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Zentangle in Art Class

Updated on September 27, 2015
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Gayle Dowell is a jewelry and watercolor artist. She currently teaches art to a homeschool co-op highschool class.

This is my second year in teaching a high school art class for home school students. We created some texture drawing projects taking found objects and drawing the textures of each of the items. Since texture is expressed as repeated patterns, we used Zentangle to create a tile using the textures that we created from our drawing project.

The book, "One Zentangle a Day" by Beckah Krahula, was a great resource for introducing my students and me to the concept of drawing patterns and textures by way of zentangle. It has given me a way of introducing art concepts such as texture, negative and positive space, rhythm, balance, organic and biomorphic lines and shapes, shading and shadows, and color theory in a fun way. Beckah includes a whole chapter on color and adding color to zentangle art by using different art media. The book gives step by step directions for creating some amazing patterns but also gives enough information so that I and my students can create our own patterns and textures. Beckah starts the book with materials that can be used to make zentangle art. She also adds helpful hints throughout the book including how she covers any mistakes on her zentangle drawings. She inspires her readers by including a gallery of her art to show that anything can be is not just for paper.

I highly recommend the book to anyone wanting to find a good activity for themselves or their students to learn art concepts and open up the areas of their brain that influences creativity. There is no wrong way to create a zentangle.

Here are two videos. One is an overview of the book, "One Zentangle A Day". The second video shows a sample of Zentangle being created.

This is a great overview of the book and the information that it contains.

Great video showing a version of Zentangle being created and the use of color added to make Zentangle art.


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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      Thank you Sushilasri!

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      Amine 3 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      i feel sorry for my self that i cant draw, but when i draw some rubbish faces, my nieces like it, it is never too late to learn.

      thank you Kit,

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      @SteveKaye: Yes, Steve, we do. :)

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Drawing is a wonderful way to relax. We all need a pad of paper and some pens.

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Great lens and I love this form of art. Some of the designs I have seen in the past are amazing.

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I have always doodled but found zentangles fun to do when I came across them a few years ago.Maybe my tangles aren't strictly according to the rules becuase of my earlier times sketching doodles but they are definitely fun to do. Seems good book for learning about tangling.

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      Mishito 3 years ago

      Never heard of Zentangles, but I love drawing and this looks like so much fun!. Thanks for sharing.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago


      My daughter has been doing Zentangles long before we ever heard of them. The first time I saw Zentangles, I thought, "Look! There's my girl's art! Wow!"

      I have never tried it in all these years, but after watching the videos, I think I just might! Thank you!

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Zentangles are so much fun. I have introduced the idea to a number of artists in China and they have done amazing pieces. I haven't seen this book, but I will get a copy.

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      love drawing!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Zentangles sound like fun and this book looks like it is aimed at beginners, which would suit me. Nice review.

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      getupandgrow 3 years ago

      I've been thinking about getting this book for a while, and you've persuaded me. Great lens!

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      glowchick 3 years ago

      These are so fun to make! I taught this to my homeschool kids a while back and they still do it :)

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      @glowchick: The high school class that I taught Zentangle was homeschool kids as well. I'm finding several of them incorporating it into their assignments.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This is my first time hearing about this and now I'm itching to try it out.

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      @paulahite: My high school students loved trying zentangle and used it on several of their other art projects through the year. Thanks for visiting.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      I JUST heard about zentangle yesterday and hope to encourage my 13 year old daughter to try it out. Thanks for the lens!

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      @linfcor: I just read your Copic marker lens. Zentangle and copic markers would go so well together, don't you think? I think I'm talking myself into purchasing some of these markers. I can see great possibilities!

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      I have been learning zentangle for about two months, It's very relaxing and I am planning lots of papercraft ideas using it. Great review

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      @RinchenChodron: You are right when you say that you can't do it wrong! I use it all the time to "warm-up" for other art projects.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Perhaps I'll try since I guess you can't do it wrong! Maybe it will open up my artistic abilities.

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      Im2keys 3 years ago

      this looks like such a beautiful book, and a relaxing art form- great lens!

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      katlovestrouble 4 years ago

      Love this lens!

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Absolutely fascinating! I must try this. Thanks for another great lens.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A friend of mine creates beautiful sharpie art and I must share your lens with her as I know she'd love to read about zentangle.

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      sushilasri 4 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      VictoriaHolt 4 years ago

      Delightful. I had no idea that what I doodled WAS something. heh heh

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      VistaNemo 4 years ago

      Prior to reading your lens I had no idea what these delightful forms of art were called.

      Thanks for educating and inspiring me. I may just pick up some markers and try one myself =)

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I love Zentangles! Nice review

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 4 years ago from Ethiopia

      This is fascinating. I'll definitely be looking at your other lenses on zentangles. And I'll get my Grade 2s at my school in Ethiopia doing zentangles! Thanks for a great lens and book recommendation.

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      TimKessler 4 years ago

      This is the first time I've heard of Zentangles. Thanks, you've given me an awesome idea for an art project with my kids this weekend.

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      Oh I love these! The Raged Edge does some awesome work and is how I first learned about these. I'll have to check out your work!