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What is Zentangle?

ZENTANGLE Is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest.

I posted this blog, mostly about ZENTANGLES because I love the look of them and I love the usually BLACK AND WHITE contrast.  I should also tell you that I am not good at them as I see them as a form of doodling and frankly I am not much of a doodler.  I do struggle with what to fill the spaces with and I have several books that give me patterns to try and I do practice that pattern before I actually try filling a space with it.  I also usually use a very fine permanent black pen to do the drawing.  I love the the 0.38 G-2 pen by Pilot…it also comes in an 05 and 07 each larger.  If you are doing a large image or using lots of black then you might even want to consider the super fine Sharpie that doesn’t bleed.  All of these are available at Staples, and probably most other office supply stores as well as at Wal-mart and probably Target.  Another good hint is to draw your spaces in pencil then go back and trace them in ink.  You can also practice your drawing in pencil so that you know you have your doodle down before you begin.

The images below are my only copies of 3 letter zentangles which I did in a class , sorry the photo is so poor I had to take a picture of the photo off my computer as I could not get it to print so bummer but at least you can see I have tried it.

MANDALA.. This is the defination of Mandala from Wikipedia…


Maṇḍala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T.[1][2] Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.[3]

These mandalas, concentric diagrams, have spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhismand Hinduism.[4][5] The term is of Hindu origin and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism, mandalas have been developed into sandpainting. They are also a key part of anuttarayoga tantra meditation practices.

In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid tomeditation and trance induction. According to the psychologist David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help one “to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.”[6] The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,”[citation needed] and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towardswholeness in personality.[7]

In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the universe from the human perspective.[citation needed]



The Mandala Drawing Process:

Art is more than a collection of crafted things; it is more than the process of creating those things. Art is the chance to encounter dimensions of our inner being and to discover deep, rewarding patterns of meaning. To be artistic/creative is a powerful vehicle for personal and collective transformation. By the word transformation, I mean, the process by which one is able to change the quality of life from its current condition to a deeper understanding about oneself.

Watch the Youtube video above and see how to do this …by the way Youtube now has ADS…so just click on the skip ad to see the video and there is no sound with this video but it is very well shown how to begin and how to fill in this type of drawing.


The images below were taken from Reggie Ezzell’s web site which has  many images on it that he posts every week from students in his classes.

In case you have no idea who Reggie Ezell is, he is a very well known calligrapher who travels around the country and teaches classes. The pieces below are both from students in his classes and I have copied also what they had to say about their pieces.


This one is more like a zentangle
This work (ABOVE) was done by Elissa Barr this year in Boston In “26 Seeds: a Year to Grow”, Session three Drawn and Pressurized Romans. In her own words:While I was practicing my drawn Romans I had done a number of them on
tracing paper and they were loosely piled up on my table. I became
intrigued by the way the letters were overlapping. So since this was
all a “jumble” on my desk, I started playing with the word “jumble”,
creating more and more overlaps of the letters. First I was using
tracing paper, then I put them on transparencies and later I scanned
them into Photoshop Elements so that I would be able to print out my
designs with out having to retouch out lines from the transparency
pieces. I printed lots of variations on 8 1/2 x 11 Arches Text Wove
and then chose several to play with. In the first image I painted in
everywhere a letter did not overlap another letter. In the second
image I used shades of gray and red gouache to paint in the letters.I liked this approach because I drew the letters, created the designs
all by hand and then used the computer to facilitate getting the look
I wanted on the paper. Photoshop also allowed me to tweak the image
size so that the images fit nicely on the 8 1/2 by 11 paper. My
printer is a Canon Image class 480 laser copier.
KAREN LOCKHART in addition to being a stamp designer is also a terrific teacher, especially in the use of colored pencils but in a recent class with her I also saw that she is using some tiny images of zentangle art to enhance her designs beyond the colored pencil.  See below


To help us get into the idea of tiny zentangle art she provided us with this sheet to practice our design ideas before we applied them to her stamp images.
This was a great idea and I suggest that you use it also to see what designs you come up with and also as a way of saving your ideas for future use as well.
I am not sure at all where the following zentangle ideas came from as someone gave me this sheet and I have no name on it.
As you can see some of these are very complicated and some are quite simple since I am not a good doodler, I start with the simple ideas first.
If you are interested in books that will give you even more information here is the site at AMAZON that has as many books on zentangles as you may want.
The thing with Zentangles is that most of them are done in a small size …ie most of the ones I have seen are done at the ATC(ARTIST TRADING CARD) size which is approximately the size of a playing card.  I think its about 2 x 3 inches.  I also like the idea of not doing a perfect square or a perfect rectangle.  Both of these below are sorta curved so that you have a more interesting look to your design…at least that is my idea I hate straight lines …I like the curves that sorta make the design dance.
I am pretty sure that I got these off the website for the Sooner Scribes ( Oklahoma).  As you can see they both have a curved side and the first one has little lines all around it so it kinda looks like a rug to me with fringe.
In any case I continue to try to make zentangles, and I do find it relaxing.  I especially like the idea from Karen Lockhart of using them in a very small space on some of her stamp images because they really make the image look more dimensional.  I hope you will give it a try and as always I’d love to put your work on my blog if you send it to me digitally or write me if you want to send it snail mail. I love getting snail mail…a friend says my indian name is “SHE WHO WAITS BY THE MAILBOX.”  LOL..
one more amazing zentangle but sorry I don’t know who did it and don’t know how I got it..

sun zentangle

Well I hope you find this helpful and AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…WHCT..aka Kath Harney

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