Learn How to Draw a Zentangle

What is a Zentangle? In a word, a doodle. A structured, contained doodle. The term 'Zentangle' was coined by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas when, one day, Maria described her experience, as she created her art, as "feeling timeless, free and engendering a sense of deep well-being". Rick recognised that she was in a meditative state and so Zentangles were born.

I use the technique of Zentangle in my own artwork, incorporating them into sketching, art-journalling and collage. Originally I created individual Zentangles, as shown on Rick and Maria's website Zentangle Homepage but then began to incorporate them into my art journals.

On this page, I will describe how to draw a Zentangle from scratch, what materials are required for Zentangles and also show you how to use the techniques imaginatively in your own work.

Note: Zentangle-inspired drawings are often called 'zendoodles'.

© This page was created by TheRaggedEdge. All rights reserved. Images are my own, except where indicated otherwise.

Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Tags: Zentangle, doodle, Zentangle-inspired, zendoodle, zendala, pen and ink drawing, Sakura Pigma Micron, Zentangle how-to, Zentangle instructions.

Sakura Pigma Micron Pen Set
Sakura Pigma Micron Pen Set

Materials for Zentangles

Smooth watercolor paper - I use Fabriano Artistico HP

Fine liner pens - My favorites are Sakura Pigma Micro, size 1 to 5



That's it.

Sakura 11-Piece Zentangle Set

Sakura and Zentangle have teamed up and put together this fantastic little set. All you need to get started on your Zentangle adventure of artful loveliness!

Buy in the UK

Sakura 50011 11-Piece Zentangle Clamshell Pencil Set
Sakura 50011 11-Piece Zentangle Clamshell Pencil Set

Product Description

This zentangle set includes a pencil and pens plus zentangle tiles upon which you can create fun and relaxing art

There are 5 pens with 4 tips sizes (0.25-mm, 0.35-mm, 0.45-mm, 0.5-mm)

The micro pigment ink is waterproof, fade proof, and acid free

The pencil is pre-sharpened and the drawing tiles measure 3-1/2-inch square

Includes 5 pens, 1 pencil, and 5 zentangle tiles


How to Draw a Zentangle

Begin small, work on a piece of paper approximately 3.5" x 3.5" (9cm x 9cm).

I am using a pen for the initial steps so it shows on the scan but you should use a pencil.

Draw a border around the square of paper, about a half inch (1cm) from the edge as shown. Do it freehand and let it be 'rough'.

Zentangle string
Zentangle string

Draw a 'String'

Again, with a pencil, draw a light random line within the border - it can be anything but keep it simple to begin with. Rick and Maria call these lines 'strings', which helps you to visualise the kind of lines that work. You are aiming to create areas in which to doodle. Experiment until you get something you are happy with.

If you need something to get you started at this stage, you can print out a pre-drawn string or template: Zentangle Templates

Zentangle tangle 1
Zentangle tangle 1

Fill Your Zentangle

Switch to a black fine liner pen such as a Sakura Pigma Microm #1 and using some of the examples on this page and on the Zentangle page begin to fill the shapes made by your string. Oh... and put some soft music on and allow your mind to wander. These simple patterns are called 'tangles'. You can see lots of them at Zentangle.com

Zentangle tangle 2
Zentangle tangle 2

Are You Relaxed?

Keep going. Don't fret over what pattern to use, you will find as you do more, that the next pattern seems to suggest itself.

My example here is very rough and I seem to have misplaced the border while scanning, but I'm sure you get the idea.

As you can see, I have worked up to the border, making my Zentangle a square, however, you don't have to do that - leaving white space can work well too.

Zentangle tangle 3
Zentangle tangle 3

All Done

Here is my rather rough and ready example finished.

Erase all the pencil lines and use a little shading in order to make your drawing more three dimensional.

Want More?

Zentangle Workshop

Creating Zentangles - by KNM

Zentangle challenge
Zentangle challenge

KNM has kindly donated this image that show the processed of creating individual tangles. Click on the image to be taken directly to her blog, Xplore & Xpress.

Teaching Zentangle

Teaching Zentangle to children helps their hand-eye coordination, develops their concentration, promotes creativity and produces wonderful art they can be proud of. This kit supplies a class of up to 26 children.

Sakura 50009 Zentangle Apprentice Classroom Pack
Sakura 50009 Zentangle Apprentice Classroom Pack

The classroom kit is also available in the UK


New: Zentangle With Color

Color Zentangle
Color Zentangle

New Zentangle page: Zentangle With Color. Supply list and examples.

Search for Zentangle and Zendoodle Books

Do you create Zentangles in the UK? You can search for books on Zentangles right here:

Zentangles in the UK

How to draw a Zendala - by Milliande

Sit back and enjoy this lovely video as Milliande shows you how to do it properly! Also, if you would like to become part of an arty community, join Milliande's group - everyone is lovely

Using Zentangles in Other Art

Zentangle in Art Journal
Zentangle in Art Journal

When I initially discovered Zentangles, I was addicted and drew over a hundred over the course of a month or two. Eventually my enthusiasm wore off and instead I began to use the technique with other projects. I find it is very effective in my art journals. Here's an example of watercolor, collage and Zentangles combined. You can see that I used a white pen for some of the Zentangling on the man's clothes.

In this project I also decided to use Zentangles to border the facing pages.

Tangled Tile

Tangled Tile
Tangled Tile

More Zentangles

More Zentangles
More Zentangles

'Zentangle' has been featured on the... - Abundance Blog

Also take a look at my Zentangle/Zendoodle articles on Hubpages

Jan's Zentangle

Jan's Zentangle
Jan's Zentangle

Zentangles in my Journal

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Going to give it a go? 455 comments

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myraggededge 2 years ago Author

@mistyriver: Fun... and addictive, mistyriver :-)

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mistyriver 2 years ago

Thank you for the explanation and illustrations. I doodle all of the time and have seen Zentangles all over, but wasn't sure what all was involved. It looks like a lot of fun!

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myraggededge 2 years ago Author

@blestman lm: Thanks so much, blestman. You could make a lens featuring your wife's artwork too.

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blestman lm 2 years ago

Wow. These are amazing doodles. I am not an artist but my wife is. Her doodles are artwork. This is the first time I have seen someone else more than match her stuff. Great lens. Thank you

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yourselfempowered 3 years ago from Gloucester

I've always loved this kind of doodling, and have been doing it since I was a child, but didn't realise there's a special name for it! :) Some beautiful Zentangles on this page!

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sierradawn lm 3 years ago

I have been doodling Zentangles all my life but did not know they had a name! What an amazing lens!!!!!

tonyleather 3 years ago

These are some incredibly beautiful doodles!

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@KateFeredayEshete: My pleasure, Kate :)

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KateFeredayEshete 3 years ago from Ethiopia

My children and I just watched the Zentangle Tips video and they've rushed off to give it a go! Tomorrow some of the Grade 2s at my school in Ethiopia will try this too. Zentangling has hit Ethiopia! Thanks for a really super lens.

RANADEEP 3 years ago

Great lense,great content,thanks for sharing this valuable info!!

anonymous 3 years ago

Loved the concept, maybe it will work on clay surfaces. I think I will try this with my second year

Ceramic students. We did do something like this with our Day of the dead skulls. I have never heard of this form of doodling. Thank you for the info.

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dwillar 3 years ago

Never heard of zentangle before, thanks for sharing! Excellent lens!

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primarolia 3 years ago

Great lens...Thanks for the tips..

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HSP Connections 3 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

I was always doodling and drawing when I was a kid-- still do, actually-- and I always figured my sketchings were somewhat like computer fractals, except done in pencil. I while back I got somewhat into sacred geometry, but I'm generally a little more free-form than that. I had heard the word "zentangle" before (my ex was an artist) but I didn't realize there was an entire "named" art form, there.

anonymous 3 years ago

I've been doing this for a long time. It's interesting that you mentioned meditative state, because that is exactly when they seem to happen.

Hrodebert 3 years ago

Fantastic lens. What a great idea.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@PhilVardy: Eeek! I'm a mathophobic! Thanks for stopping by xx

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PhilVardy 3 years ago

I once had to write a mathematical proof regarding doodles.. It was in 3rd year University and I was taking a very deep, theoretical mathematics course.. one of the best courses I took in University. Your lens has totally brought me back - especially because your work has a mathematical quality to it.. Outstanding!

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thank you!

anonymous 3 years ago

WOW! your art is great!

MaggiePowell 3 years ago

ooohhh... this is great.. I can't sit still, so I doodle.. it would be nice to make something so beautiful.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@thingz1: Thank you 10thingz - much appreciated. xx

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thingz1 3 years ago

Very cool, I've never heard of a zentangle before. I'm adding a link to this lens in my own about selfless portraits. Thanks!

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Michelllle 3 years ago

Yes. This looks like so much fun! Very cool. neat lens.

