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Updated on December 16, 2015

Zentangle-Inspired Art - ZIA

Zentangle® is the art of creating abstract black and white pen drawings on a 3.5" x 3.5" piece of watercolor paper. However, there are many variations and interesting departures from the original Zentangle definition. We call these wanderings and meanderings "Zentangle-inspired art". Using the basic guidelines of Zentangle, we can increase the size of the drawing, transfer it to a three-dimensional object or add color - lots of color.

They look complicated but once you have grasped the basic techniques, you will find them quite simple.

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

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Zentangle colored with Inktense pencils.
Zentangle colored with Inktense pencils. | Source
Derwent Inktense 24 set
Derwent Inktense 24 set

Materials for Zentangle-Inspired Art

Watercolor paper or a sturdy sketch pad. Moleskines are good.

Graphite pencils - one or two; HB and 2B are recommended.

Sakura Pigma Micron pens from 01 - 05


Colored Sakura Pigma Micron pens

Colored pencils - try Prismacolor

Watercolor pencils - Again, try Prismacolor or Derwent Inktense for jewel-like colors. I also have some individually chosen watercolor pencils in pastel tints.

Watercolor paint. - Try sparkly Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor Set, 21-Colors.

Water soluble markers like those from Prismacolor

Tombow brush tip markers

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Retro, 10-Pack
Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Retro, 10-Pack

I have a set of these and they are great for Zentangle - you only need to add a dot of color, then pull it down into the tangle with a water paintbrush.

Zentangle Doodle with Inktense
Zentangle Doodle with Inktense | Source

A true Zentangle can be viewed from any side. Rotate yours - you might be surprised.

Color Zentangle rotated
Color Zentangle rotated | Source
Watercolor pencil doodle
Watercolor pencil doodle | Source

Techniques for Color Zentangles

There are several ways to produce beautifully colored Zentangles. Try them all!. You could start with a previously created drawing and simply color it with pencils. Scan or photograph your piece before changing it though, so you have a record of the original.

Make a more vibrant Zentangle by coloring with watercolor pencils and then dampening the pigment with a little water. All the drawings on the page have been made more-or-less in this way.

Lay down a watercolor wash or several washes of color and draw your Zentangle right on top of the dried watercolor paint. Avoid mixing the three primary colors or you will end up with a dull muddy color.

Use markers to create brilliant pieces of art. If you use water soluble ones then you can produce all kinds of effects.

Colored doodle - by Molossus

Via Compfight CC.BY.2.0
Via Compfight CC.BY.2.0 | Source
Watercolor pencil ZIA
Watercolor pencil ZIA | Source
Watercolor pencil Zentangle
Watercolor pencil Zentangle | Source
Zentangle with color
Zentangle with color | Source

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are great. What fun!

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      Soldiersister8184 4 years ago

      This is cool. I've never heard of this before - believe I'll be watching the videos this weekend when I have time to play with this. And my oldest kid will be excited, too. Thank you.

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      casquid 4 years ago

      Is that what you call this? I did a 1/4 wall in this kind of art, back in the 60's. My Dad called me to bless me out for using glossy paint in that apartment. He was the guy who had to remove it for the next residents. Wooops! It was beautiful though. Everyone that visited loved it. Nice lens!

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      I am excited about stumbling on your Zentangle lenses tonight, super cool! Thank you for sharing this:)

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

      I Zentangle but not as well as you. I love these colored tangles! Beautiful work!!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      really pretty artwork

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      These colored zentangles seem to come to life ... love your intricate designs. Blessed by a joyful angel.

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      Di Annesley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Love these colored zentangles.Lots of inspiration and information here, thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How perfectly beautiful...*

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I love all your zentangle work, and this one just has me hooked. I need a new hands-on creative outlet. Thank you so much for leading me to the well ...

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Zentangle with Color is brilliantly creative! Your colorful huge images just leap from the screen - very well done, Miz Ragged Edge. *blessed*