Learning to Zentangle

Well, the title of this post is Learning to Zentangle, but you really don't have to learn a lot.  It's actually just a way to create images with structured patterns. Very relaxing and fun.  I bought a book, but there is also a lot of Zentangle inspiration on Pinterest.

Zentangle at anartfulmom.com


The first time I saw some Zentangle designs, I was instantly intrigued by them.  They reminded me of the drawings I made for years in my spiral notebooks in school when I was supposed to be taking notes. Even in college.  (I did take notes too. I don't know how I had time for note-taking between all of that doodling, but I did...)

Not surprisingly, I wasn't the first one in my home to break open the book and give Zentangle a try. You might already know that my daughter is usually the one who ventures first into new creative projects. (She actually makes some of the Pinterest stuff she pins.)  She was home from college for the summer and spent some time making these fun patterns.

(My daughter has always insisted that she "can't draw.")

Zentangle at anartfulmom.com

Zentangle at anartfulmom.com

Zentangle at anartfulmom.com

Zentangle at anartfulmom.com

These are phone pics, so not the greatest, but you get the idea.

 I got the book, Totally Tangled, by Sandy Steen Bartholomew at my favorite art store. (Shout out to ArtMart!  Not affiliated...)

I love the designs my daughter drew.

Have you tried Zentangling yet?

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  1. There's a word for this! I've never tried it but Cassidy's Aunt loves to draw her own designs like this, and have Scarlet color them in. It's all so soothing - the drawing, the coloring, the watching.

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    1. It's amazing how soothing it can be. Calligraphy is like that for me too.

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  2. Thanks for joining in the fun at Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rina!

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  3. Yes, I dabbled in zentagles for a bit. I have a great Pinterest group board called Zentangles are the New Black. It's got tons of great resources and ideas. Sometimes when I'm on a long conference call, I'll sit and do Zentangles just to keep myself awake. I do love black and white prints and I've seen some great shirts, shoes, coffee cups, even light bulbs with beautiful zentangle designs.

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    1. I will go take a peek at your Pinterest Board. I love black and white prints too. I like the clean bright contrast. Thanks for coming by!

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  4. Very cool! I hadn't heard about zentangle before, but it's very similar to henna/mehndi art designs used for body art. I like to doodle henna designs on paper and color them in with different media - it's so meditative and relaxing - a great stress-buster!

    I'll have to check out the book at some point, it looks quite interesting - definitely something my daughters would enjoy (myself too). Thanks for sharing. ;)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Michelle! Definitely give Zentangle a try. It does sound similar to the henna designs.

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