The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Most people will see it as doodling but it is so much more as you are learning all the time.
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. Zentangle was developed by Rick and Maria and you can find out more on their website
I found Zentangle in October 2013, it was something I did not expect to get into but I’m hooked. There are many patterns to learn and eventually you learn how to create your own patterns from your surroundings. As with any art, it is best to go to classes, sadly in the UK it is still relatively new so my only option was to use books (zentangle basics Suzanne McNeill) and there are some great blogs which post challenges every week and people around the world showcase their entries
All you need to do Zentangle is some good quality art paper or I use anything from 160gsm-200gsm card. I mainly use scraps left over form my mum’s card making as you only use a 3″x 3″ tile. To draw you will need some pencils of different softness for outlining and shading and micron pens of different thickness’s (I tend to use 0.1, 0.3 and 0.8), the top brands are Sakura and Copic and the best place to get them is on Tiger Pens. To really enhance shading you can just use your fingers but I love using a blending tool, which is simply very tightly rolled paper, you can pick them up in most arty places.
You will find that there are lots of other pens you can use, charcoal for shading and different coloured paper/card, really it’s endless. This is what I love about Zentangle you can create many types of Zentangle Inspired Art using your tangles on t-shirts, aprons, wooden bangles and pottery.
Here is a showcase of some of my favourites Zentangle pieces I have created. Most weeks I post a new piece of artwork.
I was never any good at art at school, it never turned out how I pictured it but Zentangle is very different. I have learnt so much and my artwork is improving all the time even my handwriting. I always carry some card tiles, micron pens and pencil around with me as it can be done anywhere.