Zentangle a Map!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Artist Friends, What I am up to | 62 comments

I have a friend across the world that I have never met. She just wrote a book, and I am very pleased to be a part of the blogroll to get the word out. Kass Hall lives in Australia and is a a Certified Zentangle® Teacher. This is something I knew not a thing about, until I got her book.

Kass and I decided that a map was in order, since that combines techniques from both our books. I just took a very eventful trip from my home in Colorado to Ghost Ranch in northeastern New Mexico and decided that was the journey to map.

First of all, I read the whole book since I was a Zentangle virgin. I used her great instructions to learn some of the patterns, and some of them I made up. It was challenging, thinking of the journey as symbols and patterns, and it was fun too.

I made four spinning wine glasses and pine trees around our friend’s house in Fairplay where we drink wine. I added three triangles for Tres Piedras (Three rocks), a town we pass along the way, and made cottonwood trees along the rivers and highways.

I added color in Photoshop

Kass has so many ideas in her book for this meditative art, it was hard to choose. The patterns I picked seemed to fit the landscape well.

You can hop around these blogs for the next 12 days and find out even more about her, her book and her art. Some of the blogs will have free stuff for you. I do! Read on.

Monday July 23 – START – Kass Hall
Tuesday July 24 – Jill Berry
Wednesday July 25 – Rachel Grieg
Thursday July 26 – Sandra Strait
Friday July 27 – Melanie Testa
Saturday July 28 – Ingrid Dijkers
Monday July 30 – Pam Garrison
Tuesday July 31 – Genevieve Crabe
Wednesday August 1 – Traci Bautista
Thursday August 2 – Fran Meneley
Friday August 3 – Jane Davenport
Saturday August 4 – FINISH – Kass Hall (major prize giveaway)


Leave a comment  for a chance to win this map.

(It is black ink on watercolor paper, 7.25″ x 9″. You will have to color it yourself). Tell me a journey you might want to map. Make sure you leave an email address!

On Saturday August 4th, I will pick a random winner.

Good luck and have fun untangling Zentangle!


  1. I am in LOVE with your pine trees! What a great map and such a fun idea! I can’t wait for this book to come out! We are in the process of relocating from PA to MA–I think our move would make a great map and a special memory for our ten year old son (who I’m turning into another zentangle addict!) Email: dawnmaurice@zoominternet.net

  2. I am intrigued by your mapping. I recently went to Europe and I’m trying to do an art journal about our trip using photos, drawing, zentangles, paint, and the maps and bits of paper I saved. I would love to learn your mapping technique and map this journey too.

  3. I, too, think your mapping tangle is great! I particularly love your wine glasses and trees – what a great idea to add memories of your trip to the tangle. Very nice!

  4. I love the idea of using Zentangle in mapping. I am a CZT too and am always interested to see how other people incorporate Zentangle into their own works. And maps are wonderful! What would I map? I would like to map a road trip across country. I’ve never done such a trip, but it sounds like so much fun!

  5. You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!
    What a perfect combo, Jill.

    • HA! I think I did Amanda.

  6. Super map, so inspiring and easy to read, I’ll have to put my tangles to work making my own map. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jill – what a delightful zenmap! I recently (still in the process actually) moved from overseas to the mainland US and have been creating a similar work in my art journal. You are spot on in saying that many of the patterns fit the landscape we passed as we drove from CA to NC. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Amazing! Love the details, the lines, & colors! 😉 Awesome art work!

  9. Brilliant! Truly a wonderful and imaginative combo, using Zentangle in a map. I love this! You continue to amaze me with your talent and creativity!

  10. The idea of doing a map is fantastic and yours illustrates this beautifully. I think it might be fun to tangle a life map. With my classroom we sometimes draw a life map or even a book map – both those ideas could be fun. Hope this is a great tour for Kass.

  11. I love the Map~Zentangle! So much you can do with that. I gotta go and start a map of all my wishes in my CZT7 journal. Awesome! Thank you.

  12. I love both Zentangle and map making, what a great idea! Jill, I just purchased your book and will be using it to work with clients who are trauma survivors–I love it!

  13. It never ceases to amaze me how much difference color makes to the tangles. I still love black and white tangling but I find I am adding color more often these days. I am not an artist per se, so using the markers and colored pencils to their best effect is still something I am learning (thank heavens for the internet and YouTube!) but it is such a fun journey! Learning Zentangle has really changed my opinion of myself as a creative person.

  14. I will map my journey to my friends campingsite in France. Leaving my home in the flowerdistrict I will first stop at the house of a friend, who lives at the border with Belgium. Then I will travel to Antwerp, where an amazing friend lives, who is a hairdresser. And I do need a new hairdo. After that I will ride for 10 hours to come to Keraluic, the campingsite in Brittany France.

  15. I love your mapping idea. I wasn’t aware of your book. Now that I am, I will have to get a copy!

  16. So many interesting lines and designs in your zentangled map. I really like your cactus and wine glass designs. Fantastic Map!!

  17. Great book, great map!!

  18. This is just so awesome, how cool to combine your map making ideas with the zentangle doodle idea! I’m into doodling mandalas right now, also highly recommended fun!

  19. In the late 70’s I took a road trip with one puppy, my nine year old daughter and a significant other up the ALCAN Highway from Kent, Washington to Anchorage Alaska. Black ice, spent nights sleeping in
    our station wagon onward ho. Ten days to get to Anchorage, Alaska, where we took up residence. The most memorable road trip experience of my life.