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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: No, but they invented their way of teaching and presenting it. Plus they gave it a catchy name.

anonymous 3 years ago

This is such BS! My friends and I were doing this is the early 70's! Rick Roberts and Maria didn't "invent" it!

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Glen Kowalski 3 years ago

Even I may be able to do this, though I usually resort to stick figures when drawing...very cool designs. I've seen this type of art on posters for sale all over, and even see some hanging on people's walls. Really cool stuff.

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PinkstonePictures 3 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

Very interesting artwork.

MooshkaDaisy 3 years ago

Fantastic lens! I was looking for a term for this kind of doodling and finally I found it. Thank you!

john9229 3 years ago

Very creative lens. Looks fun.

greytdogz 4 years ago

I love this lens! I also doodle (or zentangle) and always enjoy seeing other peoples work. This type of artwork is great for relaxing and fulfilling a creative need. Thanks so much.

anonymous 4 years ago

Love the things you showed! Thanx

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Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Excellent lens! :-)

anonymous 4 years ago

This is very interesting to me. Been doing these type of drawings for years. Had no idea there was a name of method. Love that it was created to share.

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CoolFool83 4 years ago

Very nice lense!

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Yay!

anonymous 4 years ago

I thought I was incapable of true art. Not so. My family is gob smacked. Zentangle is the boss.

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lilymom24 4 years ago

Wonderful and very creative. Adding this to a possible gift idea for my son, who loves to doodle. Thanks. =)

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fuzzybear2 4 years ago

wow truly amazing lens. I had never even heard of the word zentangle before coming across your lens. Something i'll have to try in the new year

MeandmyArrow 4 years ago

Oh my gosh this is a lot like what I do naturally when thinking and pen and paper are handy! It's validating--I think sharing this with others could be fun!

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choosehappy 4 years ago from US

I may have to try this; looks fun! Blessed!

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rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

Yes! This has inspirted me to paint it on a canvas. I love art and painting!

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psiloveyou1 4 years ago

Sending an Angel Blessing your way :)

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psiloveyou1 4 years ago

Very cool lens. I probably won't try it, but I love how it looks!

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Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

I've been doing these for years! I didn't know there was a name or a methodology! Awesome lens.

anonymous 4 years ago

This is a great page to start from - thank you!

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siobhanryan 4 years ago

Blessed-I will give it a try

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latishaalford 4 years ago

To me, this is quite intricate.

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@Mammozon: Start where it feels most comfortable, Mammozon. If you are using Micron pens, they dry very, very quickly but just give it a moment, as you don't want smears and smudges. Turning the paper/page/tile makes it even easier.

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Mammozon 4 years ago

This is mindboggling, but you've made it seem so "doable." Now do you have any suggestions for those of us who are southpaws? No matter how hard I try, starting from the right of the page and working left is still beyond me...thanks I suppose, to my first grade teacher!

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JuneNash 4 years ago

I enjoyed this lens on Zentangling. I am going to give it a try!

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sheilamarie78 4 years ago

I certainly will try some of these ideas! What a fun way to doodle!

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@justmelucy: Thanks, Lucy, and everyone else who's kind enough to leave a comment. x

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justmelucy 4 years ago

Love this lens and the zentangle journal. Have to do this.

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sageinacage lm 4 years ago

Absolutely. I always doodle but this seems like taking to a whole new level. I love it!

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@Steph Tietjen: Hi Steph, nice to meet you. Happy doodling!

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Steph Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

Greenspirit sent me here. Excellent work. I especially love the last photo of the journal entry zentangle...looks something like my journals when I kept them. Time to give it a go again!

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Satha 4 years ago

Ah cool. I do something like this normally, interesting to see it used as an actual technique. :D

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rooshoo 4 years ago

This is too cool. My sister draws these kind of things all the time, although I'm pretty sure she has no idea they have an actual name. She'll get a kick out of this lens. Thanks for sharing!

anonymous 4 years ago

These are all so cute! Thanks :)

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GregoryMoore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

These are really cool. I know what I am going to be drawing in my next boring meeting at work!

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I just posted a few of my favs on FB; search for "Jan Denser Evers" and look for my "Pen and Ink" gallery.

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: I shall look forward to seeing them, Janzo :-)

anonymous 4 years ago

OMG, this is what got me through my junior year of high school (forty years ago!!) Thank you SO MUCH for publishing this page, now my husband is interested too! I've given myself a challenge of "A tangle a day", but with only moderate success .. STUFF keeps getting in the way. I'll let you know when I post some photos of my drawings.

Thamisgith 4 years ago

First I've heard of Zentangles - thanks for the intro. A great lens!

anonymous 4 years ago

@myraggededge: Thank for the helpful info about this. I found some other people questioning this issue too. I think if one has learned Zentangle and starts Doodling, it would be hard to not add Zentangle to the Doodling. But, what about someone like me who didn't even know Zentangle and while doodling does end up doing some Zentangle pattern without even knowing there was a name for this type of doodling. What do you call it? Doodle turn into Zentangle naturally?! Hum! I have sent you my Facebook link to my art on Facebook. Thanks for adding me!

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: It is very relaxing, Aliluna, sort of like a meditation. Thanks for stopping by. I have quite a few other Zentangle pages too that you might enjoy.

anonymous 4 years ago

I recently came across an article on Zentangling and realized I have been doodling like that most of my life. When on the phone I find myself doodling. Sometimes it starts with a letter I have written down only to look at it later and wonder what it was as its now a doodle Lol! It is very relaxing so now I bought a book and pens so I can now keep them together.

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi there, the original patent application that Zentangle.com have made for their teaching method states that a Zentangle is made on a square 'tile' of paper, as sold in their kit. Of course, the method can be adapted to larger sizes and other materials. Rick and Maria of Zentangle.com don't limit themselves to that smaller size. However, they say that anything created outside of the original specification should be called 'Zentangle-inspired art' or 'ZIA'.

I think if you created your art on your own, not knowing about Z., then you can call it what ever you like. There is a great deal of controversy around at the moment as many artists are unhappy at Zentangle.com's insistence that you use their terminology, and that no-one should use 'Zentangle' and 'doodle' interchangeably. Personally, I think that is a step too far :D

You can find me on Facebook as Bev-yr-Wrag. I'd love to see your work.

anonymous 4 years ago

@myraggededge: I've been to various websites and read a lot about Zentangle. I know that Zentangle doesn't have to be created on a square tile of paper. What if someone is doodling and ends up creating a zentangles without even being taught on a whole page of paper. I think this is the case with me. I didn't even know about Zentangle until I posted my art at WetCanvas and someone suggested it looked like it. It won't let me post the link because it looks like spam. I am on Facebook too. I would like to show you my work to see if it's just Doodle or Zentangle or both.

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Zentangle is created in a certain way, i.e. on a 3.5" square tile of paper, with a pencil string (line). Creative doodling is just that - doodle any which way. Have a look at zentangle.com. All the best.

anonymous 4 years ago

I'm confused what the difference is between doodling creatively and Zentangle? What ID's it as just a creative doodle and not a Zentangle?

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Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

Squidtastic! I am going to give it a go... it looks super cool and therapeutic:)

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Kumar P S 4 years ago

Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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Rachel214 4 years ago from Haifa

Definitely can see the meditative quality of this. Will definitely give it a go.

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thank you, Dave. Nice to meet you - welcome to school!

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CnickTuigsinn 4 years ago

It seems like a good way to teach art students to listen to their art and act on the patterns that suggest themselves, which is a very useful skill. When I was newer to art I spent a lot of time trying to force patterns into artwork that didn't fit the piece. Thanks for introducing me to this artform.

anonymous 4 years ago

You sent me to school today! I had never heard of zentangles before visiting today. Cool lens!

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@Sylvestermouse: Thank you so much! I am so pleased to know such lovely people like you on Squidoo. Xx

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Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!

anonymous 4 years ago

The tangle that brought me here via google image search was so sweet I had to try it. Mine is a little different (they all are) but I am happy with it. I've been teaching ZIA to the children I work with and they're having a great time with it. Even kids who have never thought of themselves as an artist are developing confidence. Love it!!

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rainbowruffles 4 years ago

I used to love drawing like this. But I thought others thought my art was strange so I have been trying to do more traditional art (which I am not as good at). I love your web page and I didn't know that there was a term to describe this kind of art! I think I will skip trying the traditional way and go back to doing this! Love the lens!

anooptu 4 years ago

i never saw this art before. too difficult to learn this technique. Incredible art....

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: People are getting confused - the patterns are *not trademarked or copyrighted*. Only the name 'Zentangle', the kit and their personal in-house teaching method is protected. The only things that are trademarked are the red square logo and the slogan, 'anything is possible, one stroke at a time'. In fact, I'm not even sure if they have been passed yet. Think of a product like coffee. No-one can trademark, patent or copyright raw coffee beans. However, the process of drying, packing and the trade name can be protected.

