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Saturday, August 6, 2016

TechnoGranny Show, Zentangle, Relaxing Benefits of Rhythmic Art

Zentangle, Relaxing Benefits of Rhythmic Art

   Jan Steinle began her journey as an artist 40 years ago upon graduation from theIvy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh.  She spent the next several years creating store decor and displays for various clothing retailers, after which I took time off from my art career to raise my three children. During that time she built a network marketing business with her husband that ultimately generated a million dollars in annual sales.  Towards the end of those decades. She became a Creative Memories Scrapbooking Consultant, and later co-owned a custom picture framing shop in Pittsburgh with her sister Carole.  In 2014, she discovered and fell in love with the Zentangle® art form, becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in April 2015.

Talking Points

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  The ‘process’ is the focus, not the finished piece of art - that’s just a wonderful side benefit.

one of Jan's Tangles

The Zentangle method is a fun and unique art form centered on creative design and the relaxing benefits of rhythmic art.  It can be learned and mastered quickly, even by individuals inexperienced with drawing. 

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Completed Zentangle pieces are distinct in their intentional, step-by-step pattern development and characterized by repetitive strokes, intricate lines, and abstract shapes.

The Zentangle method promotes mindful meditation through a simple, calming state of focus that naturally reduces anxiety and imparts a sense of well-being.  The numerous benefits of creating Zentangle art have made this method a fast-growing trend with schools, businesses, psychologists, medical professionals, physical therapists, artists, crafters, and imaginative individuals around the world.

Beam of Light by SanGenWoman
Even beginners can successfully complete projects after just one class.  Everything required is inexpensive and portable, allowing it to be done anywhere.  This approach can be used in stress-reducing seminars for employees, become a life changing tool for achieving mindful meditation, or simply become an avenue into the world of art.

Potential benefits may include:
-     minimize stress and anxiety
-     encourage creativity and imagination
-     increase brain function, focus, and patience
-     develop hand-eye coordination, problem solving, fine motor control, and handwriting skills
-     support medication-free pain management

- Mission as a CZT is to share this meditative practice, empowering people to discover and embrace their inner creativity.  I taught a 6-week Zentangle course last year at the Community College of Allegheny County (North Campus), where I will be teaching again this fall starting on Sept 7th, and conducted workshops at the North Hills Art Center on Babcock Blvd, which I also plan to do again this fall. 

-    In addition, Jan conducts Home Workshops for folks where they can invite their friends in for a fun and relaxing get together.  I also offer Private One-on-One Instruction.

-    More recently I have been looking for companies or organizations that would like to introduce Zentangle as part of a Health and Wellness, or ‘Stress-Reducing’ workshop.  For example, this weekend I worked with the founder of Hope Grows, a non-profit organization formed to support Caregivers.  More and more, folks are being called upon to help in the care for their loved ones, in particular middle age boomers who are part of the ‘Sandwich Generation”, frequently caught between helping both children and aging parents at the same time.

-    As I continue to teach Zentangle and develop myself as an artist, I collaborate with my sister on various Social Media platforms to help support the Caregivers around the world under the name SanGenWoman.  My sister Carole (who also loves to ‘tangle’) does most of the writing (including a Blog), and we both contribute Zentangle Inspired Art.  (SanGenWoman is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you can visit for links to all our Social Media)

Carole recently published an E-Book, and will publish a print version soon, based on her experience caring for my mom, called ‘The Artistry of Caregiving’.  The Cover Artwork is mine.


pictures Jan's Tangles picture

-    To help share our artwork, Carole and I put together an online store with close to 150 images.    

You can order prints (framed or unframed) on paper, metal, canvas and acrylic.  You can also order the images on Cell Phone Covers, Tote Bags, Apparel, Greeting Cards, & Home Decor Items, including Towels (cool, new addition is a large Round Beach Towel).

I can also do Custom Portraits - family members, pets, homes, or special vacation spots are all options!

Pittsburgh, PA  Sept. 15                        
(Xtaza in the Strip District)

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Recently, I was invited to participate in the upcoming Pittsburgh RAWartists Showcase.  RAWartists .org is an independent arts organization for artists, by artists.  An international community made up of creative individuals across the globe.

RAWartists Mission:  to provide independent artists with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. RAW ventures to provide the platform for these artists to be seen, heard, and loved.

RAWartists Showcase:  for indie talent in visual art, film, fashion design, music, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography.
RAW is a fun and alternative way for artists to showcase globally online, and locally in over 60 cities across the US, Australia, Canada and the UK!


Jan Steinle
CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher)

Online Store:
Instagram: @Tangled_Bee

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