  20. This is a really neat and creative piece of artwork. I thank you for sharing with us!!Please enter me in the contest – it would be a pretty neat thing to win/own. Peace & Prayers

  21. What a fun “map” I think I’d like to have a go at creating a map of the people & things that make me happy 🙂 Thanks for the chance

  22. Fantastic and creative map! I think I would like to map my first cruise I went on back in January.

  23. I LOVE the map idea!! I think I may give this a try and map the trip my daughter and I took to celebrate her graduation from high school…a river cruise in France. what great motivation!
    Thanks so much for sharing your talent!
    Sue Brailey

  24. I love your map. Tangling has unlocked a whole new part of me and a whole new prospect in art. I am glad so many people are sharing it with the world in as many ways as possible. Thank you for the chance to win your amazing tangle. I really do love it.

  25. I’m planning a move…I’d love to map the journey from my old house to the new one…old territory left behind and new territory to explore…

  26. It’s a beautiful map! I’m so inspired, I want to play hookey from work and draw all day!

  27. Map an upcoming road trip with my friend to LA! The first zentangle I saw in person was a mail art swap…it was amazing…

  28. I love your map! What a great idea to commemorate a trip! Even kids could make one!

  29. I’m always so inspired by how you interpret the world through your art – I’d be honored to frame and hang this piece. Thanks for the offer Jill!

  30. wow.. awesome and very inspirational! ty for sharing

  31. I think the cactus looking bushes are great and this assignment may be an idea for my life coaching. Thank you and the best to anyone who wins theprint!

  32. Jill, Love your Zentangled map to Ghost Ranch! I was at Ghost Ranch earlier in the summer and your map brings back wonderful memories!

  33. Loved the webinar. Would like to be entered in the blog hop giveaway.
    Your map is very inspiritng, also a ZV (zentangle virgin).

  34. I like the black and white stripe running though the map…like the lines down the highway when you’re driving. Really makes it feel like a journey somewhere. And, although I prefer most Zentangles in black and white, I love your map colored in. Thanks for the inspiration!

  35. I’ve tried zentangles a few times, but never thought to add colour. That’s a whole new way of looking at things. Must try it.

  36. Fascinating idea of a Zentangle map! I moved from the southern part of Texas to the west and then to the fort worth area.. I will work on making a map of my travels.

  37. This map is sooooo cool!!!!! As is your blog.

  38. I love your map! I plan on creating my first one next month on my drive from Phoenix, AZ to Yosemite Valley, CA.

  39. Bravo Jill!!!( or should I say Brava????? HINT HINT)
    Love this idea! I’m going to do some Amazon Zentangles now, fromm recent trip! Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. Love the idea of combing the map with zentanglea. brilliant.

  41. I love the combination of mapping and Zentangles. What a lovely piece of art and a great giveaway opportunity. Thanks for the chance to win! I would map my journey to getting involved in mixed media art (artist books, altered books, collages etc.) Should I be the lucky winner of the giveaway please contact me at bkisrael@gmail.com. Thanks so much.

  42. Love the map idea. Can’t wait to read your book as well!

  43. What a great treasure map! So fun to follow all your symbols!

  44. Love your map and the cactus drawings:)

  45. I love the combination of map making and zen tangle. My favorite place to visit (and I hope someday to live) is the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I think I would like to map my journey from Virginia to North Carolina.

  46. First, I love your book, who knew that making a map could be so much fun. I would have loved to have made a map of a summer road trip my sister and I took from Michigan to Montreal and then down the east coast. It was like traveling through a picture. I’m looking forward to taking the CZT class in September. Having fun practicing. It’s fun to be sitting and waiting and start tangling and look up and see how many people have stopped and are watching you.

    • Thank you Karen! I suggest doing a collaborative map with your sister about what you remember of your trip. It is not too late! My sister and mom and I made a map of our neighborhood 48 years ago. We each used a different color of pen (it is on page 92, called “Colored Voices”. I hope you do it and come back to share it.

  47. I don’t journal much, but whatever I would ‘map’ would have to be somehow wooly sheep or dairy goat related!!! hahaha

    • I want to see some Zentangled sheep!

  48. I am thinking a life map, colors and shapes that come easily as I call those times…hmmm!

  49. Thanks for the chance to win. I’d love to see a map from my soul to my dreams 😉 Thanks for the inspiration!

  50. WOW! I love it!

  51. This virtual book tour is great and I love your interpretation of a zentangle map. I’m a new mama and I think I would map my last year from pregnancy to birth to now.

  52. Love your work !!!

  53. My current journey would have hills and valleys and many circles! What an adventure life is…

  54. I would like to map the journey of my success 🙂

  55. That is so cool!!!! I love the artwork! So creative. What a cool way to intertwine your art an Zentangle. Beautiful art. I intermingle Zentangle with my learner “Doodles Unleashed” art and the mixture is fun and beautiful. This fun way of creating has been so therapeutic for me. I look forward to opening up my Sketchbook every day to create and love life!

  56. Thanks for all you do to spread the creative spirit!


  57. I am looking forward to seeing your book! It looks great!

  58. Loved your Zentangle! I have dabbled a little in Zentangles and love them, I can’t wait to see Kass’ book and try to do some more.

  59. I would love to map my recent trip by car from Bangalore to Goa.
    Love the map you’ve created using the art of zentangles and I’ve never seen it in colour – adds a great dimension.

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