Zentangle Workshop

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Learn How to Create Beautiful Zendoodles

Welcome to my zendoodle workshop. What's a zendoodle? Well, it is a drawing created by filling pre-defined spaces with repeated patterns. Some people call them Zentangle® or Zentangle-inspired art, but this workshop is not connected to the Zentangle method taught by Rick and Maria of Zentangle.com. I am not a certified Zentangle teacher (CZT) so this workshop is just a guide and a nudge to get you going. If you really want to get into this art form, then I highly recommend you visit Zentangle.com and consider taking the course.

This workshop is spread over a long page. Scroll down to see sections on materials for creating zendoodles, a short step-by-step demonstration, videos, a gallery of Zentangle and Zentangle-inspired drawings and a whole plethora of similar pages that showcase various aspects of Zentangles, including books and further information.

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

Zentangle-inspired
Zentangle-inspired | Source

What is the Purpose of Zentangles or Zendoodles or Whatever They Are?

Well, they are beautiful. You will be surprised how easy they are to create and how lovely your very first one will be. You will be eager to make another and may find they are addictive!

One of the unexpected benefits is that as you work on your drawing, you will find yourself becoming calm and relaxed. If you can find 30 minutes of free time, without interruption, you may find yourself entering a quiet contemplative, meditative state. Drawing in this way, without trying to prove anything or worrying about getting it right allows your mind to take a break.

Creating Zentangles can improve your creativity in other areas of life. It can improve your confidence - after all if you can produce artwork like this, then you can do anything! Almost all creative tasks can be broken down into zendoodle steps. One small mark on the paper will lead to more.

You can frame and display them. Zendoodles look wonderful hung together in one place. Or how about you transfer your new skill to decorating your home? People have Zentangles on their walls, floors and even their toilet seats!

Zentangle tile
Zentangle tile | Source

What's With the Name Thing?

Zentangles, Zendoodles, Xentangles, Tangles... ?

Zentangle(R) is the name of the art form and method taught by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. You can learn their method by subscribing to their newsletter, visiting the website or by taking a course from them or from a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Other people have coined similar names to describe their work. I created some Zazzle products with my designs and labelled them 'Xentangles' to avoid infringing the trademark.

Rick and Maria have connected certain words or terms to their method, such as:

Tangle ~ the pattern formed by making repeated strokes of a pen. They have assigned names to all their tangles. I can't remember names so I don't use them. There is a great website which catalogues tangles, as created by Rick and Maria and also by other people. See the last page for links.

String ~ is the initial line drawn that provides a framework or structure for the tangles.

Tile ~ is the paper or support on which the Zentangle is drawn.

Doodle ~ is something Zentangles are not. Doodles are random, mindless things. Zentangles are purposeful and mindful. I do take issue with this. Many people have commented on a blog post of mine that they have been 'zentangling' (whoops.. not supposed to use it as a verb) for years but called their artwork 'doodles'. So, to me they will always be 'structured, contained doodles'.

It has been suggested that we call our outside-the-box stuff 'Zentangle-Inspired Art or 'ZIAs'. That's nice... I like it.

Zentangle 'first steps'
Zentangle 'first steps' | Source

First Steps in Zentangle

Gather Your Materials

I have listed below what you need to get started. It isn't much. Zendoodles are created with the most basic materials: pen and paper. You can hop over to Zentangle.com (no affiliation whatsoever) and purchase a ready-made kit. I have one and it really is lovely. However, you can put together your own kit much more cheaply.

I have also added some information about creating a special or sacred space for drawing. It is a very personal choice and I have some suggestions to turn your zendoodling time into something very special.

NEXT ~ Zentangle Materials

Zentangle Materials
Zentangle Materials | Source

Zentangle Zendoodle Materials

...And a Place to Use them

You need surprisingly few materials to create zendoodles. A pencil, pens, paper and an eraser will do. I also like to keep a tortillion/paper stump nearby for smudging and shading right at the very end of my Zentangle.

Another important point to consider is, if you intend to use this process as an active meditation, then you need to create the right place to work. I'll touch on that a little later. First - the pens!

