Things About Doodle Art

The Benefits of Zendoodle and Zentangle: An Interview with a Mother

3fb1ec3a256a89c22bf560ad89a7e5e5Is your child suffering from a psychological, physical or cognitive disorder? Have you been finding a way to combat this situation? Learn how a mother helped her child fight ADD with the help of Zendoodle and Zentangle!

Attention Deficit Disorder, or more frequently known as ADD, has been a growing phenomenon for a few years now, and its cures have been introduced in all capacities, such as physical, mental and spiritual.

However, one of the easiest and fun ways to deal with this disorder, gaining noticeable fame in the past few years, is Zendoodle or Zentangle. Let us share with you an interview that we carried out with a mother. Her child was suffering from ADD. We hope you can learn a lot from her experience with Zendoodle or Zentangle as it helped her child.

When did you find out that your son was suffering from ADD?
My son had been losing focus on his studies and other social activities for months. I had been called by his school administration for a couple of times. I figured a psychologist might help and on the first session I found out that my son had been suffering from ADD.

How did you get an idea about trying Zendoodle or Zentangle?
My family psychologist said that ADD was a simple disorder which included a lack of concentration, focus and will power. He gave me the idea of trying doodling since my son had an interest in arts since preschool.

How did Zendoodle help your child?
Zendoodle has been an effective way of making my son focus on a specific topic. It helped my child concentrate more, which developed his willpower as well. Zendoodle helped my child in enhancing his memory skills, which played a key role in improving the academic capabilities of my son. Moreover, drawing simple tangles was an effective way of polishing the artistic skills of my son, which has been a major source of urging him to participate in extra-curricular activities. Doodle art has helped my son in enhancing his creativity and innovative, which has been a major source of increasing his mental capabilities.

On top of that, Zendoodle has helped my son is relieving all the social pressure, removing the depressive aftereffects of my son. Last but not the least, Zendoodle has helped my son in becoming more determined and has increased the self-confidence and self-esteem of my son.

How well has your son recovered from ADD?
My son has recovered exceptionally as he has started taking an interest not only in his studies, but also the extra-curricular activities arranged by his school.

Would you recommend Zendoodle or Zentangle to mothers facing the same situation?
Definitely! I would recommend all mothers whose children are suffering from ADD or a similar disorder to try doodling at least once. It might be a way to revive the focus, attention and concentration of your child.

Zendoodleor Zentangle has been one of the most effective scenarios against not only ADD, but also similar disorders. Hence, if you have a child suffering from such a disorder, make sure to try Zendoodle or Zentangle.il_570xN.541411821_o0dw

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Why doodling is more than just a pastime for human beings

For many indigenous societies in Australia, discussions begin with smoothing a patch of ground and drawing little figures that complement some story. This practice for them isn’t a matter of showing off one’s skills but a way to tell a story, not just through words but also through tangible expressions. Once the discussion is done with, the ground is cleared once more to make space for another story. What’s amazing about this art-form is that it comes naturally to them. They’re so eloquent that more often than not, the narrative would be overshadowed by the doodles on the ground. To them, a picture does indeed speak a thousand words.

Of course, this isn’t just something that’s confined to societies outside of our own. From the moment we can pick up a crayon, we scribble and doodle and it’s an urge that never stops. No matter where we are, if we have access to a pen and a surface to write on, we doodle. We our bound by our instinct to express ourselves through whatever means necessary. But why is this such a universal thing? While studies have been done on why we appreciate fine art, little has been done to discover why we doodle. Despite that, there is evidence that suggests that they serve some functions. One study found that doodling increases our focus and prevents our minds from wandering off into daydreams. Groups asked to listen to a recording were found to be 30% more accurate in their gathering of information if they had doodling tools at hand. Another study discovered that doodling can soothe hurt feelings and improve our mood.
Some researchers argue that drawing is a form a language. It’s an innate trait that we seldom stop to think about. Imagine reading a comic book. You rarely think about how it’s meant to progress. You go from panel to panel knowing exactly where to look and there doesn’t have to be text to guide you. Drawings have their own grammar. From spinning stars that represent dizziness to ‘stink lines’ that represent smell, we immediately pick up on these markings for what they are. It’s an ingrained ability.
That scribbling and doodling is a language on its own is especially apparent in the indigenous societies I mentioned at the start. For Warlpiris and Arandics (indigenous tribes), different symbols represent different words. An ‘U’ for example, represents a person sitting cross-legged. Brocken circles represent a cave. Spirals and circular shapes depict bushes and trees. You may have picked up at this point that their method of communication is that of a person surveying the ground from high above, as if through the eyes of an eagle. Indeed, when a researcher the Arrernte people a drawing of a horse from the side (as that is common in the Western world), it was mistaken for a horse lying dead on the ground.
Young children go through a ‘scribbling’ period in their lives. Give them anything that’ll produce color and they’ll go bonkers on paper, on the wall and the floors, wherever they can reach. On first glance, this may seem like random behavior but it may be a deeper form of expression. They may be a basic form of communication, their ‘babbles’ in strange shapes and colors. It may be a sign that we are hard-wired to communicate through whatever means available. It might also be a sign that we are all capable of becoming better artists given the right tools and the right environment.
The one thing schools fail to understand is that in order to better a child’s artistic abilities, he must be allowed to draw on his own first. Most schools go for the easier, ‘draw whatever you can see in front of you’ method and while that may be effective for some people, it might limit others. Language, for example, is best learned through imitation and mimicry. Textbooks aren’t bad but they’re certainly not as effective. It may be the same for drawing. Reading comics and graphic novels may better our understanding of art and in turn, we may become better at doodling. Because of how popular Mangas are in Japan, the average Japanese teenager is better at drawing than the average American.

