Artist Focus: May Wu

Last week, I was browsing one of our wonderful Zentangle® Facebook groups, and I came across an amazing piece of art! As I’ve been waiting for some artists for the focus, I thought I’d check out her Facebook page and this is what I found!


Incredible! Right?! This week we have another artist from Taiwan, CZT22, May Wu! She is in the city of Kaohsiung, and with respect to her, I’ll post the Mandarin first and then the English. I am thrilled to feature her here on The Tireless Tangler, and although this post is shorter than most, May is preparing to publish a book with her art included and we didn’t want to give away too much of her work! I’ll be excited to see it when it’s published as her art is stunning and I would love to learn her methodology!

Here is May in her own words. 



2016年4月,我前往波士頓探訪親人,也在Providence 完成了一趟禪繞畫認證之旅,我親自探索了這個令人好奇又不可思議的繪畫世界,之後我成為了第22期的認證敎師(CZT22),Rick及Maria是我的啓蒙老師.




你們可以在FB打上 或是Instagram 打上  @maywuzentangle  找到我 

May Wu

Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


“May Wu ( Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

It was purely by coincidence that I discovered Zentangle. As a career jewelry designer, I was looking for inspirations in a bookstore when a book on Zentangle drew my attention; Simple yet elegant, illogical but beautiful, the illustrations opened a new world for me. I have never looked back since.

As a professional Jewelry Appraiser and Designer, I am always looking to be precise and accurate. The freedom that Zentangle gives me is liberating. I love how easy it is to express yourself through the art form and how accessible this art is to the masses. As long as one is focused on the moment, anyone can create a masterpiece.

Three years after the fateful discovery, I was certified in April 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island during CZT22. My passion has taken me across the oceans and I am forever appreciative of Rick and Maria for showing me the way.

Now, even though I am still a Jewelry Designer/Appraiser, I have found joy in introducing Zentangle to the public, and I teach and share my joy in my corner of the world, in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

I tend to bring my knowledge from Jewelry design into my artwork, and I apply the Zentangle method in ZIA along with the unique way I draw my gems. It is a style that defines me, and I really love to explore what I can create. The style reflects who I am and my professional training.

Everyone can create art, and Zentangle gives me a tool to do that together with my students. It is gratifying to see people brimming with joy and satisfaction from what they have created. I hope to bring more beauty into the world we live in, one Zentangle at a time.

You can find me on [ @maywuzentangle ] or []. I am working on a book which will detail my methodology and feature some of my best works, so stay tuned!”





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Diva Challenge 356

Welcome back to! Before we start the challenge tiles I’m excited to let you know about the new Artist Focus out tomorrow on Taiwan’s May Wu! She is amazing and I can’t wait to share some of her art with you all!

The Diva Challenge this week was to use our name as a String! How much fun! If you’d like to join the Diva Challenge each week, you can find Diva, Laura Harms, here on her blog at Of course, my crazy perfectionist streak was alive and well so I took 2 tries this week. While I’m not really pleased with either, I did find a few good things to like on each tile. Here they are! Can you tell which one I took at night!? 😂

Diva Challenge 355 and the New Kitchen Table Tangle!

Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! It’s time for this week’s Diva Challenge and Laura, the Diva herself, challenged us to use the Tangle “Verve”, deconstructed by JJ LaBarbera. The step out is here on JJ’s blog, TinkerTangles.

I enjoyed Verve, although I’d never used it before, it was easy and fun to use and I suspect it will show up often now! Here are 2 tiles with Verve 😊

Next, I’m so excited to be able to bring you these videos now! Kitchen Table Tangles is absolutely one of my favorite things in this life! It’s basically a personal Zentangle lesson from Zentangle® founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas! It’s always about basic Zentangle values and basic tangles with a new flair or a new idea woven into them. Today Zentangle ® Mosaic released this new video on YouTube called “Articulated Molygon”. Enjoy this new version of molygon and I’m excited to see everyone’s art! #articulatedmolygon

Diva Challenge 354 and a Freehand Celtic Knot Tutorial!

Hi everyone! Welcome back to where Zentangle and freedom of expression rule! This week was a UMT (Use My Tangle) week at casa diva and we used a pattern called Siri by the lovely Simone Menzel, CZT! You can find Simone on her blog “SimTangle” here. Of course, our one and only Diva can be found on her blog I enjoyed Siri very much and loved the variation possibilities with the corner flares and inner figures. Lots of fun!



Last week, some of you may remember I did this tile with a stylized Celtic Knot on it. Many were interested in this tutorial on how I’ve been making easy free-hand Celtic knots. This is it! There is as always, room for improvement, but I’m making progress! I’ve done extensive research on Celtic Knots and I haven’t seen anyone else approach them in this way, although the weaving over/under technique remains essentially the same, the stacked diamond technique is mine I think.