Your own artwork is automatically copyrighted as is everyone's.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I share your desapointment. First time I saw Zentagles books I got a little bit confused. I drawed things like those everywhere during school, even on my sneakers, and now suddenly it is a trademark and people say it's a new thing? It was confusing. As you said, it is something universal.

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PeacefieldFarm LM 4 years ago

I do this sometimes, but I did not know this term. I love this lens!

GenesisLabs 4 years ago

Very interesting artwork. Thank you for introducing me to zentangle.

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Craftypicks 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Fantastic lens. Looks like a lot of hard work

anonymous 4 years ago

Brilliant! Learnt something new here... Applying it is gonna take some doing! :)

anonymous 4 years ago

I"m very glad to see you've shared such a wonderful exercise, but saddened that the "creators" of this decided to trademark and market their "new" idea. I could show you hundreds of "zentangles" that I created when I was young, this method of doodling and creating is definitely not new. How sad that they felt the need to make money off of something that is so universal.

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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

I am blown away by this, especially by the last example that combines zentangle and journalling.

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SteveKaye 4 years ago

Yes, this is a marvelous idea. I write in a journal, which I find very comforting. Now I have a new way to expand my mental wanderings. Thank you for publishing this lens.

anonymous 4 years ago

This is amazing! I can't wait to try it.

peppermintpixel 4 years ago

I love your zentangles!

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LivRiley LM 4 years ago

I've finished 3 zentagles/zendoodles and they all look great. Zendoodles are quick, fun and extremely relaxing when I have an "urge" to doodle. Great lens!

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JoyfulReviewer 4 years ago

I do believe I've found a new craft I want to try ... thanks for all the helpful instructions. Blessed by a joyful angel.

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russiangifts 4 years ago from USA

Wow, these are so cool!

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Pugcentric 4 years ago

Awesome lens! Zentangles remind me of embroidery blackwork that died and went to heaven...

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: You and me both! I don't use a white pen, except on that journal page which was done several years ago. I've been looking for a decent one for ages - most are too thick or tend to blob.

anonymous 4 years ago

I desperately need a .01 or at least as small as possible white pen. Can you tell me what you are using & where you found it? Thanks in advance.

MasterOfSpanish 4 years ago

Sure am next time I sit to doodle :-)

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SophiaStar LM 4 years ago

These are amazing! I had not heard of this before. I am going to definitely try one out thanks!

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prosepine lm 4 years ago

Love it! Love the pics from your journal

zafeyry 4 years ago

I'm going to go make a zentangle right now!

Jolent 4 years ago

I love this lens... it's inspiring! I've never heard of a zentangle, and like the name for this style of art. Makes me want to get out some pens and paper and start doodling now! Nice job!

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gengonow 4 years ago

Awesome lens never knew the name of this art

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imlifestyle 4 years ago

These are amazing images, great work on this lens.

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TTMall 4 years ago

Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

Angela5 4 years ago

I've made some of these myself...thinking of them as doodles...but I prefer now to consider them zentangles even though my were not to the level of true art as are yours. Absolutely beautiful.

utopia5230 4 years ago

These pic are becauty

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SmBizGuru LM 4 years ago

I love this! My daughter started doing this on her own when her right hand came out of a cast to teach herself to use her right hand again. She was only five years old. She just drew all kinds of geometric and swirly shapes - look like these. She has many art journals full of these designs now that she is 16 years old.

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BLouw 4 years ago from France

I'd never ehard this word before. Wish my 'Zentangles' were so pretty.

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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: You're right - I omitted to say switch to a pen after drawing the string. You're the first person to notice. I have corrected the instructions now. Thanks!

anonymous 4 years ago

This may be a silly question, but your last step says to "erase all of the pencil lines." Wasn't the whole thing in pencil? Where does the pen come in?

anonymous 4 years ago

Going to give these a try,they are gorgeous!I do loads of crafts including embroidery and these are like embroidery with a pencil.Thanks for inspiring me!

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Thrinsdream 4 years ago

I am a doodler and nearly fell of my chair when I read this as I have been doodling these for years, they are my calming therapy! Loved learning this. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

arikurniadi 5 years ago

hey, Its similar to Indonesia's batik...

Nice lens!

myamya 5 years ago

Very nice lens! thumbs up!

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kathysart 5 years ago

came back to bless this lens.. yay

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daedrea lm 5 years ago

Wow your doodling makes mine look pre-amateur...Great lens. I had no idea it was called zentangle.

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Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

I didn't know this was called Zentangle, I used to do it a lot - in school when I was bored mainly - zentagles really are a product of setting your mind free, illustrating your subconscious thoughts maybe?. Your zentagles look great.

anonymous 5 years ago

These are beautiful

JoshK47 5 years ago

Wow - very cool looking! Never heard it called zentangle before, very interesting. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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entertainmentev 5 years ago

I love it! I learned so much and will give it a try soon. This would make for a great pice of artwork in my home.

anonymous 5 years ago

I really need to send this to my oldest son, he is so good at doodle art and zentangel. You are a remarkable artist. Amazing artwork.

jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

These zentangles look amazing, I might try one later on. When you make a lot of repeating shapes you get great results and shapes like in the pictures above.

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oxfordian 5 years ago

I'd never heard of this before! These are beautiful and I can't wait to try it.

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TolovajWordsmith 5 years ago from Ljubljana

Thanks for introducing this form of at. I saw something very similar in one school few weeks ago and had no idea it has special name. It is pretty simple but very effective and with A LOT possibilities to explore.

anonymous 5 years ago

I love Zentangle; and am glad to see that there is a name to describe it! True, many of us used a similar techniqueat one time or another. Mine was with a rapidograph in the late 60's & 70's. I am going to try it again, this time using Micron pens as recommended.

Many Thanks ~ I appreciate your site!

anonymous 5 years ago

@PatriciaJoy: Ouch.

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PatriciaJoy 5 years ago from Michigan

@myraggededge: This is the second instance so far where I've seen "certified" Zentangle teachers act like jerks. It certainly doesn't make me want to go to their website. Like another reader who commented, I did a very similar technique in the 80s. This type of art is hardly new. This was a great lens. More power to you for speaking up.

anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for the info. I used to do drawings like this when I was in high school in the '80s. I would start with a border of something I was looking at, like a cup. Then I would section it off and fill each section with doodles. I was learning Japanese at the time, so I would often draw patterns based on kanji. I haven't made one of these since I was in school. Seeing these reminds me of a time when I used to be creative!!! I now have a 6 year old daughter who is very creative. I think it is time I introduce her to this technique.

SimplyTonjia 5 years ago

Love this lense.

anonymous 5 years ago

@myraggededge: It is true, you may call it anything you wish. CZT training is open to anyone. People from all over the world attended the last training seminar. While you may see my comment as holier-than-thou it is not my intent to present my understanding in that manner. It is merely to share what I have learned through it's creators. Your tangles are an expression of your artistic nature and they are beautiful. I wish you continued enjoyment in whatever avenue you pursue to share it share it with those of us who recognize your talent. Continued success, also, on your charity endeavors.

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myraggededge 5 years ago Author

@anonymous: Chris, I have been following Rick and Maria's progress since before Zentangle.com was even born. I first 'met' them years ago on an unrelated list. Rick and I had some email correspondence connected to the benefits of Zentangle for home-schooling. People were encouraged to download PDFs and share Zentangle freely. I visit the site, I have the kit. I can't be a CZT because I live in the UK.

My Squidoo pages and blogs have sent thousands of people over to Zentangle.com over the last couple of years and have made $s for charity.

However, if I produce a piece of work in the Zentangle manner and wish to call my creation a Zentangle, I will. If I want to call it a doodle, I will. There appears to be a certain element within the CZT community which promotes a holier-than-thou attitude and it does not give a very good impression to the rest of us.

I recommend that you take care of your own art and leave me to my own.

anonymous 5 years ago

If you are truly interested in what Zentangle is and where it began please look at the Zentangle website at www.zentangle.com. Anyone who has been trained by its creators understands that it is not a doodle. As a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) I recommend you inform yourself before informing others.

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Charlino99 5 years ago from USA

I've always considered doodling as a form of art, but never knew the formal name of it until recently. Love your display of zentangle art, information, and supplies.

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WriterJanis2 5 years ago

Never heard of this before. Thanks for the info. I love to doodle.

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SheilaSchnauzies 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

I haven't doodled in ages... I'll probably be doing it tomorrow, though! Blessed by a Squid Angel today. Great lens!!!

aquarian_insight 5 years ago

I am a chronic doodler, so this lens actually excited me! I will be trying it. You have amazing lenses and that is why I listened to your advice! Thank you...I'm off to zentangle!

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traveller27 5 years ago

Thumbs up - great lens!

