired Art workshops.

09 – Organic Garden Workshop (01  is a prerequisite) fun class where you will learn to “get the flow” while drawing an organic garden and achieving the 4th dimension in your art using black pen, pencil shading, toned paper and white pencil for highlights. Learn how to interpret “high, medium and low” tangles the way you would imagine planning a real garden. (Bring mini kit, white pencil and brown micron). (Inspired by Dr.  Meredith Yuhas CZT)   

10- Dr. Seuss Workshop (01  is a prerequisite) Don’t miss this super FUN class! You will design and tangle a whimsical 8″x 10″ piece of Zentangle Inspired Art in the first half as well as learn how to add colour with Tombow markers in the second half of the class.  (Bring mini kit and Tombows, if you have them. Studio Tombows will be available. (Inspired by Marie Browning CZT)  

19 – Colour Play Workshop  (01  is a prerequisite) Lots of fun times and laughs in this innovative class creating  ZIA’s while learning ways to add colour to your backgrounds using paints, shaving cream, plastic wrap, ink and all sorts of things. The second part will include how to find unique string ideas in your art as well as learn 8 to 10 brand new tangles. 

20 – My Story Landscape (01  is a prerequisite)  This workshop is based on visual journaling. Learn how to transform non-representational tangles into trees, clouds or whatever your heart desires as you develop a personal landscape, all in tangles. Memories, ideas, and events, as you perceive them from your experiences and dreams, can be incorporated.  Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by your unlimited creativity and imagination.

50-Whimsical Houses and Landscapes (01 is a prerequisite) In this really fun workshop we will be creating unique strings which will magically develop into tangled houses and landscapes. Be prepared to be delighted and inspired. (Inspired by Margaret Bremner’s Wonky Houses)

55 – Grammy’s Quilt on an Opus Tile (01 is a prerequisite) Brand new ZIA workshop learning how to take the mystery out of tangling “large” by working in one small area at a time while drawing new tangles. We can tangle in traditional black and white or in colour. Each participant will take home a beautiful, finished, 10 x 10 Opus Tile ready to frame and hang on the wall. 

56 – Hearts and Flowers – (01 is a prerequisite) Hearts are one of the most popular symbols. In this workshop, we will be learning a variety of tangles  all using hearts and flowers to create these cute little houses which can be used as a tealight.  (Inspired by CZT Dorian Eng).

58- Fantasy Wonderland – (01 is a prerequisite) Fun new workshop created on large 8 x 10 art paper inspired by favourite movies.  As well as drawing this whimsical ZIA with lots of perfs and enhancements, we will be adding colour with watercolour tools while learning how to choose unique tangles. (Inspired by the popular Dr. Seuss Workshop)

 61 – Zenbuttons (01 is a prerequisite) 

62 – Dingbatz (01 is a prerequisite)


  • Each 2 1/2 hour class is $40 (plus tax); if you sign up for two classes in one day you pay $75 (plus tax).
  • An all-day workshop is $75 unless noted. 
  • The Basic class includes a “Mini” Kit as a special gift of a $15 value. (Bring it to each class you attend).  All other workshops include tiles, art paper etc in the fee unless indicated. Pens and special tools are extra. You are welcome to bring your own supplies if you wish. 
  • No drawing ability or talent is required for any class.
  • A BASIC class IS A MUST from me or from another C Z T so that you are familiar with the fundamentals and philosophy of the Zentangle Method before you can take other classes.
  • Any class after a ” Basic” class does not have to be taken in any particular order.
  • Always bring your mini kit
  • Don’t forget your reading glasses if you need them for close up work
  • If you bring a drink, it must have a lid
  • Please register and pay as soon as possible, due to limited space.
  • Likewise, please do not wait until the last minute to register. If there are not enough participants, the class may have to be cancelled.  
  • Call 226 979 8465 or email – to register.
  • You may drop off payment at Half Moon Boutique Tangle Art Studio, 136 Metcalfe or mail it to Half Moon St., 56 Mill W. Elora, On N0B1S0

Thank you, Brenda