The Fine Art of Doodling
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Doodle your cares away...
Amazingly enough, the "doodle" has officially become an art form. It is now referred to as a "Zentangle" and has it's very own website at Zentangle.com, as well as an official size, and an entire kit you can puchase, complete with special, fine point pens and special paper cut to the exact "official" size. All of the supplies even come with a DVD instructing you on different patterns, which even have official names!
What we have been doing in meetings, while being lectured to, during school when we should be listening, and especially during that lengthy boring phone call has now become the latest rage in the art world. There are videos on Youtube showing you different ways to make them, as well as a lot of the different patterns, saving you the expense of having to buy one of the kits.
Zentangles - Good For Your Health???
The whole idea behind the popularity of the zentangle is the "zen" part of the doodling. Scientists say that as we work on repetitive images, our minds are allowed to relax and it is becomes a form of meditation in it's own right. So, many think that this also allows the "right brain" to engage, which allows us to access a more creative thought pattern. Now, I will have to say that while I was doing a zentangle, I not only got the idea for this hub, but I also solved a couple of problems that had been nagging at me, as well as came up with a new design for an artwork to start tomorrow! So, maybe there is something to it. Worth a try, anyway!
I figure anything that can relax me (which isn't easy), doesn't make me sweat, and doesn't cost me any money other than art supplies, which I would buy anyway, must not be too bad! So, I have been "zendoodling" all evening, while sitting on the couch and listening to television. I did notice that while doodling, I missed a large portion of one of my favorite shows, so it must also help block outside interference. This could be a wonderful thing if you live in a noisy household and have a hard time finding any peace and quiet!
So, the next time you want to relax, grab a fine point pen or a pencil, and start zendoodling-if anyone complains, tell them you are doing it "for medicinal purposes"!