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The Fine Art of Doodling

Updated on July 21, 2010

Zentangles and doodles

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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, 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"!


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    • Dan Barfield profile image

      Dan Barfield 

      5 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      Wow!! Never heard of this before - they're stunning! Brilliant hub!

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      Rodney C Lawley 

      6 years ago from Southeastern United States

      I learned something new here. Thank you.

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for reading, Scribenet!

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Louise!

    • La Papillon profile image

      La Papillon 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hi Laura ;)

      Love your doodling art.

      I used to do alot of inkpen doodle art when younger, it is fun and you can create some crisp and interesting designs with this method.

      Cheers, Louise ;)

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      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I haven't doodled for a long time...I must get back into it...watched the You tube clip and it looks so relaxing and quite fascinating to look at as well. Thanks for a Great Hub!

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      Glenn Stok 

      7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Laura, sometimes typos are Freudian Slips. lol.

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      7 years ago from Central Texas


      Glad you enjoyed my hub, and thanks for the "hug"!!

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      Glenn Stok 

      7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I wrote a book about my doodles but never knew it is now called Zentangle. Thanks for a great hub. I added a link to your hub in a hug I wrote about doodles.

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      8 years ago from Central Texas


      With the advent of cellphones, etc, I think doodling is much less a social faux pas than it used to be

    • Michelle Callis profile image

      Michelle Callis 

      8 years ago from USA

      Yay! Love to learn something new -- didn't know about Zentangles. Great article! An artist at heart, I've always been a doodler but often worried about the presenter of the lecture, workshop, sermon, etc. thinking it might be considered if I weren't interested in what they were saying. But now, I see people sitting all around me using their iphones. And how can the presenter tell if they are actually looking up related material on the internet or using their Kimble for a passage from a book..or taking notes on what he/she is saying? For all they know the person could be texting or playing a game... So maybe doodling isn't such a social etiquette faux pas these days...

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That is great and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      My mom doodles every time she is on the phone. She is not aware of it when engrossed in conversations. The patterns are always different. Some I save...

    • Laura Thykeson profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Thykeson 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for the input Mike. I agree, and think the zentangles are a great form of relaxation.

      Doodlebug, I think that the creative process has to start somewhere, why NOT a doodle?? Thanks for the comment!

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I never knew doodling had a more "official" name, but I think the ideas behind advocating doodles as a true art form are great. I get a lot of nice designs from talking or (more often) being left on hold, and they often become something more. Great hub!


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      8 years ago

      I love to doodle and get a lot of unique images from it. I never knew about zentangle, though, and tend to turn my images into something representational rather than abstract. Fun stuff!


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