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fionajean 5 years ago from South Africa

This is a really interesting way to doodle - I'm getting too good at drawing boxes now, think I'll give it a try. Blessed

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A special thank to one of the very first person who recognized my posts by giving her angel blessing... happy thanksgiving!!!

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drawfantasyart 5 years ago from UK

After reading this lens I realized without knowing it that I do Zentangles frequently and so now I know that it is relaxing drawing medititation type of thing it helps reduce stress....

Thanks for this lens, thumbs up and away!

GoddessGirl 5 years ago

Gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

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ItayaLightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

Wow! What an awesome article! I love zentangles!! I'm definitely going to do some of these to help me relax. :)

anonymous 5 years ago

I am! 'thumbs up' from this reader to you.

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WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

After reading various comments I realized I missed the 8+ minute video; it's amazing how as an amateur doodler so many of the designs the artist used could be remembered on one or another doodle from my past. Just never placed altogether, beautiful!

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WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

I sure would like to think I could be so beautifully creative, I was looking at your examples and thinking two thoughts: 1. Some modern day graffiti artists seem to do Zentangles just on a larger scale. 2. I am a distributor for sendoutcards.com/81269 and these would make such beautiful cards

Great lens, I'll be back when I have more time to explore your links.

anonymous 5 years ago

This is a wonderful lens! Creative artistic pictures

Light-in-me 5 years ago

You know I just may try it! Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy your Zentangle lenses.

Robin :)

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RaverGoat 5 years ago

Fantastic! Keep up the good work!

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PainMan1 5 years ago

Wonderful lens! Thanks for creating it!

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JanTUB 5 years ago from Australia

I think that elaborate stipple quilting might qualify as a Zentangle design. Liked your lens

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eclecticcycle 5 years ago

Fantabulous zentangle collection! I have been doing theses since I was a teenager, before they had a name!

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Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

I've been making Zentangles for years, I just didn't know what they were called. Even got in trouble at work once for doing that instead of typing away at whatever it was. Thank you for an informative and enjoyable read.

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Scarlettohairy 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

I have heard of Zentangles but I've yet to sit down and make one. I need to. I want to. I will! Lovely lens.

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julescorriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

I've never heard of znetangles before. I found this site beautiful and fascinating. I want more! I just saw that you have another zentangle article, and I can't wait to go tehre now. THANK YOU for sharing this.

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Showpup LM 5 years ago

This looks easy yet so detailed and beautiful! Seems like a relaxing art form. I was mesmerized by the video. I'm definitely going to buy one of those pens and give it a go!!!

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tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

These are so fabulous! What a great way to doodle!

anonymous 5 years ago

very cool!

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Diana Wenzel 5 years ago from Colorado

Stopping back by to sprinkle some angel dust on these fabulous Zentangles. :-)

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Close2Art LM 5 years ago

Thumbs Up great description and work! RWJR

anonymous 5 years ago

great lens, I used to do this before and thought it was just plain doodling. I didn't think this was actually an art form, I should have kept my drawings.

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Srena44 5 years ago

great lens

anonymous 5 years ago

woow this is awesome i love it

anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: i know it is awesome i only tried it yesterday andi already love it.

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myraggededge 5 years ago Author

@anonymous: Well, yes. This form of pen and ink drawing has been around a long time. However, the Zentangle 'method' is a prescribed, rigid format - 3.5" tile. 4 dots and a string.The beauty of it being that it is easy to teach to people with little or no artistic experience.

Most of the other drawings on this page would be more correctly called 'Zentangle-inspired' or NeoPop Realism-inspired maybe? Rick and Maria have not trademarked the drawing method but only the name 'Zentangle', and their personally-delivered method of teaching it as an active meditation.

anonymous 5 years ago

I was surprised when first saw "zentangle" drawing. It reminded me the ink drawings by Nadia Russ - www.nadiaruss.com. When I saw a book by Design Originals and in it: "The line can curve, wiggle, zig and zag into any shape you want... Fill each section with a different tangle...". I knew, this is what Nadia Russ created in 1989! But I was totally shocked when saw: "Zentangle was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas..."

What's zentangle? Zentangle is for some reason renamed and simplified form of "NeoPopRealism" ink drawing, first created by Nadia Russ 22 years ago and in 2003 announced as NeoPopRealism. This story is truly "zig-zag".

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TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

Never heard of doodling as an art until now, interesting!

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LaraineRoses 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

I think this is fantastic. I always doodle when I'm talking on the phone. My doodles aren't nearly as nice or complex as yours or Milliande's but now I'll try to do better AND I have a new name for it, "Zentangle." Thank you!

myshelle01 5 years ago

I had never heard of Zentangle,I sure have now what a fantastic art form. Thank you for showing us how to do this.

anonymous 5 years ago

What a fantastic lens, I was actually looking for kinetics, but this has really caught my eye.

And yes I am going to try.

anonymous 5 years ago

Had not heard of this until today and all I can say I am glad I did. I will certainly be having a go, this is just awesome.

momsfunny 5 years ago

Very beautiful. It really looks very difficult to do. It requires a lot of creativity to do this.

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globalDoodle 5 years ago

Do you think you could do one on globalDoodle? It an online doodling site where you can doodle on your own or with other. www.globalDoodle.com Thank you for a truly magnificent and inspiring lens!

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stephenteacher 5 years ago from Corona, CA

Terrific lens! My wife does this in church on the bulletins. Now I know what to call it.

anonymous 5 years ago

You have some stunning designs on zentangles that look awesome. The designs are so artistic that the mind gets absorbed in its beauty and rhythm.

anonymous 5 years ago

wooooow !!!

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Retro Loco 5 years ago from USA

I can certainly see how you earned that Purple Star! This lens is awesome. I have been wanting to know more about this art form, so I Googled "Zentangles" and found your Squidoo lens on page one! Thank you so much for the step-by-step instructions for Zentangling. Your Zentangles are really pretty. I can't wait to try it myself. Faved, bookmarked and rated. ~Vicki~

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Richard-H 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

All the doodling that I do, who knew it was an art form? Great tutorial and wonderful examples. Blessed!

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dahlia369 5 years ago

Nicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** as part of the April Fools' Quest & featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens ... :)

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BlackHeart1 5 years ago

You made it!! You submitted this lens for the top Arts & Design lens section and you made it to the top 5 ... Be sure to go check this page: http://www.squidoo.com/top-5-arts-design on the first of the month to see what your position in the top 5 is and donât forget to tell your friends and visitors about it too

Oh but it's not over!!! CONGRATULATION you also made it to the top 5 lens overall section too⦠check it out here http://www.squidoo.com/top-5-lens-overall on the first

fairiesnest 5 years ago

This is So cool! I've been making these for years and never knew they had a name or were considered an art form. Thank you so much for sharing this info.

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grandma deal 5 years ago

I used to fill pages of notebook paper with doodling while in school. Now you've got me wanting to try it again. I like the name "Zentangle" much better than plain ol' "doodle". This lens has been liked, favorited, lensrolled and facebooked. I'll be reading some of your other Zentangle lens. Thank you for sharing.

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jvsper63 5 years ago

I love the Zentangle they are so beautiful. I really mean this when I say I want to learn this. But my daughter would be the better choice shes a great artist. I want to decorate something with these, Very nice lens Joni

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Gripandflip 5 years ago

Love the lens. I have lensrolled you.

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Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

Adding a kiss for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!

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kathysart 5 years ago

How FUN! I had no idea my doodles had a name.. YAY! This is a really great lens.. thumbs UP!

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Diana Wenzel 5 years ago from Colorado

Incredible! Really love this. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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Susan300 5 years ago

This is *so* fascinating to me. I'm going to dedicate some time to experimenting with these. Thank you for introducing me to these!

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SheGetsCreative 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

These are so awesome! As soon as I find where I stashed my micro pens I'm definitely gonna give it a whirl. ;)

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kguru1979 lm 5 years ago

Awesome step by step examples .. nice formation of lens .. good .. thanks for sharing about zentangle...!

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ZenandChic 5 years ago

Love zentangle!

Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

these are some really nice designs

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aerome 6 years ago

This is very nice! I'll give it a shot one of these days ;-)

anonymous 6 years ago

I like it!

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lisel33 6 years ago

Love all your zentangle lenses and your art

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Amelia7410 6 years ago

Yea! I love these Zentagles! I doodle a lot but I start with a flower and move on from there. My friends said they look like lace doilies. I will definitely try it out! Thanks for writing about this.

trueimage 6 years ago

great lense, i love doodling, the drawings look great on the mugs...i'm inspired now...off to draw a zectangle

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Harshitha LM 6 years ago

Very beautiful

cybermutiny 6 years ago

This vaguely reminds me of Maori art. Nice videos!

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saisrinivaas 6 years ago

It is so beautiful knowing the way drawing zentangles, a nice art. Thanks for sharing.

