Do you ever get to the point where your brain is just mush and you can barely concentrate?
Have you ever found yourself trying to concentrate on what a speaker is saying and you can not remember any of it?
Do you sometimes need to just clear your mind of all things that running wildly in your imagination and causing you to not be able to concentrate on anything?
If so, then Zentangle is for you! What the heck?
Well, take the word apart. Zen. Tangle.
Yeah, right. I am not into the “school of Zen” as it is practiced by Buddhists. I’m a good old Southern Baptist girl. So don’t let that part scare you.
Then you have Tangle. Funny that I am suggesting “tangling” to untangle your mind. Well, this tangle is done with a pen or pencil. Like a doodle.
Put them together and you have a doodle that calms you down. Slows you down. Helps you to unwind. And creates beauty in the process.
How does this work? It is quite simple. A tangle is not planned. It does not have erased lines. It is about a drawing that is representational, but exact. From Zentangle.com: “The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.”
Start by drawing a small box about 3″X3″ Then section it of into 4 parts. But not with perfectly straight lines! Then just start adding different patterns to each box. You can be as creative as you like. Or you can just do simple patterns.
Check out the one that I did for this post. It took me about ten minutes. It is NOT one of my best, but it will serve to show you how to get started.
Notice that my box is not straight. No worries.
My lines are not straight. That was the plan!
Circles, swirlies, slashes and lines.
There are no special supplies needed, although there are tons of different pens that you can purchase. All you really need is a piece of paper and a pen. Then in a few spare minutes and you have yourself a Zentangle.
Most of the time, I try to use either Micron pens or Sharpie fine point. The Micron pens are the most recommended, as they come in a variety of tip sizes. However, if you don’t want to invest that much, I would just go for the Sharpies.
I have included links to several Zentangle inspiration pages and the official Zentangle website below.
I really hope you try it. And I hope it makes you feel a little more zen. Or relaxed, if that suits you more! 🙂
Here are a few more examples:
You can also add color if you like:
Works/images from the following pages: