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About rhondaroy

Making sense of the world around me seems to be the theme of my life. Every job I've had has involved creating how-tos for those that follow, or explaining what I'm doing to those around me. For someone who grew up with the messiest room in the country (according to my mother), I've developed a love of organization, and like nothing better than to put things in order. This, however, does not include my house!

AIZIA – Alhambra-Inspired ZIA

The Alhambra is a palace in Granada, Spain, known for its beautiful architecture and gardens, among other things. In this online class, (originally taught by Inge Frasch, CZT), we will create a ZIA piece reminiscent of the Alhambra using a string created by Marieke Sanchez, CZT.

Together we will transfer the string onto paper and then explore various tangles to fill in the spaces. You can create a gorgeous piece in black and white, or use your favourite medium to add colour. We’ll have time to get a good start on the tile and you’ll be able to finish it on your own confidently and be able to do more.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

1:00-3:30 pm PST

$30 CDN

Click here to register now

Prerequisite: This class is offered only to students who have already taken a class with me. But even if you’ve only taken Zentangle Basics or Art Bites you will love it! And if you’ve been itching to add colour to your Zentangle work, this is the perfect opportunity. Contact me if you have any questions.and beyond!

Supply list:

  • Your starter kit (01 pen, pencil, tortillon)
  • Black PN pen
  • White 10 gelly roll pen
  • Good quality art paper (watercolour or dry medium) roughly 7.8” square (19-20cm) or larger
  • Your favourite medium to add your own touch

Class materials kit (PN pen, paper and #10 white gelly roll) available for $15 –  pickup only

Upon registration, you’ll receive and email with the Zoom invitation and further details.

About the paper: You’ll want a nice quality thick paper with a little bit of tooth.  140lb watercolour paper works nicely, but if you’re not using wet medium, a dry media art paper would be fine.

Contact me by e mail if you have any questions about materials needed.

Introduction to the Zentangle® Method: A 6-week Online course

ZentangleBasics – and beyond!

This is a 6-week course exploring the Zentangle Method right from the beginning.

Each week we will learn some new patterns, learn how to vary existing patterns to create different looks, work on shading and highlighting and try enhancers. By the end of the course, you’ll have a toolbox of patterns and techniques to go forward with, and will have the confidence to continue on your own or expand into new Zentangle and ZIA horizons.

Topics will include principles, elemental strokes, shading, enhancers, and over 20tangle patterns!

Tuesdays from 10:00-11:30 am PDT

September 22 – October 27, 2020

$100CDN for six 1.5 hour classes

Click here to register now

Class will be conducted via Zoom (5-minute orientation provided if needed). Upon registration, you’ll receive your Zoom invitation and a supply list. Most of the supplies will be things you have on hand or can easily find.

Course materials kit is available for an additional $25 (pickup only)

Zentangle Basics Class – Sep 5th

Have you been curious about Zentangle? This is the class for you!

Learn more about the world of Zentangle by exploring some basic “tangles” as well as the philosophy and the process of this fun art form. With one simple stroke at a time, you’ll discover how simple, relaxing and enjoyable Zentangle can be. You’ll create two tiles of your own and have a chance to see how they fit into a larger mosaic. No art experience necessary – anyone can practice Zentangle and benefit from the meditative aspect of this form of drawing!

Online Class
Saturday, September 5th from 1:00-3:30- pm
Cost $30 CDN
Materials kit available for an additional $15 (pickup only)
Register online here

Materials needed: Black 01 Micron, an assortment of white 3.5″ tiles (or nice paper cut into 3.5″ squares), pencil, blending stump. If you do not have these things, work with what you do have –we’ll get inventive!

Want a more in-depth study of Zentangle? Check out my 6-week Introduction to Zentangle course Tuesdays starting Sep 22nd at 10 am PST

No Mistakes in Zentangle? Really?

This post first appeared on my old website on March 30, 2016

Yes, really! That’s the beauty of the Zentangle process. First of all, it’s the act of drawing the tile that matters, not the end result. As you appreciate your materials, look at your string, and begin to tangle, things gradually come to you, and your tile begins to take shape. Once in a while a line goes crooked, or you lose your focus and draw a square in the wrong corner. But that’s okay – don’t throw your tile away.

Keep going. Turn that wonky grid into a wonky tangle, and something ordinary suddenly becomes more interesting. Now what will go with that? Empty your mind, look at the space and wait. Soon something will come to you. And if it doesn’t, start drawing anyway. What, it’s not an official tangle pattern? Who cares? It came from you. Relax and let it happen.

Often your finished tile won’t look much like the one in your mind. That happens to artists all the time. What’s good to remember is that you are the only one who can see what it was “supposed’ to look like. Everyone else sees it for the first time. So put your tile away. Go on and do something else.

