If you doodle or sketch…..then chances are you have already Zentagled…….perhaps without knowing! So what exactly is Zentangling?
(From the official zentangle website : https://www.zentangle.com/zentangle-method)
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.
Characteristics of Zentangle Art
With the Zentangle Method, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and easy to do. And even though it is a specified series of steps, it results in a creative expression that transcends its own rules.
Fun and Relaxing
Creating Zentangle art provides a fun and lighthearted way to relax and intentionally facilitate a shift in focus and perspective. The Zentangle Method of creating art is unencumbered by dogma and cost which can weigh on other approaches. Nevertheless, it is sufficiently structured and organized so you can enjoy and benefit from an activity that otherwise might be considered whimsical.
With our Zentangle Method we encourage you to not have a preconceived idea of your final result. Following this somewhat unusual approach, your creation is not restricted by your expectations.
Repetitive, simple steps are part of the Zentangle Method. These steps support relaxation, focus and inspiration. Derived from the Japanese art of creating patterns in a box of sand with a small rake – it can be a wonderful daily ritual.
Creating designs, manipulating symbols and putting pen to paper is part of our human heritage. In a time of keyboards, computer mice, and cell phones, the simple strokes that are part of the Zentangle Method automatically engage you in a comfort and familiarity of timeless, basic creativity.
Everything you need to create beautiful Zentangle art can fit in your pocket. This easy to learn method of relaxed focus can be done almost anywhere, alone or in groups, without any special abilities or costly equipment.
Zentangle is not limited by technology. Your creativity is not directed by how someone else wrote a particular program, nor does it need batteries or electricity. The approach provides a counterbalance to our increasing use of computers, mice, screens and keyboards. It returns us to that fundamentally human behavior of manipulating symbols and putting marks on paper. Nothing is pre-programmed. Your creativity is your only limit and this Zentangle method has a way of increasing and inspiring expression of your personal creativity.
It is an empowering and uplifting experience to learn that you can deliberately relax and intentionally direct your attention while creating beautiful works of art .
Benefits and Uses of the Zentangle Method
It is fascinating to learn how other people are using the Zentangle method. Here’s a list of benefits others enjoy from practicing the Zentangle Method. This list continues to grow as people apply the Zentangle Method in ways we never considered.
- Simple and quick access to mindfulness
- Non-verbal journalling
- Insomnia (Improved sleep by creating Zentangle art before bedtime)
- Panic attacks (For fear of flying, creating Zentangle art during takeoff and landing)
- Modify behavior
- Being part of a supportive and fun community
- Create beautiful works of art
- Nurture and develop creative abilities
- Relieve stress
- Improve eye/hand coordination
- Develop/rehabilitate fine motor skills
- Team building and group focus
- Anger management
- Addiction therapy tool
- Diet aide
- Early artist development and appreciation
- Increase attention span and ability to concentrate
- Home schooling
- Problem Solving
- Design inspiration
- Stretching and warm-up for artists
To create embellishments and backgrounds using this method, you will need a line-art stamp of considerable size. I’ve used Blended Bloom stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento for both the back ground and the feature on this card and the fine-tip end my Stampin’ Write Markers to create the patterns in the petals – you can use any colour or mix a couple together for a multi-coloured look! You can doodle free-hand or google images and patterns to copy. There’s even websites for “beginners” 🙂
Hint : On my card I’ve created a spatter effect with the Clear Wink of Stella Brush, using it like an Aqua Painter and mixing the glitter in the lid of the Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad before spattering it onto the card.
Here is what I’ve used to create my card above (just click on any image to browse and shop my store) –
Have fun Zentangling and happy stamping!