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BarbaraCasey 6 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

Wow, these art pieces are complete in black and white, but splashes of color work, too. Very interesting lens. Thanks.

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SelfAndSource 6 years ago

Now I have a name for what I do...yeah! Thank you for the detail you've given. Great.

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LizMac60 6 years ago from United Kingdom

I think I'm going to get zentangling, but first here's a blessing from a squid angel. this lens is featured on Me?!! A Squid Angle oops, Angel.

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RuthCoffee 6 years ago

I learned something new here. Never heard of them before, but I love the Zentangles!

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ajgodinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, awesome indeed...I love to doodle, now you've zentangled me...excellent lens! ;)

Oosquid 6 years ago

Wow! I doodle when deep in thought but they are just doodles. Yours are masterpieces - fantastic!

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Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

wow! I really like these. Enjoyed the lens very much....I may have to give it a try, now that I have seen them.

anonymous 6 years ago

I love your lens, I am such an art crazy person too and have started doing some zentangles. They are a lot of fun, but yours are amazing :)

Thanks for visiting Cooper and I today....

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John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

Very interesting lens, I have done a little zentangling but have not yet got to the stage where I incorporate them into my art, etc. they are still something that "stands alone". After reading this I am beginning to wonder if I should be taking active steps to do something about that.

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thesuccess2 6 years ago

Lens Masterclass, Squid Angel Blessing!

anonymous 6 years ago

Beautiful Art! Great Lens I can wait to try it! Thank you for introducing me to Zentangle!

AmbrosiaPopsicle 6 years ago

Just to beautiful, thank you for sharing this art. Incredible, I strive!

anonymous 6 years ago

I had never heard of this artform. It is beautiful. Nice lens.

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John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

very informative and easy to follow lens

JimH 6 years ago

Really enjoyed learning about zentangles, I had not heard of this art form before.

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Swisstoons 6 years ago from Michigan

Wonderful intriquing things, Zanangles! Yours are beautiful. And, it's a fact, doing them has a very calming effect. Thumbs up and a favorite!

anonymous 6 years ago

Today, I learned a new word and a new way to reduce stress...thanks!

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cbessa 6 years ago

I've done this for years and never knew it has a name! :-)

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Linda BookLady 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

I love your zentangles! The word is new to me but I've been doing something similar for years. Thanks for all the information.

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hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

Beautiful zentangles!

anonymous 6 years ago

Omg I've been doing this for years, now it's an actual artform.woow!

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jimmielanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

Oooohhhh... how fun. These are cool. Great art activity for homeschool. Thanks.

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BetsiGoutal1 6 years ago

The most comprehensive guide to zentangles I've seen yet. Thanks so much for this mother lode of info.

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Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

I tried making my first Zentangle this past weekend, and I was amazed by how different the "doodling" patterns I ended up making were from my usual style of drawing. It really got my creative juices flowing in other areas of my art! Thanks so much for putting together this excellent blog.

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MagpieNest 6 years ago

These are beautiful! Reminds me of Escher but much less formal. Very cool. I struggle with a lot of 'art' but I can definitely appreciate these.

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elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

These are beautiful. I love the small ones you have up here, they'd make for some interesting pillows.

susankristoff 6 years ago

This is just fabulous! I've seen some basic zentangles but these are amazing. And I totally agree that Sakura Micron pens are the best, I love them for journaling.

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Karicor 6 years ago

Somehow I had associated the term 'zentangle' with some kind of puzzle. But, wow, this is so much cooler. I've been quite a doodlebug myself and this looks definitely like something worth exploring further. Love it!

seegreen 6 years ago

I have been making Zentangles since the first time I saw this page. Thank you for introducing me to this art form. Blessed by an Angel.

resabi 6 years ago

You already know you hooked me on these. Popping by to bless this lens, now that I can!

anonymous 6 years ago

Beautiful patterns on the lens, looks terrific. I used to draw them when I just felt like relaxing. It can be lot of fun.

anonymous 6 years ago

I can't draw a stick figure but I think I can do this... it looks like a lot of fun!

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myraggededge 6 years ago Author

@justholidays: Nooo.. I wish I had - 'Zentangle' was invented and registered by MT & RR as it says in the intro, though, of course, people have doodled for yonks.

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justholidays 6 years ago

OMG! I discover a brand new world! Actually I thought YOU invented Zentangling! I didn't know such art would exist before you published your first zentangle page. I'm wowed!

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LotusMalas 6 years ago

What a fabulous art method to help someone get in touch with his or her intuitive side!

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julieannbrady 6 years ago

You know something my dear? I was just thinking how beautiful it would have been to have a Zentangle in the traveling squid journal. Hmmm ... maybe we can work something out that would allow me to add that once the international edition arrives home? Good to see you today. And, such a marvelous page this is.

anonymous 6 years ago

Great job Love this kind of art !

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girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

@myraggededge: I don't understand people who are confused about why art is copyrighted. I have to wonder about their integrity or their level of knowledge and understanding about art and what it takes to create it. BTW, the Ecstasy of Energy hands you did are phenomenal!!! I can't wait to be awake enough to try one of these!!!

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girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

OMG, Bev!!! These are awesome! Now, this is coming from someone who can barely draw a stick figure, but geez, I'm tempted to give these a try. I was never much of a doodler (too busy taking notes most of the time), but when I tried, they were always goofy flowers and scribbles, nothing interesting. But, I'm willing to try anything twice. Your squid is all out fabulous!!! Bravo!

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BrandonJames926 6 years ago

I had never heard of this before -- great lens!

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Pete D 6 years ago

Amazing. It's the first time I head about these but they look great

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myraggededge 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: Not me, Deborah, though I wish it had been my idea! Check zentangle.com

anonymous 6 years ago

How can there be a "proper" way to do this type of art? I've been making images like these for years. Clever entrepreneurial concept! Make art, make money, and make others happy! (Not critical just admiring what you have built! Any artist who finds a way to make a living doing art is A-OK in my book!)

anonymous 6 years ago

oh yeah! Been hoarding a Moleskine for years..just for this purpose!!

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TonyPayne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

I haven't heard of these before, but they are amazing. I used to doodle in a similar style when I was at college. Excellent lens.

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hayleylou lm 6 years ago

Cool, not surprised that this was LOTD, love the squid one, thumbs up :)

anonymous 6 years ago

Amei ! Sou artista e Não Sabia ! Agora Descobri !

Parabens !

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the777group lm 6 years ago

@myraggededge: I'm with you, entirely. That's fantastic work.

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CoolFoto 6 years ago

What a beautiful art form. Never heard of it before, but I sure do want to try it!

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myraggededge 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: My own art on this page is copyright of course, as is anyone's original work. Why wouldn't I want it protected if I put time and effort into it?

The word 'Zentangle' is a registered trademark. Not mine.

anonymous 6 years ago

Society is definitely on a down turn when doodles are able to be copyrighted. Why would you even want to do that?

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michelleart 6 years ago from Florida

LOVE your work!

anonymous 6 years ago

When I took a class on teaching art in the elementary classroom, it was called "line and design" and was something that even the most unartistic could manage and end up with masterpieces. I love the name zendoodle. Like others, I've been doing this since early in my school years ages ago. Now I can add this to my rubber stamping.

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PRam1 6 years ago

There are truly a lot of cool new things i have learnt from Squidoo. Zentangle is one of them. Thanks for sharing this:-)

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say no more!!!

anonymous 6 years ago

Wow! What a wonderful and interesting lens. My husband likes to doodle and is really quite good with charcoal; I think he might enjoy reading this. Thanks!

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clemency lm 6 years ago

Amazing - i doodle like this, didn't know it had a special name! Beautiful lens, I love your drawings. 5*****

seegreen 6 years ago

I had never heard of zentangles before today. Gorgeous! I can't wait to try one.

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CLUZ 6 years ago

Love the zentangles! Thanks for sharing this great lens and wonderful photos! 5*

anonymous 6 years ago

Oh wow - how did I miss this lens. I love the concept of Zentangles and congrats on getting LOTD!!

I need to show these to my girls - all 3 are very arty and I think they would love to do something like this.

anonymous 6 years ago

@anonymous: Hi i know where r coming from, if u r in ure fifty's then i too used to doodle, it has been given an updated name, but do u still doodle to release thoughts so ure mind isn't cluttered, that's what i get from it, and i am more calm to handle day to day life

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norma-holt 6 years ago

Had to return to bless this outstanding lens. For passion, beauty, joy and excitement it ranks high in my book. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

anonymous 6 years ago

Wow, I've zentangled for years without knowing that is what they are! All sorts of things "emerge" and take life as one doodles! Give this site a l0:)

anonymous 6 years ago

Hi ever since i have been doodling either on paper or fibro, using texta or charcoals, i have felt an inner peace with myself which people have noticed so thanks Helen

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HorseAndPony LM 6 years ago

I'm back for a visit. Love your Zentangles! Blessed!

anonymous 6 years ago

I must be waaaay older than all of you! Since I was young, many years ago, I have been doing elaborate doodles with pen, pencil and colored pencil. I have old school note books, work meeting minutes and other meetings notes who's margines are festooned with what you call Zentangles. Meetings seem to be the place I need them most!