Sakura Pigma Micron - Personally Recommended by TheRaggedEdge

The best pens you will find for Zentangles, doodles and many other applications. And... at around $10 for a set of six pens, you can't go wrong. Sakura Pigma Microns are archival, bleed-free and waterproof. Use the 005 and 01 for tangles. Use the higher numbers for filling in. They also work on many surfaces.

Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black
Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black

Product Features

Fine point pen ideal for drawing and writing

Pen doesn't clog or dry out

Waterproof ink; dries quickly; feather or bleed through papers; fade proof

6-Set contains (1 each): black 5-1/5 millimeter; black 1-1/4 millimeter; black 2-3/10 millimeter; black 3-2/5 millimeter; black 5-1/2 millimeter; black 8-1/2 millimeter

 

Sakura 11-Piece Zentangle Set

This is the perfect, all-in-one, complete Zentangle kit for beginners or experienced zendoodlers. How can you resist trying Zentangle now?

Buy the Sakura Zentangle Kit in the UK. Check delivery costs though, you might be able to find it cheaper elsewhere.

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

Product Features

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

 

Pencils

You only need a couple of ordinary HB pencils for Zentangles. However, this is the set I have right next to me now. I like the fact that there are charcoal pencils included. I would like to know which member of my family has walked off with the sharpener and erasers!

18 Pc Sketch & Drawing Set with Pencils, Charcoals, Erasers
18 Pc Sketch & Drawing Set with Pencils, Charcoals, Erasers

These quality drawing pencils are equally capable of producing quick sketches or finely worked drawings. Of all drawing media, pencils are the most immediate, versatile and sensitive. These pencils can be used for soft, delicate qualities or bold, crisp sharpness and the selection included in this set is perfect for artists of all skill levels. Included in the set: ~ Sketch pencils in H, 2H, HB, F, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B ~ Charcoal Pencils in 2B, 4B, and 6B ~ 1 Sketch Stick in 6B ~ 1 soft charcoal stick ~ 1 medium charcoal stick ~ 1 white plastic eraser ~ 1 kneaded eraser ~ 1 charcoal sharpener ~ 1 pencil sharpener.

 

Moleskine Watercolor Notebook Pocket

The sketchpad version of the Moleskine is excellent for Zentangles. However, I do prefer the heavier paper in this watercolor notebook. I often revisit my drawings and add watercolor or other media to them and I need something that will stand up to the extra punishment.

If you can get hold of one, a Fabriano Satinata Fadpad 8 x 6 inches (A5) is even better as it is Hot Pressed paper and is lovely and smooth. Alternatively, if making 3.5 inch tiles for Zentangles, buy Fabriano Artistico HP in large sheets.

Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, Pocket, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5) (Classic Notebooks)
Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, Pocket, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5) (Classic Notebooks)

The Moleskine Watercolour Pocket notebook is the portable atelier for painting and drawing with watercolours. A heavy 200-gram, cold-pressed paper is identical on the both sides and was created especially for Moleskine. Every Moleskine product is thread bound and has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history.

 

A few other Zentangle bits & bobs

Get yourself a good eraser - not for mistakes but to erase your initial pencil string. You may think it isn't visible but if you gently use the eraser over the drawing, you will see how it suddenly pops. Then you will want to add back some judicious shading.

A tortillion or paper stump, often used by pastel artists, is very useful for softening shading.

And, of course, a pencil sharpener. Try to hide it from your kids!

Zentangle letter P
Zentangle letter P | Source

A Special Place to Zen-Out

Zen-doodle on the go

Actually, if truth be told, I don't have anywhere special to do my zendoodles. I have a corner of a large bedroom, where my computer, printer, art materials and workspace live. I usually do my drawings here. I also do them while sitting in front of the TV. Okay... I also do them over the play park, at the beach and when we go for a walk and the children want to go off and explore.

That's the beauty of Zentangles; you need so little that you can do them anywhere.

Deliberate doodling - Zentangle as meditation

However, when I am settling down to some serious doodling (there's an oxymoron), I like to create the right conditions. It is lovely to shut the door, play some relaxing music and chill out. Sometimes I substitute the music for a good radio play - BBC Radio 4.

I like incense, so will often light a stick to get me in a creative mood. If you have a good, directed desk lamp to draw by, then light a candle or two around the room, otherwise, natural daylight is best.