I’m very interested in feedback! This knot is called the “Celtic Cross-stitch”. I would like to do a mini-series on these as I’m Irish and they’ve always fascinated me! I would like to invite you all to share your tangled knots with me here or using #tangledcelticknots

I’ll see you next week for a classic Celtic knot form!

Diva Challenge Tile 353 – Heart Zendala

Hello and welcome back to the weekly Diva Challenge! This week is the last of the February heart strings and we were challenged to use a heart string on a zendala tile. I didn’t have one, so I cut one from a stiff A4 envelope. Since I have been working with celtic Knots a lot lately, it didn’t surprise me that a heart shaped celtic knot appeared as my string!

Here’s my Challenge Tile 353! Happy Tangling!

It’s a String Thing Challenge 231 with Eni Oken’s Blue Sky

I’m finally caught up enough to do the It’s a String Thing challenge this week! Luckily, Eni Oken released a new Blue Sun video lesson the day after the challenge came out and they dovetailed perfectly! Here’s the string with inspiration from the Olympics. The 3 tangles were Golven ( G for gold), Sand Swirl (S for silver) and Barney ( B for Bronze). I’m not sure my tile kept the idea of the Olympics or not but the string was perfect for the Blue Sun lesson from Eni Oken! I used a Bristol vellum tile and a mixture colored pencil and Sakura Pigma Micron and Sakura gelly roll Moonlights. It’s another great lesson for Art Club!

I haven’t been very plugged into Facebook lately, mostly due to behind the scenes work on a new Freeform Celtic Knot Tutorial. It’s almost ready and will include a free pdf with extra Knot configurations! I’m pretty excited to teach it as it has quickly turned very zenful to draw for me. Be sure to check back soon!

Diva Challenge 352

Welcome back! It’s time for the weekly diva challenge and I’m grateful to have it finished early this week! In keeping with her heart “strings” in February, the Diva challenged us to used nested hearts this week. Basically, one heart string inside another heart string. The challenge flowed easily this week and here is my tile. The pattern on the heart is Lily Moon’s Drogon. This has been a “go-to” tangle for me for quite some time and I use it constantly! On the hollibaugh stripes is a half shattuck, and 2 variations on my Marito pattern. I finished off with Printemps, Apcross (Step-out in the menu above), and a background pattern I learned from one of Eni Oken’s lessons (Treasure Frames I believe).

My pattern Marito can be found in the pattern Menu above, as well as a video step out with added embellishments you can find right here! Thanks for stopping by!

Diva Challenge 351 AND Kitchen Table Tangles with Rick and Maria

Diva Challenge 351 came very late this week. I should have been inspired by the Olympics but I lost focus when trying to tangle the rings! It became more about weaving the rings and not the Olympic games. I eventually got it but I didn’t feel it represented games, instead it became about the result. Bad tangling karma, yet it happens!

Here’s my finished (finally!) tile.

I love the Kitchen Table Tangles video series published via YouTube by Zentangle ® founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas! I always finish in a better mood than I started and I always gain a different perspective on whatever tangle or technique they present. They usually stay with the basic tangles but then help you to see it in a completely different way. This video is called Wholly Hollibaugh and talks about a new way to tangle the Zentangle ® Original pattern, Hollibaugh. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!


Diva Challenge 350: UMT Rimana

The first Monday of the month is the Diva’s “Use My Tangle” (UMT) week, where she chooses a tangle developed by one of her blog followers. The Diva can be found at February’s UMT tangle is Rimana, by one of my most favorite tanglers and Zentangle®️Mosaic friends, Nadine Roller, found here on her wonderful blog “Tangle dich glücklich” (Tangle yourself happy! (translation is probably happily, but I think I got it right! 😉).  Nadine is one of the kindest, most encouraging people I’ve met in the Zentangle community, and I loved her post on this tangle, whose name came from a grateful mix of RIck (Roberts), MAria (Thomas), and NAdine’s (RIMANA) names. (Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas are the founders of The Zentangle®️ Method) It’s about finding the joy and gratitude in one’s life in the small things. I highly recommend giving it a read. The post is in German but carefully translated into English as well.

Congratulations Nadine! It couldn’t have made me happier to give your tangle a try! I’ll be adding this to my stem tangles (zinger, mooka, pokeleaf, etc).

Diva Challenge #349

Hi everyone! Welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! This will be a short post as I dont want to distract from the artist focus I published yesterday! This week the diva, Laura Harms challenged us to use the new Zentangle ® official Tangle called Rumpus! You might be asking, why Rumpus? Because Rick and Maria’s granddaughter Indy “just likes the word”! Its a good enough reason for me!

Take a minute and enjoy the Zentangle video on how to Tangle Rumpus!


I worked on a square Renaissance tile this week and stayed pretty much with the standard Tangle. I like this tangle but I couldn’t figure out (yet) how to make it my own!

Here’s my tile!