Sometime ago, I was drawn to the magic that is Zentangle after seeing posts by my artist friends on Instagram. I was just amazed by the calming and mesmerizing effect their doodles had on me. After a few months and seeing their more recent work, I decided to look up what Zentangle is all about and the rest is history.
I am only at the crux of my obsession and while I am tangling daily, I am not sure that I will be able to sustain it so here’s hoping to keeping it up.
So let me share why I do it, how to do it, and why anyone who wants to try can also do it.
Why I do it.
The creators of Zentangle purported for it to be easy to learn, fun and relaxing.
Here’s how they define it on their website:
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.We invite you to explore our web site and learn more about this wonderful and uplifting method and art form.
|E for Elon, my first publicly shared Zentangle inspired Art|
So essentially, the reasons mentioned above are the reasons behind my interest but also so much more. I like seeing the finished product and doing it for people I love. The first one I ever did was the letter E for my son Elon, then another for my first born Nikolai, then requests started to come from Facebook friends. Albeit, I’ve only done four letters at this stage, but I am to continue and complete the rest of the alphabet. 🙂
How to do it
You basically need black fineliner pens, paper, and pencil.
If you are going to strictly abide by the Zentangle method, there are no rulers or erasers allowed. However, I do go out of the Zentangle mode a lot so I do use more than the basics.
|I call this David Mandala. 🙂|
I also follow the patterns from this site which gives you the best directory of official patterns and step-by-step tutorials.