Dear tanglers.

I posted a new write-up about tangling with ballpoint pen. As promised, I compared the 2 brands: BIC and STAEDTLER. Click here to read more.

Should you not want to get involved in the discussion about the Zentangle® blog post “Seriously”, then please do not read any further. Tangling should be fun and not create arguments.

I never intended to respond publicly to the Zentangle® blog post, especially not since my lawyer advised me against it. It seems as if I have no choice, but to share my point of view.

In order to keep my own record, I shall now post the original emails that started this discussion. And I quote the email I received in full:

Dear Ina,

After numerous people expressed their concern about your “Certified CPT Coach” training program, I looked at your website and your publications. It appears to us and to our legal advisors that you wrongly traded off the goodwill of the Zentangle Method and brand. Your extensive use of our copyrighted materials (including our step-out instructions) and your certification of coaches to teach our copyrighted materials require a response from us.

We are prepared to respond.

Before we respond, I prefer to have a conversation with you. There are several issues to address. The first issue to address is your program to certify coaches to teach our intellectual property which you misrepresent as your own.

Among other actions, I request that you:

End your coach training program

Remove your list of “Certified CPT Coaches”

Close your “Coaches only!” Facebook group and delete all entries

Close your “Students and coaches” Facebook group and delete all entries

Announce via your primary Facebook page (/TangleItPatternClub) . . . the wording of which we can work on together:

that you have ended your “Certified CPT Coach” program

that “Certified CPT Coach” status does not authorize them to use Zentangle Intellectual Property in CPT classes. This essentially means that they no longer can teach CPT as the essence of CPT is the Zentangle Method.

I look forward to discussing this with you. Please respond via email to by 5pm, June 6, 2018 EST (GMT -5).

Thank you,

Rick Roberts

And here is my answer:

Dear Rick.
Thank you for contacting CPT and expressing interest in our certification.
First and foremost, please do not confuse CPTs way of creative drawing with your copyrighted method of teaching, as these are entirely different approaches as you would know. We also clearly distance ourselves from any other group as you log into our website. We also do not refer to any other methods or brands in any of our online offerings and listings. Our CPT coach program was established to enable the teaching of creative drawing, based on fundamental research. We will not honor your request to terminate out CPT coach program and to close our groups as these have nothing in common with your certification program but represent our methodologies. Such information exchange is vital to progress beyond the ‘mindful drawing’ philosophy. We at CPT endeavor our clients to progress, explore their mental freedom and experience the sweetness of success and improvement.
We take the liberty to publish this correspondence in our Facebook group as there is no disclaimer in your email suggesting otherwise.
Kind regards,
Ina Sonnenmoser
Diese E-Mail, einschließlich sämtlicher übertragenen Dateien, ist vertraulich und für die ausschließliche Verwendung durch die Personen oder das Unternehmen vorgesehen, an die/das sie adressiert ist. Sollten Sie diese E-Mail fälschlicherweise erhalten haben, benachrichtigen Sie bitte den Absender und löschen Sie diese E-Mail inklusive der Anhänge und jegliche gegebenenfalls davon existierende Kopie. Vielen Dank.

Use Google Translate for the last paragraph – my email program is set to ‘german’ and includes this text automatically:

This e-mail, including all transferred files, is confidential and intended for the exclusive use of the persons or company to whom it is addressed. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender and delete this e-mail including the attachments and any copies that may exist. Many Thanks.

This response resulted in a personal attack on the public blog on the Zentangle® website. For 2 months I waited for a response from the lawyers. My legal advisers recommended to finally send the letter claiming damages for defamation of character. Before I do such a thing, I wanted to give Rick the opportunity to remedy this situation.

Dear Rick.

So far I have not received a reply to my message posted 2 months ago.
My lawyer advised me against replying to your blog post dated June, 1st 2018.

I herewith request a public apology on your blog and removal of the blog post within 7 business days. Alternatively, you will face a lawsuit for defamation of character.

Kind regards,
Ina Sonnenmoser


In response to this, the original blog post from Rick was ‘modified’ and still leaves many misconceptions open that I want to clear up.