Who would have thought that there would be a marketable idea in a doodle! I suppose that you all are from the computer age and did not grow up with a pencil in you hand LOL

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PromptWriter 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

Greetings! You have a lovely lens and it has been blessed.

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ZenandChic 6 years ago

Love the journal! Blessed!

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myraggededge 6 years ago Author

@anonymous: You are very welcome. It is a beautiful lens :)

anonymous 6 years ago

Time for some Zentangling! I like that word, and its nice to come and enjoy the art on this beautiful lens again. ~ Congratulations on becoming a Squid Angel, you will be a great at it.

Thank you for blessing Tipi the Tipigal, it was in need of a blessing. I sure do appreciate it very, very much. ~ Bless you sweet-heart!


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Airinka 6 years ago

It takes time to creat zentagles.

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myraggededge 6 years ago Author

@Nicky2Time: Hi Nicky, Yep, my friend has done some of mine on Zazzle and I will be doing more on my own Zazzle shop. Thanks!

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Nicky2Time 6 years ago

What the heck is a Zentagle? Never seen the word before so I had to check it out. Very cool designs. My business frame of mind immediately went to creating T-shirts and throw pillows from these designs ( I though I was looking at throw pillows when I saw the first images on this lens). Heck, create your own zentagle, go to zazzle and show off your new zentagle on your t-shirt. You could start a group. Is there already a zentagle group?

Good stuff!

anonymous 6 years ago

Hi a friend of mine showed me zentangle drawings, & got me hooked! so far I have done one with charcoal & also i am doing one on a wall using felt penswhich is growing! Helen

laurenruiz05 6 years ago

Okay, so...I'm gonna go make a bunch of Zentangles right now. lol. Great lense!!

anonymous 6 years ago

I used to doodle when I was very young. I can relate to the relaxing affect is has on a person. I can also see how this would be a great way to develop illustrative skills.

nelabai 6 years ago

I love zentangles my aunt drew me one and i framed it :) nice lens 5*

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purplelady 6 years ago

What a marvelous way for me to be introduced to zentangles. I am a fan for life. I can't wait to see if I can be more creative than my usual circles and figure 8s. Awesome art and awesome lens. I'll be back. 5 tangles and 1 zen fave. Thank you.

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KathyMcGraw2 6 years ago from California

Oh I love this....a new fun way to doodle (which I do a lot of )....Zentangle...now I will remember this word as something fun, creative, and another way to calm my restless spirit. Blessed by an Angel :)

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Anwarart 6 years ago

I had heard about zentangles before in a blog I was reading, but I didn't really understand what they were. This lens is great. Your zentangles are beautiful, and I think I'll try to make one the next time I'm feeling stressed out.

anonymous 7 years ago

@molossus: you are the best!

dannystaple 7 years ago

I know at least a few people who will really love this page. I am going to have a go when doodling in meetings...

ChristiannaGarrett-Martin 7 years ago

Inspirational! I have never heard of this before. Great Lens, without being too long. I could really get into this art form.


molossus 7 years ago

Thank you for featuring my page. It's an honor to see my site listed with so many other fantastic sites.

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thanks Violette! I was wondering when your next book is out? I love Journal Bliss and neeed more!

anonymous 7 years ago

Wow.......this is amazing.........thank you! You've inspired me to have a go at Zentangling!

Love, violette

AlinaWarner 7 years ago

Favorited and 5 *****

Excellent lens.

Thank so much for sharing this information. :)

TanyaWhaley 7 years ago

Very interesting information! Thanks for sharing. 5***** and Favorited.

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Heinani 7 years ago

I perform art as a moving meditation. I find myself immersed in Zentangle, Cat's Cradle, Knots, Loops and Labyrinths. 5 stars to your beautiful lens.

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Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

I've always loved this form of doodley art ... now I have name for it. Love, love, love this lens and am rolling it and featuring it on Adult Coloring! 5*

traciek_23 7 years ago

I used to do these types of doodles all the time when I was younger; never knew it had a name! I think it's time I get back in touch with my creative side and give it another go. Thanks for a great lens!

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Kharadriisa LM 7 years ago

Wonderful lens well done. Blessed by an Angel :)

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EdmondHoggeJr 7 years ago

Very creative I love these designs I may have to try some of this hehehe =) Way to go

loganadrian 7 years ago

Extremely cool and beautiful

LaraMarlow 7 years ago

thank you!!!!

MaraiyaStorm 7 years ago

5***** and favorited great idea for a lens!

Happy 2010 to you.


LaraMarlow 7 years ago

wonderful page! I think I will have to try this it sounds like a wonderful, creative, artistic wmr. I think it would be very freeing.

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mij fan 7 years ago

Wow! Agreat lens on something I've NEVER heard of before. Beautiful work, and a nice angle on doodling.

kimmanleyort 7 years ago

I loved this lens from the first moment I saw it. Congratulations on #1 in all of Squidoo!

GrowWear 7 years ago

Congratulations for #1 in all of Squidoo for Zentangle!

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mamakat lm 7 years ago

Very interesting, didn't know they had a name. I've done similar doodles for years. It started several years ago when I worked at the domestic violence shelter. Part of the job was taking hot line calls, oftentimes these women just wanted to talk, and would do so for quite a long while. So, I'd doodle on a piece of scratch paper while I listened. I'd throw them away afterward. Until some of the kids in shelter spotted them. From then on, they'd all fight over who got to keep them. My niece and I even now, once in a while sit down and make these kinds of drawings. They're fun! (I'm not an artist at all..can't draw a straight line with a ruler, but these come out pretty nice!)

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@Grasmere Sue: Me? Moan? Never!

Thank you! Everyone - go see where Whitemoss lives. Go on .. you've seen enough Zentangles now!

greengardens 7 years ago

nice very nice

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Grasmere Sue 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

So very happy to see you LOTD ( I did "brag" about you- probably not needed though)-and now #1.

Weren't you just having a moan the other week?!

Very . very well done Bev!

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Pryzym 7 years ago

I agree with anayaface. lol

Great lens! I enjoyed it.

5stars to ya!

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anyaface lm 7 years ago

i can't believe i sat there and watched an 8 minute video on someone making a doodle..

nice job on the lens

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HappyValentinesD 7 years ago

I'd love to! This is an absolutely amazing and creative art form. This is the first I'm hearing of it. Glad to learn something new today. Thanks for sharing.

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CrossCreations 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

SOOOO happy for you on LOTD, ya got MY vote! LOVE these zentangles and have been playing with them. A doodler by nature, now my doodles and becoming zentangles and I scribble them everywhere, great...another obsession. Love ALL of your artwork, primo! 5*s and A+++!

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LoKackl 7 years ago

I can see how to zentangle would be a relaxing zen and creative energy way to create. 5*/fav and congratulations on LOTD!

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greenspirit 7 years ago from London

we used to spend many happy hours doing stuff like this when I was in college in the 70's. I had forgotten! Thanks for reminding me in this lovely lens, who knows, I may even find time to get out my pens and start again.

Paul_Soderholm 7 years ago

Oh yes, me likes! I have always been making doodles in the margins or on the backsides of documents... this is a new way I have to try! Thanks for the introduction!

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verymary 7 years ago from Chicago area

this lens rules! congrats on well-deserved LoTD and have a wonderful 2010 on Squidoo!

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norma-holt 7 years ago

Congrats on the purple star and LOTD. This lens sets such a high standard in quality and uniqueness that it will be hard to beat. Well done and I love it.


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clouda9 lm 7 years ago

Here I thought a doodle was a doodle...that is until I met your zentangle! Marvelous lens and congrats on LOTD!

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SueM11 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Congratulations on LOTD. First time I am learning about Zentangles. You have some amazing drawings.

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sudeep13582 lm 7 years ago

I never heart of zentangle, anyway.. nice informative lense.. thanks for sharing

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GonnaFly 7 years ago from Australia

How creative! I occasionally do a similar thing but you have so many different shading techniques - not just circles, lines and cross-hatching. Congrats on LotD!

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Wonderful Wedding 7 years ago

I love your lens! 5 stars from me and thanks for dropping by :)

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TrishH LM 7 years ago

OMG!!! I am so happy to have found this lens through lotd. I do these types of drawings all of the time and had no clue that they actually had a name. Beautiful drawings and I have a renewed energy in dong more of my doodles....thanks.

