What is the Zentangle Method?

A drawing technique suitable for novices and seasoned artists alike, a method of building complex images from the repetition of simple patterns. Applied carefully, Zentangle yields an impressively elaborate finished product composed of a few hundred effortless pen strokes.

Want to de-stress with beautiful creativity?  Think you can’t draw? Try some creative fun with the Zentangle® Method……

By drawing simply with a pen, it gives focus and a perspective and a creative approach to mindfulness. By using deliberate lines, it is easy to reach a calm rhythm with flow, and be creative. It’s an easy to learn, relaxing, fun and comforting way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

The secret of Zentangle? At its heart, Zentangle is all about being in the moment. You are focusing on a deliberate line or element not zoning out. You are paying attention to your current task – that particular tangle within a known section size.  As you get into a flow in your own style – with the known steps to follow, it pushes away worries and distractions. There is no worry of what it ‘should’ look like, the art is unrepresentative. The drawing unfolds in an unplanned yet structured way, and each person’s work comes out differently. It’s a great way to encourage creativity. A fantastic meditative tool.

Is it just doodling? No, the process isn’t about watching your line grow in a random absent-minded fashion, it’s about using deliberate strokes in a repetitive forms to gain a focus. There are borders and boundaries put in place to help you focus on drawing the next elemental line.  Each tangle follows different steps, done with purpose and intent, which continually adds to the artwork.

It’s different, because unlike other artistic methods (you are not copying, referring back to instructions, following a guide or a model), and have the freedom of not having a planned outcome, but some excellent guidelines and processes which allows you to focus on the lines, as well as increase self confidence in your artistic expression. Zentangle 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 ideal for those who want to experience mindfulness in a creative way.

Many people who don’t always connect with traditional meditation enjoy the Zentangle process because it combines an activity with relaxation.

Why is it suitable for relaxing? Because it’s an intuitive art form and active meditation, when you are tangling, you’re not stressed about what you’re drawing. Once you follow the formula for a particular pattern, the process is easy to repeat. You can choose to draw simple tangles or build more complicated ones.  It requires no pre-existing artistic ability or craft skills, and needs only minimal tools and supplies. You’ll find you’re not forcing yourself to meditate, it’s like mindfulness for fidgets.

  • 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
  • and just have fun drawing

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
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