Zendoodle as an Art

Creative Zen Animal Tangles

You can choose whatever animal you like to be tangled. The best thing about creating tangled designs is having the privilege to follow your instincts. Although every stroke you make is deliberate, the patterns and designs you draw on your tile have an unspecified destination. Aimless is the word to describe the tangle method.

Animals are great objects for tangling because they are highly symbolic. Once you have got everything ready, you can have fun emphasizing each animal’s extraordinary features through the use of tangled patterns and designs.

Take a look at these creative tangled animal designs done by Zen masters.


Figure 1. This giraffe are creatively tangled. Despite having filled with different patterns, the animal is still well emphasized.


Figure 2. This Zen animal, an owl, is skillfully accentuated and tangled with rich patterns and shading.


Figure 3. A simple yet artistically tangled turtle


Figure 4. A creative tangled squirrel design

Tangle Your Way to a New Life.

A lot of people’s lives have been touched by the Zentangle® method. There were individuals who have found Zentangling as a better way forward after going through some battles in life. People who were let down by misfortunes have managed to climb their way back to a better life after discovering the secret of tangles.

Tangles take away your troubles.
The lifetime benefits of tangling are for real. If you suffer from depression and feel like giving up on life, calm down, get a piece of white paper and a pencil and start drawing simple images of animals like fish, birds, frogs, dogs—the sky is the limit. Be patient as you apply slow careful strokes, shading, dotting, etc. Slowly, you can feel that comforting sensation penetrating into your soul while you concentrate on your designs.

Tangles are relaxing.
Tangling is a new method of unwinding. It takes you back to arts’ humble beginnings without the aid of technology. Like most arts, it is a healthy form of self-expression. It is a simple and ancient technique that requires the very basic materials such as paper and pencil. It entails no money but just your sheer dedication and determination.

Tangles rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
Therapy sessions utilizing the Zentangle method have helped many troubled individuals regain their self-worth and strength to conquer the uphill battles and inner conflicts. You will notice the moment you start your tangles that you will feel happy and revived with each accomplishment. With every tile you finish, you are like taking one step at a time to a better and new YOU.

Tangles can erase your shortcomings.
The openness to commit mistakes and embracing of imperfections that you learn from tangling can develop your attitude to be more accepting of the world around you. Your tangles will be your constant reminder that there is always beauty in everything and that it is okay to have flaws. Humility, patience and hard work are qualities that you can improve if you engage in tangling.

Tangles teach you to be keen and perceptive.
Being familiar with various repetitive patterns permits your senses to also be more sensitive to what is around you. You easily notice things and their subtle patterns. If you see designs that interest you, the wise thing you can do is to always take note or draw it down on your paper. Collecting more unique patterns is another exciting thing about doing tangles. Once you become totally engrossed in it, it is hard to escape from its fascinating miracles.

Cool Tangle Patterns that is perfect for Zen Animals

Here are several commonly used tangle patterns that you may apply on your design. These really amazing figures are derived from those created by Rick and Maria. Try to study these shapes and see if you can also create your own style.


As an artist, do not limit yourself to using only these designs. Freedom is one of the privileges you get from tangling. Therefore, push yourself to the edges and establish your own original patterns. Always bear in mind that you are in-charge of your artwork. Keep your mind open to more possibilities that come and embrace them with all your heart.

Good Luck!

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Zen Flowers (part 2)

CropperCapture[48]Welcome to the part 2 of Zen Flowers. In the first part of Zen Flowers we talk about how to start draw zen flowers, what do you need to start and covered some leaf patterns. To see full article Zen Flowers (part 1) please click here.



This pattern is yet another one of those that can surely fill out any space with elegance and flair. It can be used as a plain background or something to fill up your zen flower petal with.

1.Draw two semi-circles connected with each other.

2.Add another layer of two semi-circles on top of the original ones you made. Make sure this new layer of semi-circles touch the ends of the previous semi-circles you made. They should start looking like two crescent moons. Afterwards, add another row of crescent moons underneath the first batch you made. Make sure the ends of this new row of crescent moons touch the middle section of the top row of crescent moons.

