Zentangle, Zendoodles - What Are They?


'Deliberate Doodles' - Perhaps, but so much more...

People have been doodling for years... well at least since the invention of the telephone! Haven't you sometimes been quite surprised at seeing the results of your mindless marks? Zentangles aren't really doodling in that way but they are created similarly; building up a design by completing small sections at a time. These small sections, or blocks of pattern are called 'tangles'.

The term 'Zentangle' was coined by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts when Maria, a calligraphic artist, found that she was creating designs while her mind entered a meditative state. They designed a small library of 'tangles' and set about transforming Zentangle into a business.

Several years later and Zentangling has caught the imagination of the artistic (and not so artistic) community. The idea has spread like a virus and now you will find examples of Zentangles all over the web.

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Zentangles can range from quite simple designs

like these...
like these...

To more complex zendoodle drawings

like this one
like this one

Materials for Zentangles

The great thing about Zentangles is that you can carry everything you need in your purse making this art form extremely portable. It is lovely to while away a few minutes while you are waiting for the kids or a doctor's appointment. You won't mind being kept waiting any more!

So the materials required for your Zendoodles are:

  • A small sketchpad or supply of smooth watercolor paper.
  • HB pencil
  • Eraser
  • Fine liner pens - I recommend Sakura Pigma Micron in a variety of sizes from 01 - 08.

And that's it. Did I mention that this is a very cheap hobby?

Alternatively Rick and Maria sell a beautiful Zentangling kit, which includes examples of tangles, pens, pencils, eraser, die-cut watercolor squares and a CD all in a gorgeous keep-forever presentation box.

Benefits of Zendoodling

There are many reasons to try the process of creating Zentangles. They are so relaxing - just put on some gentle music or perhaps an absorbing radio interview and simply let your hand doodle away. Your very first one may not be so good but I wager that your second one will thrill you! You can create them as small or as large as you want, They have been seen decorating all kinds of objects from shoe to walls.

When you are stressed, tired or bored, let your mind roam free while you engage in the relaxing art of Zendoodle.

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lakeerieartists 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Very cool. Didn't know about these until I read this hub. Not sure if I am up to making them, because I am not often in a zen state, usually if I am I am asleep!

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theraggededge 6 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you! You can start off in a stressed state but by the time you finish one - ooh about 15-30 minutes - you'll be zoned out. :-)

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SimeyC 6 years ago from NJ, USA

This is pretty cool! Off to your next page to see how to do it - my doodles are pretty bad LOL!

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theraggededge 6 years ago from Wales Author

Hi Simey! Anyone can do it... great fun for kids and grown-ups!

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WordCustard 6 years ago from Scotland

I'd like to try zendoodling -- sure looks like a lot of fun!

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theraggededge 6 years ago from Wales Author

Tis a gentle sort of fun, WordCustard!

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Prosperity66 6 years ago

Those simple designs are beautiful but my favourite is that more advanced one!

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theraggededge 6 years ago from Wales Author

I like them too - I can get lost in one for days! :-)

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lovaza 6 years ago

I never heard of zendoodling, it sounds like a fun way to draw and pass the time. I do ballpoint pen drawings of real life subjects, and your article may give me another alternative to create something enjoyable and interesting (:

nisa-kl 5 years ago

wow! these are so beautiful! I already do zentangles but I have just picked up a whole bunch of ideas. These are really pretty and I bet you are very proud of them!

PS: I love the more intricate one but the simple ones are FABULOUS!

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theraggededge 5 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed them.

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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

So beautiful. I could really get into those.

Thanks so much.

Look forward to knowing more about you and your Hubs. By the way I'm from North Wales!

All the best with the A P on Hub Pages. See you around!

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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales Author

Thanks,GoodLady. Nice to meet you too - I'm sure we will be bumping into one another :-)

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Joy56 4 years ago

lovely, this is so much easier to do that it looks ....... making us all artists.....

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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales Author

It's true - anyone can Zentangle. Easy peasy! Thanks for stopping by Joy x

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Now I know what to call those doodley lines that I fill every blank space with while I'm in long meetings! I'm actually meditating, right?

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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales Author

You are, Marcy. It gives your right brain something to do, while your left brain is being all analytical! Actually, it may be the other way round :)

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