Piecing It All Together | Zentangle, Drawing, and Finding Zen

I’m a big fan of humanity practicing anything meditative, and that can include gardening, playing an instrument, woodworking, and of course, creating art. If you’re open to it, you’ll find that peacefulness that comes with tuning into whatever project you’re working on. I discovered this recently when I tried something new–creating mosaic art. It’s something I’ve wanted to experiment with for a long time, and had simply added it to my bucket list to be attempted a little later in life. But when I was at Funke Fired Arts (a local pottery studio) on a Saturday afternoon to pick up some pieces that my family and I had painted, I found that the stars were aligned. I didn’t have my children with me, and I didn’t have to be anywhere in particular. I put all thoughts of laundry and standard daily obligations aside, and inquired about the mosaic projects that were at the counter, teasing me with hundreds of shiny little glass tiles.

Blue Fleur Zentangle drawing

Blue Fleur (Sakura Pigma Micron pen, colored paper, Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Flourish stencil) by Geneviève Crabe, Certified Zentangle Teacher

In about five minutes, I was alone at a table, with a board, glue, tiles, reference books, and my imagination. Coffeehouse music was playing–quiet enough that I could focus, but loud enough to blur the sounds of others who were in the space. As soon as I began planning out my design, I was in a different world. Although I felt ambitious, I stayed with a very simple layout since it was my first piece and I was going at it solo (it was during an open studio time, rather than a structured class with instruction). Time passed slowly, and yet when I finished, I felt like I had just gotten there. But the art told me that it was ready, and I trusted it.

Standing up, stretching my arms over my head, I knew that I had been rejuvenated. I felt like hugging the person who had set me up with the basic tools and guidance to get me started, but I refrained (not everyone is a hugger). I just imagine that if everyone was willing and able to find this peace through art, or any activity for that matter, the world would probably be a little bit better for it (click here to Tweet this quote). This is one of the reasons that I’m such a big fan of Zentangle; the geometrical art is attractive, but that’s just half of the story. The other side is the benefits of drawing, period, but also with a guided sense of what works when it comes to line and shape. I’ve read that Zentangle can be a healing art, and I will always be a proponent of the arts used in this way.

Zentangle drawing by Kass Hall

Beginning (Sakura Pigma Micron pen, graphite pencil) by Kass Hall, author of Zentangle Untangled

Right now, North Light Shop is highlighting Zentangle instruction with the Zentangle Untangled Ultimate Collection. It features two books to get you started, plus a pencil set–a collection that you can’t get anywhere else for this price. Click here or scroll down to learn more. In the meantime, I hope that you find peace and quiet to discover your creativity.


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