After a few weeks, bring it out again. Forgot about this one, didn’t you? Now what do you see?

Sometimes you’ll like it when you see it with fresh eyes. Sometimes you won’t. So analyse it. What would you do differently next time? What did you learn? What mistakes would you do deliberately, maybe even go further with?

And what if you still don’t like it? A fellow artist who does collages has another piece of advice. Never throw anything away. Maybe you can cut the tile and make gift tags. Maybe you can paint or colour another layer over it. Maybe it will find its way into a collage or a vision board or a note card.

If it’s still not doing it for you, there’s one last thing to remember. Someone once said the only way to make good art is to make a lot of bad art. Someone else says you have to do something 10,000 times before you become an expert. Any way you look at it, you are one drawing ahead of where you were before you started. And isn’t that something to celebrate?

In the tile shown (Z451-2016Mar4) can you spot the mistake? A small error when my mind wandered made a ‘whoops!’ moment, and I had to rethink where I was going with the tile. Now I can’t even remember where that happened!

Zentangle tile

If you’re looking for a perfect artist, you’ve come to the wrong place!


NOTE:  This blog entry first appeared on my old website on March 30, 2016 (a month before I became a CZT).  2400 tiles later, it still rings true today. 

There are lots of websites filled with fabulous art by highly qualified and professional artists. I love them, and I visit them regularly for inspiration, ideas, and simply to enjoy seeing what other people create.

But this website is about mucking about, remembering how to have fun, and being fearless in creating, removing the judgement of what is “good art” or “bad art” or whether someone is “better at it”. Because we all deserve to create art regardless of what other people (or we ourselves) think of it. So that means I am going to commit to showing you a variety of work I’m doing – the stuff I’m really proud of and the stuff that didn’t quite work out the way I might have hoped. It’s important that you get to see the warts as well as the roses, because it’s important to know that it’s okay to create work that isn’t perfect.

Artists will tell you this is something they learn to deal with. They will tell you about the Inner Critic who is constantly reminding you that this “isn’t good enough”; that it doesn’t measure up to someone else’s benchmark. One of the great things about Zentangle is that it helps many of us move through this barrier, and once that happens we can look at the work of other people with an objective eye. Instead of bemoaning, “I could never make something that good” we can study it. “How did they achieve that effect? What would happen if I tried that? What would my version look like?” Out of that comes the realization that our work will never look like someone else’s and that’s the whole point. We each have our own style, and that means nobody else’s work will look like ours, either. And that means you actually are an artist!

The tile shown is my very second one, done Jan 12, 2015

Classes in July 2020

Summer has always meant time in the garden, barbecues with family and getting out to enjoy the great outdoors.  Even though we’re restricted more than usual this summer, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to get out there and take advantage of the season.

For that reason, I’m going to be changing my class offerings for July and August. I don’t usually teach over the summer months, but because we can now meet online, I’m happy to continue offering Tangled Tidbits, and Zentangle private and semi-private lessons.

Tangled Tidbits is a small group that meets weekly for an hour (Fridays from 1-2 pm PDT) and we try different ‘tidbits’ of ideas, tangles, and so on.  This class runs on a monthly subscription, so this is a good time to join us for the month of July.  There’s always room for you in this class if you have already taken a Zentangle class with me (Art Bites counts).   You can find more information here, or contact me for details.  Cost is $35CDN/month.

(I’m also open to setting up another Tangled Tidbits for those interested in a different day/time, who are not alumni from my classes, or who want to start up as their own group.  Just let me know!)

Zentangle on Demand is my online version of Zentangle 1-2-3. In short, we can arrange a private lesson, or a small group lesson if you have a friend or two you’d like to tangle with. This option is great for beginners or experienced tanglers alike.

Beginners are welcome!  We’ll start with Zentangle Basics and have you tangling in no time.  And for those looking for follow up classes or individual attention, I’ve amassed a large selection of classes I can teach and you’re welcome to check them all out here.   You’ll need to have the materials (I can help you figure out what you need) and we’ll set a mutually agreeable time and place.  Cost is $40CDN for a private 2-hour lesson, or $30CDN/per person for a 2-1/2 hour class.

If any of these options appeal to you, contact me for more information.

Whether you take a class or not, I hope Zentangle will be part of your summer relaxation plans!

Tangled Tidbits is here!

Tangled Tidbits is a monthly series of 1-hour classes in a virtual setting.

We’ll meet each week online for an hour and try something new, practice a technique, ask a question, or start a tile or challenge together through guided instruction.

The class runs on a monthly subscription and you’ll receive an invoice near the end of the month for the following month; you can renew or stop as you like at the end of each month. (No pro-rating at this price.)

Cost $35CDN/month  – Fridays from 1-2 pm PDT

Register here; I will contact you to confirm when your subscription activates.

