What is #Zentangle Art + a Few Examples

What is Zentangle Art - Examples from Yona Writes

I’m in love with an incredibly relaxing art technique that allows you to really go with the flow to create one-of-a-kind pieces called Zentangles. Yes, they are just as fun to make as they are to say. There are so many different styles of art that evolve from using this technique, which is explained and illustrated nicely on Zentangle.com, but to put it plainly…

…it’s a form of abstract drawing that uses repetitive patterns.

True Zentangles are unplanned, without orientation, and composed of uncomplicated shapes, like:

  • dots
  • lines
  • circles
  • squares
  • squiggly marks

Associated patterns include the following, and there are 100s of them:


I’ve learned a great deal about Zentangle patterns from TanglePatterns.com.

  • They have a lot of references, tips, tools, downloads, and e-books you can download.

From creating abstract art to using the Zentangle method to form something more specific (like an animal or flower), it really is a peaceful way to decompress or simply pass the time. A few years back, the trend of adult coloring books exploded on the scene, and if you take a look at many of the patterns used…they incorporate Zentangle patterns.

What I do with the Zentangle concept is more like ‘Zen-Doodling‘ because I don’t always incorporate ‘true’ Zentangle patterns, and mostly freestyle the repetitive patterns in whichever way suits me.

I’ve participated in a lot of Artist Trading Card swaps where people can request specific themes using Zentangle-inspired patterns. Below, I created the following cards for group-mates that requested a leaf, bird, and flower.

Zentangle Leaf Sharpie BirdZentangle Flower Daise

If you’re wondering what I use to create fine lines in Zen artwork – I use a black fine-point Sharpie pen (shown above).

My absolute favorite theme when using the Zentangle method is animals.

I love trying to manipulate intricate patterns to fit into the natural body structure of a creature.

Zentangle Animal - Stallion Zentangle Animal - Lioness

I’ve also participated in a lot of art card swaps that exchange Zentangle-inspired insects:

Zentangle Orange Butterfly Zentangle Bug ATC - Honey Bee Zentangle Bug ATC - DragonFly

I also like to incorporate Zentangle-inspired patterns to create what I call ‘Zen Ladies.’

I just love how the patterns help create movement and depth to a head of hair.

Zen Red Head Zen Grandma WisdomZenangle Hair Dreamer copy

Have you ever made Zentangle art? What do you think?

Zentangle Artist Trading Cards - Insects What is Zentangle Art - Artist Trading Cards Zentangle Art - Artist Trading Cards ATCs - Animals





18 thoughts on “What is #Zentangle Art + a Few Examples”

  1. These look sooooo awesome!! I want to try this!

  2. Echo says:

    Your zentangles are amazing! I have never created my own, but I have colored some. They are so much fun.
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  3. Yolanda Williams says:

    Wow these are absolutely beautiful. I love the patterns and struture. I don’t know if its something I could be personally, but I’m sure my brother would love this.

  4. Tami Qualls says:

    Oh wow, I’ve never seen this art before. I have never been much of an art enthusiast but this is awesome.

  5. Dogvills says:

    I’ve been seeing this around, but I haven’t tried it. This looks very interesting and I’m sure I will enjoy this.

  6. Ali Rost says:

    This is my first time hearing about them. I bet they would be such a great way to relax after a long day!

  7. Kathy says:

    I love these. They’re so beautiful! You did a wonderful job. I think this would be a lot of fun to do.

  8. uprunforlife says:

    Those are beautiful works of art. There is no way that I could draw anything like this, mine would come out horrible.
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  9. ricci says:

    I have never heard of Zentangle Art before now but I really like it!! I think it’s very unique and geometric. Great post!!

  10. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I love this art work. Coloring is my favorite way to relax. I am definitely going to check this out.

  11. I am a very naturey person so I loved the leaf an the butterfly the most. What beautiful pieces of art that is presented here.

  12. Wow THIS is ART! Great job!

  13. I’m always looking for new crafts. Thank you for sharing. I’ll be sure to check them out. – yolonda

  14. Lisa Favre says:

    This could definitely help me decompress and relax. I’ve been quite stressed lately and I am willing to try anything to zen out.
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  15. Vera Sweeney says:

    I really want to try this. I have a stressful life, and this seems like something that might help diffuse some of that.
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  16. That is so cool! I would love to give this a try. I can see how doing something like this would be extremely soothing.

  17. Ooo, I have wanted to try making zentagles forever! Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. robin Rue says:

    Ok, I normally stink at artsy things, but I TOTALLY want to try this. It sounds like something I can do and super fun.

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