The point of all this discussion was to highlight the fact that doodling is an innate ability that exist within all of us. On top of that, it’s not an ability that is there ‘just because’. It’s deeper and more meaningful than what it appears to be. It serves more than one purpose – it can be used as a way to escape our troubles and it can also complement learning. Doodling is one of the earliest forms of communication. It has worked for tens of thousands of years because it is simple and to the point. In fact, I would even say that doodling as a viable method of communication has become more prevalent in recent times with tablets and smartphones. More and more devices come bundled with pens that let users draw and take quick notes along with traditional typing.
While we won’t be using doodle arts to describe a hunt or a strange animal that someone come across, we can put it to use to express our thoughts with more than just words. And the more we practice this innate ability of ours, the better we will get at it. So the next time you’re doodling, don’t worry that your figures aren’t as detailed as that of a professional artist or that you’re wasting your time. You’re only being yourself.

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Things You Didn’t Know About Doodle Art

Everyone does it. Perhaps you’re bored in math class, zoning out, not paying attention to what the teacher is talking about, or you’re talking on the phone with a friend. You find yourself doodling and sketching away; before you know it you have drawn this beautiful work of art. Funny thing is, you didn’t even try. That my friend is just what doodle art is. Also called zendoodling, it is the process of unfocused drawing lines, dots, or symbols. Doodle art allows the lines or symbols drawn to unintentionally meet, creating magnificent pieces of art. It is very closely related to, and even confused with zentangle. Zentangle is a little bit more formal. Artists will draw lines, dots and symbols into boxes, allowing the lines to unintentionally meet that way.


With doodle art you just follow your heart and let the utensil of your choice do it’s thing. More and more professionals are recognizing Doodle art and it’s calming effects.

Doodle art in itself is more complicated to the normal artist because it requires one to just be with the art, hence the name, Zendoodling. So what are some reason one should consider taking this up as a hobby? Or even a career? Let’s find out.


1.No Boundaries.

You don’t even have to be artistic to do this. In the world of doodle art there is no good work or bad work. Talk about Zen! Just start scribbling on the paper without thinking or concentrating on anything. In this form of art everything holds it’s own uniqueness and it’s all considered legitimate artwork. The sky really is the limit in this world.

2.Naturally Reach a Meditative State.

Yes you really do. Because this form of art requires no thought, it naturally takes you into a euphoric meditative state, a place of peace. All the pressure to make something perfect is off; you stop thinking and come into a state of full awareness of that present moment and what you’re doing in it. This is very similar to what one does when they meditate. They concentrate on the sounds around them, bringing them into a great state of peace.

3.Express Yourself.

Because there are no boundaries in doodle art you can ‘let your hair down’ so to speak. You are free to put on that canvas what your heart desires. You can create the most disturbing pictures and it’s okay. No body knows what it really means but you. People will see the beauty in what you did. You can create your deepest fears through this, or just grab something and whatever comes of it, it’s fine!

4. It’s Relaxing.

Why do we see so many people randomly scribbling on the backs of their notebooks or in the margins of their papers? Because it comes naturally to us, it’s self-soothing, something to do when we are bored. The act of repetitive creativity is relaxing to the human mind. Recent studies have proven that doodle art has tons of relaxation benefits.

5. Improves Recollection.

You read that right. Doodling can make you remember things that your brain tends to filter out. Sometimes when victims experience something very traumatizing, like abuse, or maybe a war veteran, or sexual assault, our brains way of protecting us is to filter out the really bad parts of the event. Now during healing and therapy doodling can be a useful tool in bringing those experiences up for the healing process. Upon further research, studies have found that those who doodle while talking have much better recall than those that don’t, making it a perfect tool for therapy.

6. Sense of Purpose.

For those of you that lack a sense of meaning and purpose in your life but have a knack for making scribbling look like it should be framed, you just may have hit the jackpot. Studies have found that when individuals are doing something meaningful and/or creative (of which doodle art is both) it releases that all too familiar feel good chemical in our brain, hence making you feel better, more vibrant and ultimately happy. If you’re feeling that what you’re doing has a purpose behind it you’re less likely to fall into a depressive state

7. Get Your Kids Involved.

Because doodling has no limits and requires very little concentration this makes it the perfect activity you can to with your children on a rainy day! Grab them some pencils and a blank piece of paper and see what they can come up with. It’s fun and its simple nature makes it the perfect activity for even the most distracted child. Let them use a wide variety of utensils, colored pencils, markers, crayons, even wear colors. The opportunities are endless!

8. Hone Your Creative Side.

For those of us who can’t draw a stick figure to save our lives, this just might be our niche. The art of unintentionally making lines and symbols mesh and cross paths eventually leads to something phenomenal. It really isn’t for those who are of the practical nature. Much like the newest mine craft game (those mothers who have gamers know exactly what that is.) Doodle art has no set beginning or end; there isn’t even a point. It’s for those abstract artists who feel the needs to let their creativity run wild.

9. Make Money Doing What You Love.

Drop that 9-5 and live your dream! If you’re unable to draw great works of formal art, but you can make a series of lines and dots come together and make something everybody loves, well most everybody, then you my friend have got an amazing talent and better out it to use. Make no mistake; doodle art is not just child’s play. Although it may feel like it (which is what makes it all the more enticing.) This is a serious business to a great number of artists in the field. Why not put together a portfolio and see what people think?

So, as you can see doodle art, Zentangle, whichever you’d like to call it, offers a wide variety of benefits. There’s so much more it can do but not enough time to cover it all! This unique form of art has something for most all-eccentric creative people. Most of all it’s genuine, fresh, unique; authenticity is hard to come by these days with everyone following trends. If trends aren’t for you, let this, if not any of the above be a reason to take this up.

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