Fabulous Finds Friday — Zentangles

It’s art! It’s Zen! It’s both!

Zentangles are artful little squiggles, lines, dots and doodles, all strung together in a neat package. They are fun, they are relaxing, they are meditative.

I first discovered Zentangles in an on-line art group — Artists of the Round Table. The technique is as old as doodling, but the refinement comes from Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. 

(Above are some Zentangles made by the folks at Design Originals, who have put together two books on Zentangles.)

Zentangles are designs made by repeating various patterns, using slow, deliberate strokes. It can be very meditative  — and there is no wrong way to create a Zentangle.

On their website, Rick and Maria note that “the very act of putting your pen to paper focuses your attention in a way similar to meditation or being in the zone.”  

Maria likens it to “painting with patterns,” an apt description.

Here’s a mannequin that was “Zentangled” and shown at the Craft and Hobby show at the Design Originals booth:

Here’s my first (messy) Zentangle — my attempt to make a “sampler” of some patterns:

And one of my early tiles (sorry about the shadow on the lower left):

Here’s what I do at long meetings:

For more on Zentangles, visit the site: www.zentangle.com. (Note: it’s zentangle.com, not the plural zentangles! I keep making that mistake!) Check out the Zentangles book at www.d-originals.com



8 Responses

  1. These are COOL! They really do look relaxing. And they’re beautiful. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Thanks for writing about this!

  2. And I love your doodling at long meeting. 😉

    • Grin. Yes… I LOOK like I’m busy taking notes, but really I’m doodling! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. great zentangles Roberta….meetings are sooo boring but creating these sure help! that mannequin is a kewl idea but I’d imagine it’d be difficult to draw on.

    • I know! I love the mannequin! I tried to Zentangle on a domino once, but I never liked it. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn!

  4. The idea of a pattern sampler is a really good one.

    • Thanks, Timaree! I tend to stick to three or four designs, so when I get stuck, I can turn to my “sampler” for other doodles! Thanks for stopping in!

    • Yes, I find it really helps me. I don’t think I’m really very artistic, so sometimes I get stuck! Thanks for stopping by, Timaree.

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