Try to create some time when you won't be interrupted.

Begin by closing your eyes and grounding yourself for a few moments. Visualize roots spreading from your feet, into the floor and down into the earth. Breathe deeply and relax. When you feel calm pick up your pencil and begin your drawing. Don't plan it, just allow your hand to guide itself as you draw the initial dots, lines and string. Start to add tangles with a pen. Focus your mind on the movement of the pen as you fill in the spaces, hear the noise it makes and feel the texture of the paper. If, in due course, your mind wants to wander then let it go. Enjoy.

NEXT ~ Zendoodle Step-by-Step

Official Zentangle Tile Back
Official Zentangle Tile Back | Source

Zendoodle Step-by-Step

Although the images in this Zentangle-inspired workshop are all very different, they usually start out in exactly the same way - a single line drawn on paper. The nice people at Zentangle.com call this a 'string'. This string forms the structure of your drawing.

For this workshop, we're going to go the traditional way, with a single line drawn on a 'tile' - a piece of paper or card 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches (8.5 cm x 8.5 cm).

The image shows the back of a Zentangle tile from my kit. The paper is lovely and perfect for zendoodling. However, eventually, you may find this size is just too small so move onto a watercolor pad or loose paper.

Zentangle dots and border
Zentangle dots and border | Source

Step One - Dot and Border your Zendoodle Tile

Take your tile and make four dots with your pencil; one in each corner. You don't need to be precise about this. Join the dots with a wavy line. You can even put loops in it but it's not compulsory. Keep your pencil marks light - mine are heavy so they will show up on the scan.

Once you have drawn a number of these, you may find yourself dispensing with the border altogether. Some people like to fill the whole tile. For now, we'll go with the border.

Zentangle String
Zentangle String | Source

Step Two - Draw your Zentangle String

Put your pencil tip at one edge of the border and draw a random curvy line. You can see that mine looks like an inverted 'V' and an elaborate 'S'. You can make yours more or less complex.

It's a good idea to practice drawing strings on scrap paper. Many people have problems with strings, including me. Watch the videos in the next section to see how effortless Maria makes it look.

Again keep your pencil light. I had to go over mine to make it visible, hence its scruffy look. No matter, it will be erased when the drawing is almost done.

Just start tangling
Just start tangling | Source

Step Three - Start Tangling

Begin to fill the sections with tangles with your 01 Micron pen (or use the finest black pen you have). For now, keep to a single simple pattern in each section. I have provided some examples below and you will find more on the videos and the links in the last part of the workshop. I recommend you sign up to the Zentangle.com newsletter as they often include instructions for new tangles.

Also take a look at my other Zendoodle pages, again, they are all listed on the last part of the workshop. You will find ideas everywhere.

This is where the relaxing starts. It is the sheer repetitiveness of making small marks on paper that enables you to enter a meditative state. Put on some tinkly music and you'll be away.

My tile seems to want to keep turning around and that's okay too. A true Zentangle can be viewed any way up and it will always look good. Zentangle-inspired art, which is a slightly different thing, can be all manner of tangled shapes, such as hearts, birds, hands, faces - anything, in fact.

Simple Tangles

Easy Tangles
Easy Tangles | Source
Zentangle almost done
Zentangle almost done | Source

Step Four - Erase the String

I've filled all the sections that I wanted to. You can leave as much white space as you like. As I was tangling, I could see that there was a heart-shape going on so I extended the top-right border a little to complete the heart.

Now it's time to erase the pencil lines.

Zentangle - pencil lines erased

Guide lines erased
Guide lines erased | Source

Step Five - Add Shading

I like this part best of all. It's quite simple to add shading to your drawing. Turn it around until you are looking at it the way you like best. Then decide which way the light is coming to it. From top left or top right usually works well. Mine is going be top left.

Begin to shade the sides of your tangle sections to make them look three-dimensional. Shade under 'leaves' and 'pebbles'. You can always erase if you don't like it. I always use a tortillion/paper stump to soften the shading.

And don't forget to sign and date your work. It's really interesting to go back and see how your skills develop over time. You can see more on Zentangle Shading

Here is the finished Zentangle:

Zentangle Workshop Completed Drawing
Zentangle Workshop Completed Drawing | Source
Inktense zentangle-inspired
Inktense zentangle-inspired | Source

Do Zentangles Have to be Black & White?

