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Zendalas Challenge

Updated on September 24, 2014

The Zen of Doodling for 30 Days

Remember all the notebooks and margins you used to mark up when you were sitting in class. Here's your chance to do it again and not get in to trouble for it!

Release your creative freedom with the art that anyone, that's right anyone, can do with the 30 day Zendala challenge.

Once a day for the next 30 days make at least one zendala. I dare you!

Citation: unless otherwise stated images are copyright M. E. Wood.

What is a Zendala?

Basically it is creating a doodle pattern within a circle.

Do You Doodle?

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My Favorite Example of Zendala Creation

Watch Milliande create a Zendala from start to finish. Not only is it a calming experience to create one yourself it is also calming to watch her create one. Enjoy and be inspired to create your own.

Don't Like Circles?

You can do squares (Zentangles - see link below) or a little bit of both!

My 30 Zendala Challenge Begins Here - Days One to Ten

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Tools and Equipment

What do you need to work on this 30 day challenge? No special tools are required. You can use a regular ball point pen and paper if you like. But if you can afford it I recommend an ink pen and watercolor or heavy sketch paper (heavy paper is required to prevent bleed through and curling). If you use regular paper you'll need a bleed sheet to put between the sheet you are working on and the next fresh sheet.

For this challenge I used a Fabriano watercolor tablet in 5 x 7 size which allowed for two circles per side. I made the circles with the masking tape you see in the image. The inside circle seemed like a perfect size for working through this challenge but you can use something bigger if you like. I also have a small 3 1/2 x 5 sketchbook where I have been collecting patterns I like and create. Each facing page is divided into four rectangles.

I have used a combination of pens: A fine point Sharpie for thick lines, a Sharpie pen for fine lines, Micron Pigma pens (01 and 08), a Calligraphic marker (1.5) and a metal tip Calligraphy pen with refillable ink. Of all of them I think the Micron seems to last the longest. I prefer black because it seems the sharpest visually.

My Zendala Challenge - Day 11 to 20

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My Zendala Challenge - Day 21 to 30

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Looking for Patterns?

If by mid-month of your 30 day challenge you feel your patterns are getting stale then you must stop by Tangle Patterns which is the absolute best resource for doodling patterns.

10 Reasons to Take the Zendalas Challenge

  1. It takes at least 21 days to start a new habit so by 30 you should be a master!
  2. It's relaxing and calming.
  3. It reduces stress.
  4. It offers an easy to do creative outlet that everyone can do.
  5. No training required.
  6. It makes a great "artist's date". (see Julia Cameron's Artist's Way)
  7. The satisfaction of finishing 30 small projects in 30 days is rewarding.
  8. your friends will think you are cool.
  9. It improves your eye hand coordination.
  10. They make great cards and present tags.

Whether you are going to participate or not, cheer us on. If you create a lens on your 30 day challenge linking to this lens let me know and I'll create a featured area for your lens.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @parwatisingari lm: For this lens I used the "photo gallery" module because there were so many images. You can also do individual ones with the "polaroid" module. Or you could use the "Text with BIG Picture" module which has a large centered picture and you could write your thoughts about the creative experience below it.

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      parwatisingari lm 4 years ago

      hi have not been able to upload the picture

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @parwatisingari lm: When you create the lens send me the link and I will feature it. :D

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      parwatisingari lm 4 years ago

      @PromptWriter: how do I share it with the group.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @parwatisingari lm: Excellent, have fun. Not sure what you mean by "link it up".

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      parwatisingari lm 4 years ago

      okay starting today I zendala, but somethings how do I link it up

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think this is a lovely idea and will start tomorrow!

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @caketech: Definitely try the challenge. It is so much fun.

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      caketech 5 years ago

      Just discovered Zentangles, and I was looking for more ideas when I ran across this lens! Now I have to try one of these...maybe even go for the 30 day challenge and see what I come up with!

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      parwatisingari lm 5 years ago

      @PromptWriter: Let me challenge myself, I am very challenged when it comes to drawing of any kind.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      I love your approach! Thinking maybe I should start the challenge. A new inspiration I truly need! Thanks for your concise and simple instructions to the cause. FEELING GOOD!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      This is really cool stuff. I like how it starts out as random patterns but eventually you form it as something else entirely which becomes more coherent and sensible in the whole picture.

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      I color mandalas. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cheering you on and congratulating you on being featured on the front page...blessed!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      My daughter's a doodler extraordinaire. The work on this page could be hers - amazing! I'm going to have to show this to here! Congratulations on making the front page!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      I used to doodle on my notebook and pieces of paper all the time. Never thought of doing something like this instead. Great idea.

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      Seems fun and exciting. I would like to try this.

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Very nice designs! I'd never heard of Zendala before seeing this lens

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @parwatisingari lm: One option is the Featured Lens Module. The other is just a simple text link. Make sure you come back here and let me know about your lens.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I do Zentangles. Love it! It's fun to start with a theme then just go. It always end up different than I imagined. Love doodling!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      very nice lens!

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      parwatisingari lm 5 years ago

      I would like to try this out, but how do I link this to my lense?

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is a great idea. Very interesting designs. I can see how this would relieve stress

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Absolutely love your work and this zendala zendoodle thingie. Welcome this lens to Purple Star Pastiche - come vote it up!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      what a lovely patterns. ~blessed by a squid angel~

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      mariatjader 6 years ago

      Wonderful idea. Valentine's squid angel blessed*

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      What a neat idea. I'm going to try this! :)

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      @WildFacesGallery: This was such a great lens I had to come back to bless it. very nicely done.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Very cool lens! Thanks!

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      Beautiful! I love to doodle but rarely get such an incredible outcome.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Dee Gallemore: I hear ya! It's been decades for me too. Now suddenly some one gave it a name. Thank you for blessing!

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      Amazing! I've been "doodling" very similar to this since I was a young girl (decades) and I never knew there was a name for it. Great topic . . . very nicely done . . . and blessed!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Really lovely. Before squidoo I'd never heard of Zentangle or Zendala. This seems like a great art form to get into.