Mapping in Zentagle, and a new book!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Arty Cartophiles, Giveaways, Mapping Techniques | 31 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. As a Zentangle virgin myself, I would love purchase this book it really sounds like what I need. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I would love to map my journey to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and my hikes through the craters and lava tubes on the Big Island!
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    Love what you did combining your map and zentangle skills, Jill!

  3. Terrific map!!!

  4. I would love to (and should) map our trip to Rome, Florence and Venice!

  5. Thank you for participating in Kss’ Hop, otherwise I might have never ‘found’ you and your wonderful technique. I love maps, even in this day of GPSs…

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  7. Love all you mapping journeys! This one is fab. Inspiring!

  8. very cool map. I’ve had the enjoyment of trying zentangles. great way to do something creative and unwind! I would love to map our trip to Oahu and Maui. that’s our most recent trip :)

  9. Wow, Jill! I’d say you’ve mastered Zentangles and then some. Love especially the color you added. Thanks for sharing about Kass’s book. I have been trying to figure out how to go to the next level with my Zentagles and make them part of my mixed media art. This post has given me some food for thought.

  10. Fun map! I might want to map our morning walk – we see something new every day!

  11. I’ve never actually tried zentangling. Looks fascinating!

  12. I am going to map a recent bucket list adventure we just did. We went Zip Lining! It was something that was going to be a once in a life time adventure, but we liked it so much we are going to go back in the fall where the mountain turns to vibrant reds and yellows!

  13. love how you combined zentangles with maps … also really loving your interviews with rice … keep up those conversations … they spur me on to create more … :)

  14. I too am a ‘zentangle virgin’, but LOVE them. If this was your first map – I am more than humbled by your talent – it’s stunning.

    • Pat, I make maps all the time, that is what my book is about. I have never done Zentangle before, but I have made maps. It was fun!

  15. I’ve never done real Zentangling either, just doodling, but I’d like to learn more about it. Your blog post definitely inspired me to do a zentangle-esque styled map of the cabin and area around it that we rent for vacations in North Carolina – cherries for the cherry tree meadow, trees for the pasture..oh yes!

  16. I’d love to try mapping and zentangling, Jill, your description of your process was very inspiring. I have a beautiful commute through the Vermont hills, to 4 small elementary schools where I teach art, I think it would be fun to do a map of the route.

  17. This is so beautiful! I want to learn it! I want to try it! Oh my.

  18. Love your Zentangle map! Can’t wait to see the new book. I have been doing Zentangles for ages. I found them online 5 yrs ago while looking for ideas to teach in my art class room to high school students to keep them busy and intrigued the last two weeks of school. I would map the journey of learning about the new small town, Jefferson, Ga & country surrounding where we just moved in December.

  19. I love this! I use both mapping and zentangle when working with clients who are survivors of trauma. Both allow for so much personalization, creativity and prompts for discussion!

  20. I’ve been noodling a sort of life journey map for a long time now, maybe a series of some kind or a map journal . .

  21. LOVE the map! Great idea

  22. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. would love to win..

  23. Great map…wonderful Zentangle….Kass and Jill are bringing a family together under a tangled map….wonderful JOB!

  24. That is incredible! I must find a copy of this book. Thanks Jill!

  25. zentangle a map of an upcoming trip to LA. looks like fun!

  26. All of us were new to Zentangles at some point, and no matter how long you have worked with them, there is always something new to see. Remember it’s the journey not the destination.

  27. Hi Jill, I’d map out 1/4 mile path through pines, wildflowers, and all sorts of interesting tiny life! Hope all is well with you. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Mary R

  28. I love maps. I never thought to map a personal experience.
    I would think it is very therapeutic since you must let go of your inner chatter.

    Zentangels seems to add an additional abstract dimension.
    I always tend to doddle (mostly during phone conferences at work), and unknowingly, some of the patterns are similar to Zentangels.

    I think I would like to experiment and map my inner struggle with ADHD.

  29. Jill,

    Great map! I have zentangled for awhile now, but never thought of adding it to a map. Super piece! Love it! I think is is also fun that zentangle has become a verb.

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