What’s a ZIA?

ZIA is short for  “Zentangle Inspired Art”.  While the Zentangle Method is specific in its philosophy and principles (non-representational, no mistakes, no rulers, keeping it simple), it’s only natural that enthusiasts would find Zentangle-inspired attributes spilling over into other art forms.  It’s a way of stretching the ‘rules’ of Zentangle in ways that retain the original Zentangle intention of being relaxing, enjoyable and mindful, while allowing for flexibility in how to apply the practise.  Many Zentangle practitioners and CZTs explore other forms of art including painting, quilting, card making, sculpting, drawing, collage, found art, pottery, embroidery, glass making…the list goes on.


ZIAs can have any or all of these characteristics:

  • patterns are tangled on something other than a 3.5″ tile – like a coffee cup, greeting card, Christmas ornament, plant pots, stones, fabric, a journal cover…
  • colour can be used, either in the drawing itself, or in embellishment – think sharpies, watercolour, pencil crayons, fabric paint….
  • can be representational – you can take a template/line drawing and tangle inside
  • rulers and/or more complex designs might be employed – mandalas are a beautiful example of this


ZIAs are a fun way to stretch your Zentangle muscles!


“Sunburst” Tangled on Alcohol Ink background

Zentangle on Demand

Here’s a fun way to get some Zentangle® in your life!

Online private and semi-private Zentangle lessons are now available. Choose a class with your friends, or arrange some quiet one-on-one instruction just for you. Online lessons and classes are taught via Zoom, and materials are not included. Most can be taken with the materials you already have at home; for others, we can discuss the materials you would like to use.

• Individual (2-hr private lesson ) – $40CDN
• 2 or more people (2-1/2hr lesson) – $30CDN/per person
Contact me to book a lesson

Here are some ideas – or ask for a custom lesson and we’ll see what we can do.:

Classes with no special materials required (just pen, pencil and paper)
• Zentangle Basics (your first stop for all things Zentangle)
• Zentangle Revisited (refresher for those who have the Basics)
• Beyond the Basics (refining your skills, more tangles)
• Level Up: Tangles and More (enhancers, tangleations)
• Shady Practise (get a handle on shading techniques)
• String Theory (how to create and use zillions of strings)
• Reticula & Fragments (the meat and bones of tangling)
• Pop-Up Tutorials (focus on just one tangle and make it yours
• Dynamic Dingbatz (tangling in closed dingbat format)

Classes required special materials (what you have on hand or want to order)
• TransZENding technique   –  (requires white gelly roll and white chalk pencil)
• Watercolour backgrounds  –   (requires watercolours)
• Tangling on Fabric  –   (requires fabric, and special markers)
• Impossible 3D Tiles  –   (requires scissors, glue: coloured paper/pens is an option)
• Zen Buttons   –  (requires compass or other ability to trace circles; colour is an option)
• Zen Gems   –  (requires coloured pencils or brush markers)
• Black Magic  –   (black paper, white/coloured pens, white/coloured pencil)
• Renaissance Treasures  –   (tan paper, brown/coloured pens, white/coloured pencil
• Zentangle Blue Steel  –   (grey paper, white/coloured pens, white/coloured pen)
• Zendala Discoveries  –   (5” round tiles – or trace a CD), white or coloured paper
• 3Z Mosaics  –   (triangles roughly 3” equal sides), white or coloured paper
Some of these materials are available to order from me or directly from

Tangled Tidbits – A Weekly Tangling Class

I’ve been thinking – wouldn’t it be nice to have a weekly Zentangle session where the same folks can meet for an hour, do a bit of tangling, and have a little Zen-ish moment?  This is what I came up with.

Tangled Tidbits is a new, virtual classroom where we can meet for an hour each week and learn something new through guided instruction. We’ll tangle following the principles of the Zentangle Method, which focuses on gratitude and appreciation, simple strokes, and enjoying the process.

An hour is just long enough to:

  • Try a new tangle
  • Learn a tangleation
  • Practise a tip or technique
  • Start working on a specific tile
  • Ask a question
  • Play with materials
  • Try something new

Each week, I’ll have something fun to share, or we’ll go with something the class wants to explore. You’ll have a say in what we do! The goal will not be to finish a project in this class. We will try something new and different, or get started on a tile that you can finish on your own throughout the week. Unlike a regular lesson, it’s just a tidbit – for example, we might talk shading tips, but it won’t be a full shading class. 🙂

It’s important that we keep this fun and doable for everyone, and that means keeping materials simple – things everyone has easy access to (- like 01 Micron, paper, pencil and tort to start!)

COST: Monthly subscription of $35 for weekly one-hour sessions.  You can register here.

What do you think? Are you in? Contact me if you’d like more information.