Where it all Started: The history of Zentangle

Zentangle has the simplest of origins which would never have happened had such complex personalities never found one another. The story is about Rick Roberts (a former monk) who was watching Maria Thomas (an amazing Calligrapher). As much as I would love to describe this encounter they had, it would be best to show it to you in their own words. 
Maria was once telling Rick about how she felt when drawing background lines for her calligraphy. She said she experienced timelessness, freedom and well-being and complete focus on what she was doing with no thought or worry about anything else. 
Rick was able to tell her exactly what she was experiencing, she was describing the feeling of peace during meditation. They began to wonder if art could bring about such an experience in others, and so began the journey to create the artwork we now know as Zentangle.  
The artform has come so far since then, changing the lives of the millions it has touched so far.
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