Meet the Tangle Island Team

Tangle Island Team
Barb, Jerryann, Nancy, Donna and Linda (Marie is missing from the picture)

Marie Browning became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in Class 4, October 2010. She is also the author of “Time to Tangle with Colors”, the first book on coloring Zentangles published by Design Originals.  Marie’s latest books are ‘Brush Marker Magic’ and ’Pencil Magic’. Marie also contributed to the book “Joy of Zentangle”.
She is a consummate craft designer who has made a career of designing products, writing books and articles, and teaching. As a bestselling author, Marie has written numerous books with over 3 million+ in print, reprinted in ten different languages. Marie is also a Creative Consultant, assisting manufacturers in developing innovative products and identifying new ways to market their products to the craft  consumer. She has taught classes, demonstrated at trade show shows and appeared on TV and videos. Marie is currently the signature designer for American Tombow

Marie was selected by Craftrends trade publication as a “ Top Influential Industry Designer” and you can follow Marie on her blog at or at Her website  is She lives, gardens, crafts and tangles in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island in Canada.

Nancy Dawes is known as NancyD from Crafting Passions in the blog world and just Grandma to 7 grandchildren.  She has been crafting and teaching from the beginning.  She started making her own cards in the mid to late 80’s.  There weren't very many companies making stamps back then, but she had a great time learning every technique as it came along.  Nancy started scrapbooking when her eldest son went off to college in 1996.  It was very therapeutic to scrap and cry (missing him) while she built a scrapbook of his life.  Since that time she has completed a number of scrapbooks and taught dozens to make their own.

Nancy started blogging ( about her cards and scrapbooks January 2011.  It is so much fun to enter challenges and win lots of fun crafting supplies!  Another fun thing about blogging is being asked to design for companies. Nancy has been on six different design teams making and blogging special projects. She even ran a Scenic challenge blog (  She is Copic certified and has taken classes in Tombow water colouring, Stampscapes scene building (from Kevin himself), scrapbook design, and many others.

A new passion for Nancy is Zentangle drawing. She loves it so much and finds it so relaxing that she decided to get certified to teach.  Her training took place in Rhode Island USA in November 2013. She now teaches Zentangle classes at North Island College, Scrapbook Central and from her own studio. 

Linda Gardner became a Certified Zentangle teacher in Class 15. She lives on the West Coast of British Columbia and creativity has been a central part of her life. Exploring mediums as diverse as pottery, quilting, collage, mixed media, journaling, outsider art, and food crafting - the edible art form. Linda has been described as silly and serious, wise and encouraging. Exploring art with her will change how you view your everyday world.  Visit Linda's website

Jerryann Haggart became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in Class 12, October 2013. She has always been involved in creating or teaching art in one way or another. In her university years, she managed to talk the fine arts program into letting her take studio courses as electives, and has explored many different media, including stained glass, carving, oils, acrylics, and watercolors.  She graduated from Queens with a BA & M.Div. and has worked with people in a variety of challenging situations, with a view toward balance and empowerment. As well as spending every available minute either in her home studio or garden, Jerryann currently works part time for SD 72 in the StrongStart Program for children and families.
Jerryann believes everyone is an artist, and getting in touch with the creative nurtures our spirit. For her, art has to be fun, enjoyable and contribute to ones sense of wellbeing. Zentangle was a natural fit, and Jerryann loves the way it helps people open the doors to producing their own artistic expressions. Visit Jerryann's website Tangled Artistry.

Donna Pepper took her CZT training in 2011. Zentangle has made her feel like an artist as never before. She started sewing clothing in high school, then with small children took an upholstery course. From there she went to canvas work, as in boat covers, sail bags, wind scoops, built in upholstered furniture.

Next phase was quilting, what a journey that was. In 1999 she had a stroke which left her right hand and arm semi-paralysed. She thought all her past experience was not of much use but did make small quilted art pieces. Then she happened on Zentangle and a whole new world opened up for her. As they say “Anyone can do it, one step at a time”. 

Barb Round, retired nurse/administrator/teacher and lifelong quilter became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in fall of 2011. She has been working with Vancouver Islanders to unlock their inner artists ever since and has introduced nearly 800 students to the joy of Zentangle in16 different towns (including side trips to Ottawa and Yellowknife). Barb was invited by CZT/authors Bekah Krahula, editor of "500 Tangle Artworks" and Suzanne McNeill, author of Zentangle 11, to contribute art for these new books, which were both released in 2015.

Barb has also hosted several fun 'Play Days' for her students to tangle in various mediums with keen tanglers sharing favourites, insights and ideas. She sees Tangle Island as a similarly fun, confidence building, cross-pollination experience for all attendees.

Last September visitors to Saratoga Beach were delighted to watch tanglers use rakes to create tangles in the sand at low tide, before allowing the sea to reclaim the sand flats. You will also have opportunity to try SandTangles at Tangle Island Retreat.

In the photo, Round (in front of one of her free-motion quilted Zentangle art quilts) shows an Icosahedron (20 sided die) she has made for her students as a creativity prompter. “One of the great things about Zentangle is that you don’t have to do a lot of planning. You fill in one section, then literally roll the die to select the next pattern or 'tangle'. It takes a lot of stress out of the creative process.”

Barb's website is: She lives in Campbell River, the "Salmon Capital of the World" on Vancouver Island.