i know i am way behind the times, and that the whole “zentangle” movement has been out there for a while. i guess i never really looked into it, thinking “who needs a book to learn to doodle?” after seeing more and more images being shared on the internet, my interest was piqued and i had to do a little research.
i started by ordering this book, and i am so glad i did. just reading the history of zentangle got me really excited about jumping in!
the creators of zentangle call it a “meditational art form.” something an artist can use to get themselves in the creative zone.
the book claims that 30 minutes of zentangle a day can increase mental retention, stimulate creativity, calm a person during stressful times, and be useful as a tool for anger management!
well, sign me up for all of those things! life with the boys right now is hectic and stressful and i can sure use some extra calm and some extra patience.
i’d like to invite any of my readers who are interested, in joining me in a little zentangle challenge. i will try to zentangle around 30 minutes each day for the next 6 weeks, and see what happens. if you want to join me, and don’t want to buy the book, there are a wealth of zentangle patterns out there to inspire you.
the format of the book, one zentangle a day, is that three new patterns are introduced each day, then once you have practiced your patterns, you combine them to make a zentangle tile.
you label your exercises as you go, so that your sketchbook becomes a design resource.
i will continue sharing pictures from my zentangle challenge over the next 6 weeks. if any of my readers are interesting in participating, and willing to share, i would love to post some of your pictures as well!
I doodle a lot. But I’m not sure I could commit to doing one per day, although I do like the idea of it.
I do zigzaggy doodles too. and lots of circles.
i have gotten a little behind with doctor visits and the weekend, but i am looking forward to more tangling next week!
i’ve just started doing zentangles too. I’ve bought a very basic beginners book, but i like the look of this one. I might have to see if i can get a copy. 🙂
I’d love to see some of your tangles!!!!!
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