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:
- 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.
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.
I’ve also participated in a lot of art card swaps that exchange Zentangle-inspired insects:
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.
Have you ever made Zentangle art? What do you think?