3.Locate each joining point of the crescent moons and draw scallop edges to cover each joining point.

4.Complete the scallop design by adding lines from the joining point of the crescent moon to every point on the scallop edge.

5.Go through each crescent moon and add a little curved line to each end to make them look like creases.

6.Layer your drawing with ink using a felt-tip pen, add some shadows for depth and you’re done.







1.Draw a vertical line on the space you intend to fill with pattern. This will serve as a base for the scroll you are going to make and its length will depend on how big you want the scrolls. Now, make the scroll by drawing an S with its ends forming half a loop.

2.Locate the upper end of the S and from there, draw a vertical line ending right at the very first part of the S that it touches. Same thing goes for the bottom end of the S. Draw a vertical line that ends right at the first part of the S that it touches.

3. Next thing you need to do is locate the leftmost side of the inner loop of the S that you made and draw a vertical line from there. Make sure the vertical line ends right at the nearest part of the S that it touches. Do the same thing for the bottom part.

4.Locate the outer and rightmost side of the loop you made and draw a semi-slanted line from there ending as soon as it touches the nearest part of the S. Skip the bottom part first.

5. On the upper part, locate the outer and leftmost side of the S you just made and draw a semi-slanted line and stop right at the end of the vertical line you made as a base.

6.Locate the bottom loop of the S and draw a semi-slanted line from the outer, rightmost part going towards the semi-slanted line you made from the left bottom loop of the S. The line should stop as soon as the semi-slanted lines from the outer left and right loops meet. Your final product should look like a cone with the scroll as the ice cream. Feel free to add some shading and colors for depth and dimension.



1.Imagine a rotated letter C lying on its curve and its two ends up top.

2.Simply follow that letter C by drawing another C right at the bottom of the first one you made. Do not, however, close it and make it look like a crescent moon. Add another curve or letter C right where your last curve ended.

3.From the end point of your last C, go back down and draw another bunch of C’s. Make sure that as you draw more and more C’s, they are always bigger than the previous one you just made. The key is to layer a smaller C’s with a bigger C and so on.

4-6. Keep going until you are contented with the size of your cloud. You can make another popcloud by repeating steps 1-6. To connect them, simply add a bunch of diagonal lines in the spaces between the clouds. Add shading for depth and you’re done.



This pattern will give your zen flower or any other zen art, for that matter, the texture. It doesn’t only give designs or embellishments, but texture.

1.First, draw two vertical lines. The lines will be your base and frame as it will determine the width and length of the pattern you are making. Divide the center of the two vertical lines into two. On the left side, draw a column of several diamonds with one side of it parallel to the left vertical line.

2.When you are done with the column of diamonds on the left side, do the right side and make sure each diamond from the left side is aligned with the row of diamonds on the right side.

3.Focus on the bottom sides of one diamond from the left side and its partner diamond on the right side. Their bottoms should resemble a V. Go ahead and draw that V to connect the diamond from left to right. Do this for the rest of the diamonds.

4.Focus now on the upper part of one diamond from the left. It’s top most line should be slanting upwards. Extend it until it touches the vertical line on the left. Do the same for the diamond on the right. If your drawing resembles that of the picture above labeled 4, go ahead and continue with the rest of the diamonds.

5.The center of each diamond should be blank. Feel free to fill them in with vertical lines.

6.Layer the pencil lines with ink and add the shading to give depth. Done.

Background and Border Patterns



Here is a very simple yet dainty little pattern for you. This pattern works well as a design to the border or embellishment to your zen flower.


1.On your paper, draw a sideways curved cane just like on the picture.

2.Add scallop edges and repeat the cane.

3.Add the second scallop edge, the third cane and scallop edges. Keep going until you fill the space you intend to fill out. By this time, it should look like a flurry of waves.

4.Now, focus at the leftmost base of each wave. Add a little circle for each wave until every wave has its own little circle.

5.Focus on the rightmost base of each wave and add a sideways tear shape. Make sure each wave has its own tear shape. When you are don, feel free to add embellishments on the scallop edges or shading for depth. Done!



