The Meditative (and Satisfying) Art of Zentangle

Now that we’ve had a chance to define Zentangle® for those new to the drawing style, I wanted to revisit the topic. Many of you kindly shared your own Zentangles on our Facebook page, and I thank you for doing so–not only did that give me a chance to see more of the talent that’s out there, but you also opened others’ eyes to a beautiful form of art that’s new on the scene, and you did well.

Zentangle_Blue-Heaven-by-Genevieve-Crabe

Blue Heaven (white cardstock, Prismacolor pencils) by Geneviève Crabe

While Zentangle is fun to view, it’s even more pleasurable to create, in my humble opinion. Painting can be intimidating to take on as a hobby (although that shouldn’t stop you, but that’s a different topic!), but drawing is accessible–all you need is a writing tool, let’s say a basic pencil that you already have in any drawer of your house, and paper. You just sit down and start drawing, right? Well, not always; but when you have a book that offers prompts, it becomes easier. Zentangle Untangled by Kass Hall introduces the concept of this meditative form of drawing, and gives you guidance on how to draw the basic lines that come together to create intricate works that pass the time in a satisfying exploration of shapes. The results? Relieved stress, in my experience, and a sense of satisfaction–the instructions are easy to follow, and leave you feeling empowered by the ability to draw.

S-Bend (Distress stain, Sakura Souffle pens) by Tim Holtz

S-Bend (Distress stain, Sakura Souffle pens) by Kass Hall

How Did Zentangle Become a Genre?
“In 2005, the Zentangle concept was born when calligrapher Maria Thomas described to her partner the sense of focus, well-being and relaxation she felt while creating background patterns on a manuscript,” writes Kass. “A former Buddhist monk, her partner, Rick Roberts, recognized this state as one of meditation. Together they worked toward creating a system that would teach and encourage others to experience the same sensations.”

There are now more than 300 certified Zentangle teachers worldwide, including Kass. To complement Zentangle Untangled, Kass created a workbook as well, which breaks down the various components of tangles and invites you to focus on each aspect for a week, exploring the possibilities of line as well as color in your drawings. Because staring at a blank page can be daunting, this workbook includes empty tiles that you can use to begin practicing your art.

For a limited time and only at North Light Shop, you can begin learning Zentangle with this exclusive set. This mini-kit includes Zentangle Untangled, the Zentangle Untangled Workbook, and an 11-piece ink set. This has become one of my favorite styles to use in my own sketchbook, as it provides a parameter; similar to how poetry can be easier to write when you’re following the rules of alliteration or rhythmic meters. It’s like hiking with a path to follow, but with many safe paths branching in different directions, keeping you from just being lost in the woods.

Until next time,
Cherie

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The Zentangle® Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc

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