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Kailua-KonaGirl 7 years ago from New York

I use to do this in the '60's in the Haight and sell them on the street. Everyone thought I was stone! LOL! Glad to see I'm not the only one, but I never had a name for it. Thanks for putting a name to it and bringing back some awesome memories!

Oh, and yes, awesome lens that well deserves a 5 ranking and a huge congrats for LOTD!


anonymous 7 years ago

Wow! You got me. I just came to check out the LOTD and 30 minutes later I have created my own Zentangle! And it looks so cool! Congrats on such a creative lens! 5 Stars!

O2BGlutenFree 7 years ago

Congrats on LotD :) Great lens, and this is what I love most about Squidoo - learning about things that were completely unknown to me!

lightrix 7 years ago

Very nice lense, you got me in the mood to draw now :)

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ArtByLinda 7 years ago from Idaho

What unique artwork, I love your step by step instructions. Congrats on LOTD!

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tsmart 7 years ago

I remember doing this in art class in 8th grade. I don't remember if this is what they called it, but I like the new word! The art is fun as well, thanks for sharing!

Swagger1 7 years ago

Congrats on LOTD! Neat idea. Nice and informative lens.

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Franksterk 7 years ago from California

Zentangles are really cool. I've never heard of them before although I've seen examples of them. Great lens and well deserving of LOTD! Bear hugs, Frankster

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DebMartin 7 years ago

I LOVE your zentangle. I'm eager to try my first one.

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DreamingBoomer 7 years ago from Jackson, MS

How fun! I've been doing this for years - glad to know it has a name... only mine are not so neat. Will work on creating more "structured" doodles next time. Thanks for letting us know about this!

Income4life 7 years ago

Congratulations for LOTD! first time I hear that word zentangle

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SandyMertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

Very interesting. Congratulations on your LOTD.

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MediaMogul1 7 years ago

Really interesting concept for turning doodles into an art form. Congratulations on LOTD! 5 stars.

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greenerme 7 years ago

This looks like a lot of fun! Great work on this LOTD!

anonymous 7 years ago

Excellent lens! Thanks for sharing this great idea and congrats on being LOTD!:)

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carolkelly lm 7 years ago

This looks like fun. When I'm not drawing a particular subject, I do what I call 'Mental Test Patterns'. I've been thinking of making a lens out of them, also. You've inspired me! Kudos on your LOTD!

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Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

I've never heard of this, but it looks interesting. Congratulations on LOTD!

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MomwithAHook LM 7 years ago from California

I've been doing this type of doodling since high school. I would draw a shape and fill it in with patterns -- usually during lectures -- bored -- Anyhow, <3 this and tried doing it as you instructed and I believe I have found a new hobbie. Great lens.

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mythphile 7 years ago from California

Writer/scholar J.R.R. Tolkien did this a lot! His notebooks, postcards and letters to friends often have odd carpet-like doodles tucked around the margins, surrounding the stamps on envelopes, etc.

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steveffeo lm 7 years ago

Wow these are beautiful very interesting lens and congrats on LOTD

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JuneMary LM 7 years ago

Lovely! You mus have lots of patience.

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justholidays 7 years ago

Congratulations on your LOTD, Bev!

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newbizmau 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

I'm a new fan of Zentangles. It's incredible work. I'm fascinated.

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CherylK 7 years ago from Minnesota

Purple Star, LOTD, Wow! Congratulations on both. What a wonderful art form...I am definitely going to try this, myself. Now I'm going to visit the links...

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MarcBlackMedia LM 7 years ago

Hiya, very cool artwork you have here, loving it.

I've been doing this type of artwork all my life and never had a name for it until now, just instinctively draw on anything in front of me. You have re-inspired the artist in me, thanks to your cool Lens.

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@Heather426: Oh you little tinker! Thank you so much, Heather of the Ethereal lenses!

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Heather426 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

just stopping by to congratulate you on LOTD!!! I nominated this lens, so WAY TO GO!

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HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

CONGRAULATIONS on LOTD! You know how much I love this lens. What a great start to the new year.

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OhMe 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Congratulations for this well deserved LotD. This lens is amazing!

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delia-delia 7 years ago

congrats on LOTD...very cool lens....5*...I have done these types of doodles for years, but never knew there was a name....Thanks for sharing.

KNicholls 7 years ago

Congrats on LOTD! Great lens. I have a niece who loves this kind of thing and am sending this to her. I am also here to bless it.

GrowWear 7 years ago

Congratulations for LOTD for Zentangle!

happynutritionist 7 years ago

This is such a great page, back again to say congrats on LOTD!! ~claudia

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Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

Very interesting! I'd never heard of a zentangle before. Congratulations on LOTD!!

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thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

Love it - I use to do stuff like this when I was younger - I doodle all the time while I work - u should see the papers on my desk. Well deserved LOTD. I may have to get into this again and will be sharing with a bunch of friends who I have known to do this as well.

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SoyCandleLover 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

So cool. 5 stars and my congrats to you on your LotD. :D

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Leanne Chesser 7 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Congrats on LOTD!

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

What a lovely surprise! :-)

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RhondaAlbom 7 years ago from New Zealand

Congratulation on LOTD!

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Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

LOTD Woot!!!

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Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

You know I love this lens! Congratulations on Lens of the Day!!

Angel Blessed!

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KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

Congratulations on your purple star and Giant badge!

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Leanne Chesser 7 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Bev, I love this lens and I'm enjoying learning how to Zentangle. I'm also back to bless this terrific lens!

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@poptastic: Thank you!

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poptastic 7 years ago from Quezon City

Squidoo definitely needs to be populated by tons more wonderful lenses like this one! I'm back to give it a little boost because I strongly feel that it needs to be seen by more people! *blessed by an angel*

anonymous 7 years ago

An interesting lens. I have never heard of Zentagnale. It looks as if it is very contemplative.

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aka-rms 7 years ago from USA

Congratulations new Giant!

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evelynsaenz1 7 years ago from Royalton

Zentangles look like lots of fun. I bet they would be great on Zazzle.

Congratulations on your well deserved Purple Star as well as making Giant Squid.

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luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

I knew you'd make Giant! Congrats! :)

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HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

Congratulations on your purple star! We love to Zentangle!

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vanidiana24 7 years ago

It must take a hard work to create one, beautiful art...!

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@pkmcruk: Oh it's so pretty in purple! Thanks Paul! Oooh... am all excited!

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pkmcruk 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

That new Giant lens and that amazing purple star look very good together! Way To Go Bev! :-)

anonymous 7 years ago

What an awesome lens! great read! 5 *****'s and favorited! Happy New Year!

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kimark421 7 years ago

I believe you should learn somethng new everyday. Well, today I learned about Zentangles! Cool lens. 5*s

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paperfacets 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

This reminds me of days when I read Alan Watts.

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Fcuk Hub 7 years ago

I'll try it. Nice lens.

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EditPhotos 7 years ago from Earth

Awesome Lens! A very creative lens! 5**** and an Squidoo Blessing.

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stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

Cool lens! Looks like fun. I'll have to give it a try.

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Laniann 7 years ago

Congratulations, on being selected as one of the 2009 Giant Squid Award Winners for your lens on

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

Thanks Mimi and Healthlady. Much appreciated.

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

Hey Susan... I should think they'd be very pleased. This lens has sent 200 potential and hopefully very keen customers to their site in the last three months. You can find Zentangle/doodle instructions and videos all over the web.

Thanks for your visit and comment.

anonymous 7 years ago

What do Rick and Maria think about your posting of their concepts nand instructions? They sell kits and a CD.

GrowWear 7 years ago

Congratulations for Zentangle, 2009 Best Potential Giant Lens!

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nebby 7 years ago from USA

Congratulations on being a winner in the 2009 Giant Squid Awards! This is such a fun lens.

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@bdkz: Thank you Bonnie! I am thrilled to bits... what a lovely Christmas present!

bdkz 7 years ago

Congratulations on being a winner in the 2009 Giant Squid Awards! http://www.squidoo.com/2009-giant-squid-award-winn...

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ZOLTAR69 7 years ago

Thanks for your nice comments on my first lens (GRACEVISIONS). I am amazed at all the great work everyone does here. I hope to contribute more soon. Never give up, never say die!

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Heather426 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

OMG! I have been doing this all my life, just didn't know it had a name.. I remember doing them when I was 4! They are all over my notes everywhere, as I do borders constantly! 5* and blessed!

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RhondaAlbom 7 years ago from New Zealand

I'm with Pamela on this one, we are going to give a try as a homeschool art project

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JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

This looks like so much fun! I think this will have to be our homeschool art activity this week. :D

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Laniann 7 years ago

Congratulations on being nominated for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards. These are very beautiful. I enjoyed reading your lens and watching all the videos.

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SheGetsCreative 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

This I have to try! Zentangles are very cool :)

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@rubyandmahoney: Wow! I wish I could get mine drawing for a couple of hours! Tell your son I would love to see some of his one day soon.

