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Front Cover of Dust Cover to The Book of Zentangle CLICK to Enlarge

The Book of Zentangle®

Authors: Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, Founders of Zentangle®
NOTE: 50+ Illustrations are by Maria and words are by Rick unless noted otherwise
Pages: 146 NOTE: 50 of the pages are full color, hand drawn illustrations and Zentangles by Maria Thomas

Page size: 6" H x 9.5" W
Publisher: Zentangle Inc.
Cover: Hard Cover, "Coffee table" book style with Paper Jacket
Item Code: 4L0227
Weight: 1.20 lb
MSRP: $39.95
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Review by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher and Owner of Soft Expressions

The Book of Zentangle is the long awaited and must have book offered by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, Zentangle Founders. Their journey together began latter in life and their personal relationship and their ability to connect to their inner voices started the collaboration that resulted in a man of words and woman of artistic prowse recognizing Zentangle was needed by all. They have freely shared it with the world through their blog and website. What they were doing was seen seen as so important by anyone they shared it with that they were called to o train to others like myself, so more people around the work could share in the magic and power of Zentangle.

And NOW, this book is yet another marvelous example of collaboration between these two gifted artists and compassionate human beings. All the questions are answered: what is Zentangle, the process, the philosophy, its evolution and who are Rick and Maria. Reading this book and following the Zentangle process will bring you an understanding of what a gift Zentangle is and how special it is that Rick and Maria have offered it to the world.

The Book of Zentangle® by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas offers the following description from the front inside dust jacket flap:

  • "Rick and Maria are good company as they take you on a creative journey to a place of peace, empowerment, and unlimited potential through this introduction to Zentangle®.
  • Novices and artists alike will be drawn to this easy art form and appreciate the effectiveness of Zentangle’s mindfulness process.
  • Zentangle® nurtures the soul and encourages life enhancing outcomes. It is a pastime, a life skill, and a simple metaphor for life in a complex and busy world.
  • If you can’t sit on a pillow and meditate but you can hold a pen, Zentangle® is the process of relaxation for you. This book is the perfect starting point to learn this relaxing method of creating beautiful artwork or to expand on what you already know.
  • Whether for fun, focus, meditation, or therapy, this art form has something for everyone. I tangle myself, teach it to my clients, and tangle with my family and friends."
Meredith L.Yuhas, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Director, Counseling & Wellness Center
University of Saint Joseph
Licensed Profession Counselor
Certified Zentangle® Teacher:


Back Cover Zentangle Example by Molly Hollibaugh
Founders of Zentangle®
Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas:
Back Cover Zentangle Example by Molly Hollibaugh
Back Cover Example
by Molly Hollibaugh
(Maria's daughter)

Rick and Maria state:

"We are thrilled to share our first Zentangle® book with you! It's been a long time coming, and we think it's worth it. This book is a delightful mix of images and words—a well crafted combination of beautiful paintings and tangles, and explanations and reference."

"A guidebook to Paris isn’t Paris; but when you visit Paris, you’ll enjoy it more with a good guidebook. This is a guidebook to Zentangle®. It can help you awaken your ability, nourish your awareness, and find your way to a joy that has been there with you all along."

The Book of Zentangle®
Back Cover Information

Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  

Founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas describe in words and images how this popular art form began and how it works.

People of many ages, backgrounds, and skill levels are learning, enjoying, and creating beautiful Zentangle art whether or not they think they have artistic abilities.


  • How to create Zentangle® art
  • Inspiration behind the Zentangle® Method
  • Many Zentangle images
  • How to increase your enjoyment and benefit from the Zentangle® Method
  • How others are using Zentangle® in their lives.

Rick & Maria state:

"This book shows beautiful images to inspire your Zentangle® creations. This book describes our thought process and approach so you can understand what informed our choices as we created the Zentangle® method. This book has suggestions for many activities and relates other tanglers' stories so you can explore more fun and additional benefits from a Zentangle® practice. This book is also a good reference guide to all things Zentangle® with its glossary, notes, bibliography and index."



The Book of Zentangle®
Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • What is Zentangle?
  • Origin
  • Method
  • Tools
  • Zentangle as a Practice
  • Exercises and Projects
  • Stories and Comments
  • A Note From Rick and Maria
  • Appendix A
  • Resources and Information
  • Appendix B
  • Glossary
  • Credits
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Colophon

Inside Cover pages bookending the content pages of THE BOOK OF ZENTANGLE by Maria Thomas, Zentangle Founder
Inside Cover pages by Maria Thomas book end the Content pages

Inside Cover pages bookending the content pages of THE BOOK OF ZENTANGLE by Maria Thomas, Zentangle Founder
Book Format
Each turn of the page offers new inspiration with 50+ Zentangles or Zentangle Inspired Art by Maria Thomas
On the right you are guided by Rick Roberts as he shares
their journey, philosophy, formation, and process of what we call today Zentangle®

Book page example from THE BOOK OF ZENTANGLE. Example by Maria Thomas, Zentangle Founder
Page example by Maria Thomas

Book page example from THE BOOK OF ZENTANGLE. Example by Maria Thomas, Zentangle Founder
Page example by Maria Thomas

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