Anyone following the CPT journey will understand when I say that Creative Pattern Tangling and the Zentangle® method have only one thing in common: Drawing patterns! Because both methods are so different, I never bothered comparing them side by side.

  • The goal of Creative Pattern Tangling is to activate dormant and new brain cells. CPT is a method to engage the right hemisphere of the brain in order to increase creativity and imagination. During CPT tanglers experience the mental state of Flow – a state of complete immersion in an activity in which powerful chemicals are produced in the brain.
  • A typical CPT session begins with a smile. Keep that smile on your face for a minimum of 30 seconds. This will produce ‘happiness chemicals’ in your brain.

The Zentangle® method (Quote from “The Book of zentangle” by Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas ISBN-13: 978-0-9859614-0-4 currently available on Amazon at US$45,20)
The basic steps to the Zentangle method are: 1. Gratitude and Appreciation. Take a few deep breaths and give yourself several moments to feel gratitude and appreciation.

The Zentangle® focus is on meditation, not on brain development.

  • In CPT we begin by picking a shape – this could be a circle, drop, heart, loop, C-Shape, S-Shape, circle, bracket etc.

Please note: The list includes the typical shapes that the Zentangle® method uses. Is this a ‘stolen’ idea? There must be a reason why nobody can claim a copyright on a shape!

  • The next step is to apply a technique to this shape.

I have not seen anything like this mentioned anywhere in books published by Zentangle® nor on their blog. By analyzing patterns I came to the conclusion that all patterns are made up of shapes and techniques.

  • By playing around a tangler will create their own pattern to use when creating artwork. CPT will teach people how to create patterns, the Zentangle® method does not teach that at all. This method will only teach how to follow step-by-step instructions and not how to create your own pattern.

In Zentangle® you deconstruct patterns – you do not create your own.

  • One of the numerous techniques is ‘replacing shapes‘ on existing patterns.

Zentangle® refers to this as creating a tangleation. In CPT this is only one of many options, not the entire method. The “replace technique” is taught in detail right here.

  • Materials used in CPT can range from using fineliners (pigment pen) to ballpoint pen, graphite or colored pencil. Use anything you have at hand. Using pigment pens does not make your CPT session a Zentangle® session! Draw on anything – from paper to cardboard, shoes, canvas – You can draw on anything, anywhere, with any pen or brush or pencil.

And if you happen to draw on a square artist tile, it still does not mean that you practice the Zentangle® method.

  • Practice and improve. CPT shows you how to improve, provides practice sheets and puts you on the path to perfect your drawings.

The Zentangle® method teaches the exact opposite: Embrace your mistakes. The outcome is not important.

Furthermore, I would like to point out that the Grid Journey (Zentangle® refers to as Reticula and Fragments) began with a blog post dated January 2016. The Zentangle® Primer (published in March 2016) renamed the block of a grid to “fragment” and the grid itself to “reticula”.

Actually, there are too many differences to list them all.


Furthermore, in the Zentangle® blog post a lot of information has been quoted out of context. To set the record straight, I shall include the full paragraphs and not pick individual sentences.


How much does it cost and how much do CPT coaches pay?

  • Registration: US$1
  • Ongoing fees: Create your own teaching material and you pay NOTHING! Use the material that I provide, you pay $1 for each reprint of each .pdf that I created. If you use my material, but don’t charge for a class: Pay NOTHING.

In addition, I would like to mention that CPT is a new concept currently under development. CPT coaches work together as a team. Things change – The current CPT coaches prefer a printed book instead of printing their own .pdf’s for example. That was not my decision, but theirs. Anyone can teach themselves CPT for free by following the write-ups on Any eBooks available for purchase serve only one purpose: To contribute to the running cost of the website. I am in the fortunate position that I have no need to make a living out of my hobby.

Do I need to compare the cost to the Zentangle® method? Why has money become the big subject of this matter?

And why do I feel forced to justify my actions? People attacking me personally for providing information about patterns and Creative Pattern Tangling for free? Many are unaware that they can teach without a certification or that anyone can create a certification. You cannot teach the Zentangle® method without certification, that is correct. You can teach doodling or your own method of meditative drawing without certification. You can even teach CPT without certification! You cannot call yourself a certified CPT coach without certification though. Neither can you use my material – write your own and you’re okay! There is no copyright on patterns, shapes, signing your artwork, drawing a frame in pencil etc. (More information on this topic can be found on the blog: and /

Who was the first to start doodling/tangling? Was it Nadia Russ? Was it Carol Edmonston? Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas? Or was it a caveman that we never even heard of? Is this relevant information for people that just want to draw?

