Zentangle

Zentangle is, essentially, a way of doodling with some added structure. Yes, you could just doodle from scratch, deciding what to draw as you go, but that involves more thinking, and this is supposed to be relaxing. Zentangle is about relaxing and going with the flow, letting your mind wander and producing something pleasing without having to put in too much thought or planning. You don’t know how your Zentangle is going to end when you begin, but you’ll find out as you go.

Unlike traditional doodling, much of the Zentangle process is done by repeating simple patterns. Beyond a rough outline of a shape to get things started, usually done in pencil, you don’t need to think much about what you’re doing as you fill in the shapes and areas.

Unlike most other forms of art and drawing, you don’t start with any sort of plan in mind. You may have some idea of what patterns you’re going to use but it doesn’t matter if you don’t. You aren’t trying to draw any specific thing, so the result can’t really be wrong.

Unlike most other forms of art and drawing, you don’t start with any sort of plan in mind. You may have some idea of what patterns you’re going to use but it doesn’t matter if you don’t. You aren’t trying to draw any specific thing, so the result can’t really be wrong.

It has a lot in common with another popular activity, adult colouring. It’s easy to start, and easy to do anywhere. It doesn’t take too long to do, so it can fit into most people’s lives. It’s also a nicely relaxing pursuit, especially because there aren’t really any goals or expected outcomes. Whatever happens, if you ‘tangle’ for a while, you’ll end up with some patterns on your paper, and that was all that was ever expected.

12 August 2015

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