This is a lovely Greek-inspired pattern that you can use as background, frame embellishment, and something to fill the spaces of your zen art. Imagine a zen flower boasting this kind of pattern, just pretty.


1.On your paper or chosen space, simply draw a vertical line. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Add another vertical line close to it and by close, I mean about half the width of a regular drinking straw or even thinner if you want. We will call this a set of vertical lines. About an inch away from the original set you made, add another set. Estimate another inch and add another set. Keep going until you have filled your chosen space with the vertical line sets.

2.Repeat step one, except this time, you will make the line sets horizontal. Try to keep the distance of each set an inch apart.

3.Once you’re done with the vertical and horizontal lines, lots of squares should emerge as a result of the lines you made. Focus on the center of the big squares and add a diagonal line in each.

4.Add another set of diagonal lines, this time facing the opposite side. Now, the center of each square should have an X on it.

5.Add a small square in the center of each square with X. Do not worry if the lines overlap because that is exactly what we intend to do. Now add another smaller square in the middle of the square you previously made. Do this for the rest of the squares.

6.Layer your design with ink and add some shading using pencil and ink for depth. And Done!

How to Draw Your Own Zen Flower

We are done discussing everything you need to know and prepare so you can finally draw a zen flower. Prepare your sharpened pencils, your felt-tip pens, your paper, coloring materials, your workspace, and everything else that you need. Again, we need to make sure everything you need is near you to avoid disruption.
Drawing any form of zen flower shares the process of how one draws a pattern.


Step 1: Make sure your design is already set in mind. It doesn’t matter if the design you see in your head seems to be a bit weird. There’s nothing weird when it comes to zen art and everyone else’s ideas are never wrong or right.

Step 2: Choose the size of your paper. I mentioned previously there are no restrictions when it comes to paper size for zendoodle. However, if you are quite new to this activity, you might want to start small. Increasing the size of your paper will become easier as you get used to different styles and patterns and letting your mind’s creativity flow out of your hand.

Step 3: Start with the border. Yes, some people do not like adding borders, but if you are feeling extra generous with your art, go ahead.

Step 4: Now, add the outline or string. You are free to make it look as if a flower morphed or something because zendoodle is freehand. Below is a sample of outline or string of a zen flower, together with the leaves in the background and a border to frame the design.

Step 5: Simply choose one section of the zen flower and start filling it with patterns. The patterns can come from your own ideas. In fact, you will find it easier to produce patterns once you are focused well, especially when you have already entered the state of meditation. There are also patterns available from the previous chapter, feel free to choose one for each petal and work your way until you have every section of the flower filled out.
Remember, patience will be needed as you draw. The patterns can be done in a systematic way that can stimulate focus and meditation. Simply follow the steps of making the patterns from the previous chapter and you will be alright.

Step 6: Are you feeling extra energetic today? Feel free to choose patterns or fill the borders with patterns!

Step 7: If you are happy with the results, you can layer your work with ink. Add the shading if you want a touch of depth and dimension before adding the color. As for the color, anything will do especially if it’s your mind telling you which color to use. You do not need to think hard just so you can color your drawing. Anything that comes into your head or any color that attracts you is good, so go ahead, pick it up and color your way through relaxation.
Remember, start small, be patient, and let yourself appreciate the hard work you poured in every drawing or piece that you make. After all, those are some of the traits and attitude that meditation teaches you. Just because you are having fun doesn’t mean you are already losing the value and the fruits of traditional meditation.

Be Creative!

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Zen Flowers (part 1)

il_fullxfull.462007055_8vauWhat does Zen mean?

The word zen is widely used, not only in America, but also in the other parts of the world. However, it is actually a Japanese word.
It all traces back to the Sanskrit people and the word dhyana, meaning to see, to observe, to look. The Chinese had their own translation of it which was chan and the Japanese with their word zen. All those words mean one thing – meditation.