Who drew the first Flower of Life (or Fife as it is called by tanglers)? Who created the first step-out for Huddy’s Doodle – was it the author of the book “Experiments in optical illusions” published in 1951? (tanglers call this pattern Paradox)

The fact is, anyone can redraw any step-out. If you are not happy to share your information for free, then do not post it on the internet. Feel free to copy any of the patterns that I created, use them, play with them, get inspired by them. I feel honored and I am glad that I was able to help. Mention my name if you want, or don’t. It’s up to you. I did not create a pattern step-out to make money or become famous. Maybe you doodled around and came up with the exact same idea as I did? Good on you! Don’t feel guilty. If you happen to have learned to create your own pattern through Creative Pattern Tangling, then I am happy to have achieved what I was set out to do. And many pattern designers probably used CPT before I gave it the name. Go ahead, get angry and call me whatever for providing this information for free. I did not invent pattern creation. Nor did I invent the color wheel, or pencil and paper, or shapes used to draw patterns.

Like many of you, I have been doodling since my childhood. Through links on pinterest, I stumbled across pattern step-outs. Enthusiastically I joined various Facebook groups that were recommended. Immediately I began drawing step-outs for patterns I had designed during my school days. Then I began the exploration of the origins of patterns, how are patterns made up, how can I create interesting patterns. Eventually, I created the website and provided a platform for like-minded people to share their patterns. To ensure that the website does not publish duplicate patterns, I continued collecting step-outs like many of you do right now. I bought all the books that contained patterns – many Zentangle® books too – not because of the method, rather because I was obsessed with patterns. I do not understand the fuzz that is made about patterns: Is it my pattern or your pattern? Nobody owns a pattern anyway.

Of course, you begin picking up terms and phrases when surrounded by people that practice Zentangle®. Together with friends, we published even a few books – the Tangle It! series. One of the authors happened to be a CZT. As a CZT this person was allowed to write about the method. Afraid of losing her CZT title when Rick emailed the first threatening letter, this person retreated from the Facebook group and the pattern-collections website. Just another tangler that doesn’t want to get into any legal disputes – understandably. Please note that any publication where the website or I associate with the Zentangle® method prior to June 2018 have been published (for example Artist Focus) at a time when a CZT was actively involved. Because I no longer want to be associated in any way with Zentangle®, the printed books are available no longer.

It appears you cannot use terms you learned by reading books, blogs or Facebook postings in your correspondence and write-ups.


My final words are this: I am glad that Rick did not remove the entire blog post, but rather continues to keep the fire going. People can now judge for themselves who is after money, money, money. I for one welcome ALL tanglers to my website. This is not a CZT versus CPT argument. I want to draw patterns, share ideas, share my knowledge. As a community, we inspire each other. This argument about who invented what and when has taken up way too much of my time (which I rather use to share my knowledge). The entire argument has turned people away from tangling. And that is sad.

Inform yourself before you reply and share an uninformed guess like Rick did in his postscript:

I did not insinuate anything. There was no attack coming from my side. I did not question who was the first person that had the idea. And I honestly don’t really care about who had the idea to draw lines or shapes on a piece of paper. This blog post about Carol Edmonston is from another blogger. However, it’s a nice touch to add this to the bottom of the current ‘updated’ version of “Seriously”.

I have no need to quote out of context. Here is a straight screenshot of the original blog post that most probably caused the big rift between tanglers.

Now fire away, you angry people. I do not ask the community to pick sides or encourage them to bully anyone (I am sure I misunderstand the above statement like the many other readers of the ‘Seriously’ blog did).

Sadly, any reference to this particular method of meditative drawing creates a bitter taste in my mouth now.

The CPT coaching program will reopen this Saturday, August 4th, 2018. Limited spaces are available as I won’t teach 100 people at the same time.

And now I shall sit down, smile and create a new pattern to use in my next artwork.


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