Yes... and no

Purists will say, yes, they do. However, ZIAs (Zentangle Inspired Art-ists) will laugh and say, of course not. Color your creations beautiful using pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor paints, acrylics, ink... anything that works for you.

Another Zentangle-inspired page: Zentangle With Color. Supply list and examples.

NEXT ~ Zentangle Videos

Zentangle Inspired Art
Zentangle Inspired Art | Source

Zentangle Videos

I've selected five videos to help you develop your zendoodle skills. As you can see, different artists have different styles. Yours will develop, the more Zentangles you create. For now, sit back, relax and enjoy this collection.

Zentangle Mooka

Maria Thomas of Zentangle.com demonstrates 'Mooka', a tangle based on the art of Alphonse Mucha. This is a lovely video and I am so glad that Rick and Maria decided to go YouYube with this. You can see how Maria draws her 'strings' to get started.

Oh... and don't adjust your speakers. Maria's voice comes from one channel and Rick's from the other.

A definite keeper!

Zentangle Betweed

Another superb demonstration from Rick and Maria. This time showcasing the very dynamic 'Betweed'. This would be a great tangle to start with as it is so simple. I also love the circles/orbs in one of the Zentangles - they are my favourite element.

Zentangle Alphabet - by Suzanne McNeill

Letters and numbers make wonderful 'strings' on which to tangle. It is one of my favourite techniques and is particularly useful in journals and for greetings cards and gift tags. Suzanne is the author of several Zentangle books.

Zentangle Masterclass Part A - Just to show you how it's really done...

Suzanne McNeill introduces one of Rick and Maria's CZT masterclasses. This is a really nice one to watch because many artists demonstrate tangles that they have developed themselves. There is also a Part B to this video.

Milliande's Zendoodle Sampler

I couldn't leave out Milliande, who, I think, coined the term 'zendoodle'. Here she shows how to create a zendoodle sampler. I love her accent and the music she often uses on her videos. You'll trance out just watching her.

See more at Milliande.com

NEXT ~ Zendoodle Gallery

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"Harmony" Zentangle-Inspired - Guest tangle by KNM

Zentangle-Inspired "Harmony" contributed by the talented KNM
Zentangle-Inspired "Harmony" contributed by the talented KNM | Source

Zentangle-Inspired Rapunzel - by KNM

Zentangle Rapunzel contributed by KNM
Zentangle Rapunzel contributed by KNM | Source
Zendoodle with watercolor
Zendoodle with watercolor

More Zentangle-Inspired Stuff

On this next section, I have gathered some links to other sites, links to my own pages and anything else that might be useful to you. Don't forget to let me know if you have enjoyed this Zentangle workshop by leaving a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Photo: I used a zendoodle to decorate an art journal page. The entry was about a lovely spring walk that my kids and I went on and this Zentangle seemed just right.

Useful Zentangle Links

Zentangle The official Zentangle site.

Zentangle® Blog The official Zentangle blog.

Tangle Patterns A great resource. Click on the grey letters at the top of the page to see a myriad of tangles and links to instructions to draw them.

Laura Harms Laura Harms posts a weekly Zentangle challenge.

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Anyone can create a zendoodle. Would you like to try? 66 comments

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sierradawn lm 3 years ago

Been doing this all my life. Did not know it had a catchy name! Love your beautiful lens!


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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@KateFeredayEshete: I'm so glad you came back to tell me how you are getting on, Kate. I'm thrilled to bits that your children have fallen in love with Zentangle. I'm sure your Grade 2-ers will also :)


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KateFeredayEshete 3 years ago from Ethiopia

After reading a couple of your other lenses on Zentangles, I got my children started on doing this. Now they're total addicts! I'm impressed by the work you've put in to produce these beautiful lenses with so many wonderful examples. I don't have much time for drawing Zentangles myself, but I shall be introducing the Grade 2s at my school in the Ethiopian Highlands to Zentangles in their Art lessons next week.


