Hi, I'm Yvonne. Welcome to Ywestart!
I started Zentangle in 2013, but was a maker/crafter/artist for decades before that (thank you Grandma's!).
These days, no matter where I am in the world, you'll never find me without my Zentangle tools…a pen, pencil, and a square piece of paper. My creative spirit finds ways to express itself in the process of each pen stroke and my brain finds a quiet space to focus.
My passion for art is my Y, and I invite you to put pen to paper or dip a brush in colour and find the calm in the creative process.
Let this by your Y too! Join me in a workshop or let’s work together to curate an event for your group.
With creative grandmothers to guide her, Yvonne started creating at the age of 3. She attended art school in the 90's and in 2013 became a Certified Zentangle teacher. After suffering from a brain injury in 2017, Yvonne found that Zentangle was the one thing that brought a calmness and helped her heal.
Let's work together! I offer individual courses, workshops and offer a number of custom group or corporate events. Learn more here:
Hi Yvonne, I just wanted to say thank you again for the fun and informative class yesterday afternoon - you have a great and astute teaching ability and style. I’d hoped in some small way to get my mother interested in something that will help her focus, distress, sharpen the mind and be fun to do… the Zentangling is a copied-for solution and the result a home run. She loved learning from you and you handled her resistance and ego perfectly.
- Ann P.
I appreciate the knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement you consistently lead with in each of your classes. Thank you!
- Marcia D.
…you made a huge impression on one of the ladies who took the Zentangle workshop here at Heart House. She has been creating Zentangles almost every day and even made cards.
…an excellent instructor. She was able to break down what we were doing to make it simple. No judgment or pressure.
- Kathy R.
Coordinator of Recruitment & Training, Heart House Hospice
…very happy as this workshop gives our mind relaxation from regular stress of life. I am surprised that I am able to sketch well. Even though zentangle seems complicated, you make it easy. Your explanation and steps are excellent in teaching. Thanks for being a wonderful teacher.
- Saroja K.
Yvonne comes with much skill and passion for mindfulness and made all feel welcome and comfortable. She is an excellent instructor - made it easy peazy and wonderful sense of humour to boot! I wish I had booked her for longer sessions for our company’s team day. She accommodated our large group and really gave us confidence to create something beautiful. Thanks Yvonne!
- Lisa M.
Clinical Manager, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Thank you so very much for sharing your talents with our clients! Everyone appreciates it and they were excited about what they had created and were able to take home!
- Charlotte S.
Community Support Worker, Canadian Mental Health Association