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rubyandmahoney 7 years ago

This is an update to my earlier comment. :-) I showed this page to my 11 year old son and afterward, he happily spend a couple of hours drawing zentangles. I only had basic printing paper and a Sharpie marker so I plan to go out and pick up some heavier paper and some of the Micron markers to put in his Christmas stocking. He loves to draw and this gives him another outlet for that creative energy.

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kateloving 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

I love to doodle, but this is a wonderful form of doddling-moodling-allowing the mind to wander!!


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AnnRadley 7 years ago

This looks relaxing, almost meditative. Thank you - I had never heard of a zentangle before, and plan to try one!

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thesuccess2 7 years ago

#22 lens, no that was yesterday today #16 wow. I love to draw so hope to create my own Zentangles , and congrats on your nomination!!

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indigoj 7 years ago from UK

These are amazing. Yes, I'd love to give zentangles a go. Clearly a very deserving Giant Squid Award nomination - best of luck!

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ImproveMeU 7 years ago

I loved your beautiful and creative lens. 5* thank you for sharing

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Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

Wow! The Zentangles are beautiful! I will try a few on the computer.

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rubyandmahoney 7 years ago

These look like a lot of fun and I plan to try doing one soon. I can see how relaxing they might be to do. I am also going to show this to my 11 year old son. Thanks for sharing.

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Heinani 7 years ago

Aloha, I love the art of Zentangle. Mahalo for bringing it to my attention with your beautiful Squidoo lens. You have my vote and 5 stars too. I work with Hawaiian string figures as a spiritual and healing practice. The art of Zentangle will be an addition to my practice.

happynutritionist 7 years ago

This is something I have never heard of, which comes as a surprise to me with so many artists in the family...so beautiful...art is relaxing...even simply coloring in a coloring. Congratulations on the nomination for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards! ~claudia

Kapalbility 7 years ago

Ooh! That is intricate!

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poptastic 7 years ago from Quezon City

Lovely art! I always see Zentangles but I never knew what they were called until now. Good luck at the Squid Awards! (:

anonymous 7 years ago

This is a great lens and completely new to me. I will certainly be giving it a go as its gorgeous in design and quality. 5* fave and lens rolled

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@justholidays: I had no idea! Thanks for letting me know. x

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justholidays 7 years ago

Very well crafted lens!

Congrats on your nomination to 2009 Giant Squid Awards!


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CrossCreations 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

LOVE this! Never even heard of the word zentangle, but ya know I'm an obsessed doodler and think I'm a natural at this. Halfway through your page I was grabbing paper and pen to try some of the designs. I doodle when I'm bored, had the most gorgeous notes in college with crazy designs everywhere and then notes all around and inside of 'em! Some of my best doodles are when I'm not trying really, like I'm on the phone and start doodling while I'm talking and then hang up and think WOW! that's a GOOD one!!! Smiles! 5*s and A+ and lensrolling to some of my artsy pages. Best 2U!

Themiscorkscrew 7 years ago

This site is awesome!

WebSpinstress 7 years ago

I find your art journal pages very inspiring - what a great idea! I was also unaware of what a Zentangle or Zen Doodle referred to until I ran into your lens and I find it fascinating how many people seem to doodle this way. Favorited, and lensrolling to my Oriental Tribal artwork because it's the closest thing I can relate to. ;-)

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Surreymagic 7 years ago

I like it-

it's a new angle

called a zentangle!

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julieannbrady 7 years ago

What an interesting and unique idea. I had never heard the term, zentangle before my visit today.

anonymous 7 years ago

so that's wut u call it, zentangles! I saw this girl doing this while we were doing this extras gig.. she didn't know what to call it either. we decided to just call it "that's like tattoo art" 5*

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lasertek lm 7 years ago

Wow! This is very interesting. I'm no artist but I think I can do a zentangle. Thanks for sharing.

Visit my lenses as well if you got time. Thanks again

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PromptWriter 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

This is amazing! Mainly because I have spent many hours doing this since highschool. I still have a few of my old ones. And I still do it occasionally. I had no idea there was an actual name for it. Thanks!

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eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

I had to come and see this lens that I heard so much about!!! Great lens! love it! :)

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ZenandChic 7 years ago

Cool! This goes with the journaling lens you have that I love so much! I am going to lensroll it to my Why write a journal lens.

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luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

This is really cool! I love it! Now I know what I want to do for the space above my couch. A Giant Zentangle perhaps....


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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thank YOU, Sandy. I hope the visitors to this page will jump straight over to Beez in the Belfry!

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semas 7 years ago

I too find doodling meditative and realizing it can be developed to an art form is exciting.Thank you for the informative lens.


anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you for featuring my blog! And for mentioning the NH Magazine article. I love your tangled journal pages. If you read Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, I have an article in the current issue about Zentangles and journals!

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thank you!

anonymous 7 years ago

@Ramkitten2000: This is real nice isn't Deb? ~ I enjoyed a very relaxing time visiting here. I'm an artist and really like to doodle, these are very nice designs. Thank you for making this interesting place to visit. Congratulations in getting into the top 100! I hope that a Squid Angel blessing will help. ~ Best wishes for the holidays and Happy Thanksgiving.


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Ramkitten2000 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

So, THAT's what a Zentagle is! How neat! My husband is going to love this. And now I have the term for a lot of the artwork he creates, because it's at least similar to this, especially the doodles he makes in his sketchbook. He'll listen to "space music" and draw designs. Me, I'm usually too busy typing to doodle anymore, but "back in the day" I used to do zen-like doodles all over my notebook covers in school. Anyhow, great lens and congrats on top 100!

anonymous 7 years ago

Lovely. I used to fill half-pages with these when I was in high school bored out of my mind.

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mbgphoto 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

This is really cool! I love to doodle. This looks like a fun idea! Blessed by a SquidAngel

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Lou165 7 years ago from Australia

Lovely lens, this is something that I've been doing for a while, I just didn't know there was a name for it other than 'mom's doodling again!' Now I can tell them I'm designing zentangles :)

Qualitee 7 years ago

Just wanted you to know that I have been so inspired by your zentangle lens that I shall be designing a zentangle for my t-shirts.............thank you, you really are an inspiration.

kimmanleyort 7 years ago

Very cool examples and great how-to also.

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OhMe 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

I had no idea what Zentangles were until I read this wonderful lens. I think I might have to give it a try. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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drifter0658 lm 7 years ago

Very cool! I just saw this technique used in a movie. Some chick was getting letters delivered that where covered in Zentangles. Didn't know what they were until just now ;)

Smell the smoke of a burn-out blessing?

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

Thank you Mimi and Holley! And a big kiss to Welshalex cos he's my boy!

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Holley Web 7 years ago

I had never heard of this but the effect is beautiful! ~ Blessed by a Squid angel ~

GrowWear 7 years ago

Thank you for introducing me to Zentangles. Angel blessed. :)

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myraggededge 7 years ago Author

@Marelisa: Thanks for featuring me on your blog, Marelisa. Have blogged about your blog too! Bloggedy blog! Blogging on the Ragged Edge.

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welshalex 7 years ago

wow cool zens must give it a go!!

Marelisa 7 years ago

I just did the zendala in the video, it was a lot of fun!

anonymous 7 years ago

This is a really awesome page. I want to try Zentangling tonight. I doodle quite a bit and have done a Zendala which I really loved. Used to do free form mandalas. First time seeing a Zentangle and can't wait to try. Thank you for the clear step-by-step instructions. This looks so fun.

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hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

very cool - can't wait to try it!

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HealthfulMD 7 years ago from Northern California

Thank you for including the Mandala Gifts for Children, Teens and Adults with your Zentangle lens. Will be lensrolling this one to the Mandala Gifts.

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giacombs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

Angel blessings...Love this lens, love your creativity, sense of writing voice and so much more!

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HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

I love this. We are going to Zentangle tonight.

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TreasuresBrenda 7 years ago from Canada

Very interesting! Blessed by a SquidAngel and emailed to my son who loves to sketch.

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ssuthep 7 years ago

A very interesting lens. I learnt something new here. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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lakern26 lm 7 years ago

This is so cool! It seems like such a simple idea, yet it's so artistic. Great lens!

Qualitee 7 years ago

Absolutely amazing! Definite 5*

I doodled a circle of £ symbols the other day. Even though they were pound signs did not look anywhere near as good as your zentangles.

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oztoo lm 7 years ago

I used to "doodle" with effects similar to this. Never knew it had a name. Fascinating lens.

jangamm 7 years ago

I wonder what a handwriting analyst would make of your zentangles? Beautiful and fascinating as always...

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Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

Totally awesome! Such an unusual craft! i love it, Thanks!

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CherylsArt 7 years ago from West Virginia

Great idea! Lensrolled to Art Instruction lens.

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