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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thank you, Christine. I believe that Zentangle.com are doing very nicely. I wish it were mine :D


anonymous 3 years ago

I came here via Pinterest. I am amazed to see this turned into a business. I've been doing ... Zentangle since I was in high school (1970s) when bored in class. It's done with different colored pens, but always in my notebooks. Taking days to finish, but always meditative. I just cannot believe it's become an art form. I think I'll see if my books are still in storage... Enjoyed your site.


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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@kislanyk: You should do it anyway, marciag! Thanks for stopping by.


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kislanyk 3 years ago from Cyprus

Great artk I love Zentangle drawings. I'm also doing tangles and I was about to write a lens on it, but you've got it covered pretty well, so I won't do it anymore.


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myraggededge 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: You are right, Cathy. When I started, I would see tangle patterns in my dreams :)


anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you very much for these informations ! I've some difficulties with shadding ! but I'm a newbie :) I want learn, learn, and learn !!!! Zentangle is an addiction !


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WeeCatCreations1 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Although I doodle, it was only recently that I learned about Zentangles ... a new step for me!


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JeffGilbert 4 years ago

Yes, I started with your other page, but I can see that this lens is like a whole ourse. Thanks for making it!! :)


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CassandraWrites 4 years ago

Wonderful lens - I can't wait to try this!


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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Sie sind herzlich eingeladen.


anonymous 4 years ago

Vielen herzlichen Dank für die wunderbaren Beschreibungen und Videos. Ich habe daraus viel gelernt.


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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@MosaicBlue: How lovely of you to say so, MosaicBlue, glad you like it. Happy tangling!


MosaicBlue 4 years ago

Thank you for all of your hard work and inspiration! I spent so much time here last night that I was tangling in my dreams! You have such a wealth of inspiration here. Awesome!!!


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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@JennyK2: Thanks so much, Jenny_K.


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JennyK2 4 years ago

I really love this. I'm new to zentangle, and this is the best how to I've seen so far. Much better than the book I purchased!


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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thank you!


anonymous 4 years ago

Really interested in taking this up. Very comprehensive site. Helpful information all in one spot!


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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: You are very welcome. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit.


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you very much for your excellent website. I have found it informative and helpful, and want to express my gratitude to you for doing all the work to present this material so clearly and attractively.


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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hello Ana. Which ones what? I'm afraid I' don't understand your question. Your Zentangle starting kit only needs to be paper, fine liner pens, pencil and eraser :)


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Hi! Which ones? I'm new at this and don't live in the US, so my Starting Kit is going to take a long time to get here.


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WildFacesGallery 4 years ago from Iowa

Had already liked this one but popped back in for a Halloween Blessings. :)


anonymous 4 years ago

WOW thank you for this fabulous info - your art is really inspiring.


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lewisgirl 4 years ago

Yes, I am ready to try.


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indigomoth 4 years ago from New Zealand

I think I've been doing something like this for a while and didn't realize it! Some great info here, thanks :)


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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Cindy,, glad you stopped by. Grab a pencil, pen and paper... four dots, a wavy line, pick a pattern and just start tangling. Good luck!


anonymous 4 years ago

This was awesome thank you! I'm new to Zen tangle

I don't know where to start.


expensivediamonds 4 years ago

Beautiful.... I can imagine these as amazing pieces of jewellery (I like to see things sparkle) - maybe you should progress to jewellery design. Amazing Talent!


zoona-sehar 4 years ago

i want to learn


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RoadMonkey 4 years ago

Great lens. Have skipped through quickly just to see if I would like it and it's fantastic. I must try these out.


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myraggededge 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: And they would be?

The way I look at it - there can't be any mistakes in Zentangle, doodling or art in general.

Why don't you pop over to my blog and join in the discussion? Explain your position and tell me why I am so mistaken: http://theraggededge.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/zent...


anonymous 4 years ago

You should sign up to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher, then you will know how mistaken you are about some of the points you have made.


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athomemomblog 4 years ago from Guatemala

This is so cool! I'd never heard of Zentangle before but I will definitely be trying it.


kassjane 4 years ago

@anonymous: As a CZT I find your comment offensive, rude and NOT in the spirit of Zentangle, Ruby. Grow up.


