What is the Zentangle Method?

The Zentangle® Method is practicing mindfulness through drawing.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being.

The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over the world, across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. Based on the belief that life is an art form, the Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. Ildica would describe it as practising mindfulness through drawing.

The method  was conceived within a set structure, which allows the participant to be creative whilst experiencing feelings of timelessness, freedom, well being and complete focus.  Ideal for those who want to experience mindfulness in a creative way. It’s easy, fun, relaxing and playful, calming and accessible.

Various words used to describe the practice are non- representational, unplanned image, unhurried deliberate strokes, total absorption, unique and original – without any regrets.  You will leave with a clear understanding that, “Anything is possible one stroke at a time.”®

From Zentangle.com’s own literature they describe the Zentangle method as:

  • Enjoyable and easy
  • An accessible art form for children and adults
  • Cross training for artists
  • Relaxing
  • A mindfulness exercise
  • A tool
  • A simple way to discover new perspectives
  • A valuable life skill

You can use the Zentangle Method to:

  • Stimulate creativity
  • Improve focus
  • Keep a personal journal
  • Enhance existing skills
  • Develop a new skill
  • Change your mood
  • Increase confidence
  • Create beauty
  • Inspire new ideas

A Zentangle creation is:

  • Unplanned, its results will surprise you
  • Without up or down – can be viewed and drawn in any orientation
  • Abstract (non-representational), a collection of patterns – not a drawing of something
  • Can be drawn with either hand
  • Small enough to complete in 15 minutes (although you can take as long as you like)
  • Portable
  • A non-verbal journal entry
  • Not limited by technology
  • A treasured work of art