Zentangle, Zendoodles - What Are They?
People have been doodling for years... well at least since the invention of the telephone! Haven't you sometimes been quite surprised at seeing the results of your mindless marks? Zentangles aren't really doodling in that way but they are created similarly; building up a design by completing small sections at a time. These small sections, or blocks of pattern are called 'tangles'.
The term 'Zentangle' was coined by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts when Maria, a calligraphic artist, found that she was creating designs while her mind entered a meditative state. They designed a small library of 'tangles' and set about transforming her dream into a business.
Several years later and Zentangle has caught the imagination of the artistic (and not so artistic) community. The idea has spread like a virus and now you will find examples of these fascinating doodle drawings all over the web.
Materials for Zentangles
The great thing about Zentangles is that you can carry everything you need in your purse making this art form extremely portable. It is lovely to while away a few minutes while you are waiting for the kids or a doctor's appointment. You won't mind being kept waiting any more!
So the materials required for your Zendoodles are:
- A small sketchpad or supply of smooth watercolor paper.
- HB pencil
- Fine liner pens - I recommend Sakura Pigma Micron in a variety of sizes from 01 - 08.
And that's it. Did I mention that this is a very cheap hobby?
Alternatively you can purchase a neat , which includes examples of tangles, pens, pencils, eraser, and 10 die-cut watercolor squares. After you have used up all the squares, which you will do very quickly, I recommend you either buy a replacement pack - Strathmore do a really good tan-toned one, which makes your drawings look quite special, or you can even use plain coasters. Zentangle Apprentice 18 Pc Set
Quick Step-by-Step Guide
- Grab a 'tile' or mark out a 3.5 inch square.
- Draw an organic curving line. Add more as necessary, creating spaces and pockets.
- Begin to tangle a repeating pattern in one of the spaces.
- Move to another space and use a different pattern until the drawing is how you like it.
- When it's complete, erase the pencil lines and add some shading.
See the image below for a really simplistic and easy example. Sorry it's not very beautiful - I completed it in just a few minutes, but it does give an idea how to start.
Benefits of Zendoodling
There are many reasons to try the process of creating Zentangles. They are so relaxing - just put on some gentle music or perhaps an absorbing radio interview and simply let your hand doodle away. Your very first one may not be so good but I wager that your second one will thrill you! You can create them as small or as large as you want, They have been seen decorating all kinds of objects from shoe to walls.
When you are stressed, tired or bored, let your mind roam free while you engage in the relaxing art of Zendoodle.
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