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Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Wonderfully clear and informative tutorial and great use of several different and relevant Squidoo modules that benefit your visitors who are interested in learning to draw Zentangles. Blessed by a SquidAngel!


anonymous 4 years ago

Wonderful. I have done a little, but didn't know it had a name. Very relaxing.

Looking forward to learning more about this art.


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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

Awesome stuff. I am very impressed with the time and effort you have put into this, and the idea is a great one. Angel blessed and pinned to my board "Arts and Crafts I love."


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SteveKaye 4 years ago

Fantastic idea. I'm going to try it. Thanks for publishing this.


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JoyfulReviewer 4 years ago

Thank you for the introduction to this intriguing craft ... and for all the helpful instructions you've provided. Blessed by a joyful angel.


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Di Annesley 4 years ago from New Zealand

Excellent lens. I have watched all the videos and they made me relax completely. Now I just have to find a little time and start Thanks so much.


anonymous 4 years ago

OMG... this site is great. You have done a fantastic job in this lens. I just discovered Zentangles yesterday when I was browsing for ideas on a policy envelope mini scrapbook album... go figure.. I can't wait to get started trying this out. I can see me making photo mats and frames for my scrapbook projects.

Jennifer


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Seasons Greetings 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've heard of this once before. You have a lot in this post, it makes a great start to understanding and starting to try it yourself.


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caketech 4 years ago

I pinned this to my art board on pinterest as well...I have to try this! Angel blessings to you for inspiring me!


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing your techniques and these lovely drawings. The day one must attend a class and be "certified" to do artwork is the day that many creative people will stop, and the world will be a much sadder place.


anonymous 5 years ago

Beautifully done workshop. I was showing one of your zentangle lenses to my son one day recently, trying to give him some ideas for his art assignment. My granddaughter was so inspired by it that she made a wonderful picture that she colored after. I love this and what you're doing, very unique art.


anonymous 5 years ago

i must say.... very good lens


jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

Zentangles are some very creative drawings. It's like a reflection of whatever image you have in your mind at the moment and you find a way to incorporate it into the existing drawing.


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Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

What a terrific lens on making Zentangles! Well done and thanks!


anonymous 5 years ago

Excellent, I just had to Pin this lens to my Art board on Pinterest, you are so inspiring, and very talented :)


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myraggededge 5 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thank you, Cheryl. Happy tangling and a happy New Year!


anonymous 5 years ago

You don't need to be "certified" to enjoy this art form - obviously! Your zen (?'s - whatever you want to call them) are beautiful, well done. Your blog is enjoyable, hope you can keep it up with all this useful information.

I too live in a remote area of Canada and going to be certified, is so out of the question. I too enjoy zentangling, but not blogging because of internet restrictions.


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myraggededge 5 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thank you, Ruby. I am so happy you think I have a modicum of proficiency. Although the class you refer to seems to me to mean 'homogenized conformity'. I like to be different, don't you?

I'd love to attend a CZT seminar but, unfortunately, I live in the UK and have two home-schooled kids (very time and income absorbing).

By the way, 'doodle' isn't a dirty word.


anonymous 5 years ago

If you truly took the time to become a CZT, you most likely wouldn't use the term "doodle" so freely. You seriously seem to have some talent going on, but lack the class of someone who has made the trip to the CZT Seminar.


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Doglover5 5 years ago

Great lens, really fascinating, when I have time will give it a go


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norma-holt 5 years ago

Fascinating art form and wonderful designs. Featured this on Art Supplies.


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ItayaLightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

Your articles about zendoodles are just wonderful! I can see making so many gifts doing something like this. Of course it would probably take lots of practice to get as good as yours are. :)


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fugeecat lm 5 years ago

These are beautiful. I want to do the alphabet. They would make great gifts for some of my friends.


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dwnovacek 5 years ago

I'm having so much fun trying to perfect this technique! I know I'll be back often, though. Angel Blessings!


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junecampbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Excellent lens. I am bookmarking it


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Heather426 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

Awesome and amazing lens!!! Wonderful instruction on zentangling!


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BlueStarling 5 years ago

Very cool! Nice lens with lots of info and examples.


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ZenandChic 5 years ago

Love these zentangles and that you showed a step by step tutorial. I joined your blog and I blessed this lens!


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sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

beautiful art. well presented lens. ~blessed~

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