If asked about the meaning of zen, most people will eagerly tell you it is a state of mind or peace. Some would even call it discipline. These answers point to good knowledge , but it doesn’t mean you know the deeper meaning and value of zen. It goes way beyond the state of the mind. Zen is a form of wisdom, compassion, and tradition.

What is Zen flower?

Zen flower is a type of zen doodles and to be exact, zen doodles aren’t restricted. I am not trying to say restricted as if it is a bad thing because zentangle, despite its restrictions, doesn’t and will never, ever hinder anyone from getting into a state of meditation or relaxation while drawing. Let me tell this to you straight – zentangles have borders and zendoodles do not. However, since zendoodle is very much a free-hand work, some people attempt to add a border and the outcome still looks just fine. But then again, there is no need for borders.
What you are going to need are outlines and some still like to call them strings. However, strings are used in zentangle and outlines for zendoodles are used in a different manner than that of zentangle.

In zentangle, a string determines the structure of their art. They first thing they draw is a border and then, a string. The border is used to contain all the tangles, and the string is for structure. Look at the picture below so you can understand. Since what you are doing is a zendoodle, forget that border and check out the string. Yes, you will be making flowers and these little strings can come handy in case you want to put distinct structures in each petal of your zen flower. Below is a sample:

Sample of Zen Flower outline/strings for Zen Flowers

1 strings

Zendoodle is freehand, meaning you are free to make your own string. However, if you are quite new to this, you will need some guides or inspiration to help you with. To save you from the trouble of searching through the internet, here’s something to make things easier for you. Below are a couple of strings to add zest to the zen flowers you will be making in the future.
Again, a simple reminder, whenever you plan to choose one of the strings above to use in your zen flower, simply ignore the border. You are free to use any of the strings or make one of your own to fill a petal, leaf, or stem with. The design, beauty, and intricacy of your zen flower piece depends on how you let your flow transfer freely through your works.

The Things You Will Need

So here is a small list of what you need before drawing:

Pencil – Usually for practice lines which are layered with ink from a felt-tip pen. It is also used for shading by many people especially if you want a light shade.

Felt-tip pen – Used for finalizing a line or if you want to emphasize a certain line. This is also used for shading especially if you want the darkest, blackest shade.

Reference – A must for beginners. You can’t just scrawl carelessly on the paper if you are after a worth-keeping masterpiece. There are tons of books, videos, pictures, or written guides that can be found through the internet. As for the books, you can find them in your favorite bookstore so no need for you to worry. You will need inspirations for patterns and trust me, there are tons of very lovely patterns waiting to be discovered by you.

Eraser – This is important so you can clean up the base or practice lines after you have layered your work with ink.

Coloring materials like crayons, oil pastels, poster color, acrylic paint, etc. (Make sure the coloring material you use will NOT wash out the lines of your zen flower.)

Workplace – Make sure your workplace is free of any form of disturbance that could disrupt your focus. Choose the best time for when you can draw and color freely. Prepare your desk or work space and make sure everything you will need is near. Once you enter the state of meditation or when you are focused enough that your hand is drawing in auto-pilot mode, you can’t afford to stand and get something you need for drawing or you will risk losing your concentration. Feel free to add things like candles, diffuser with your favorite essential oil, crystals to absorb negative energies, or your favorite soft music in the background. Anything will do as long as it doesn’t disrupt your focus.

A bottle of water and a little snake will be a good addition on your table, so you don’t need to stand up in case you feel thirsty or hungry.

Leaf Patterns

We can’t just stop with strings or outlines, can we? Even if you already have your beautiful outline, it would still look gloomy without the patterns that give zen art its distinguished personality. You do not have to think hard for patterns especially if you are a beginner. I will give you some samples that you can follow before. Let’s proceed.



This pattern is perfect for when you make your leaves. You do not need to make them look extra complicated because the lines of this pattern are enough to make you feel relaxed.
REMINDER: There is no up or down and left or right for this pattern. You are free to make it flow wherever you want.

1.Make a line. In our example, it is diagonal and it doesn’t matter if the line is a bit squiggly. Rulers aren’t required and imperfection is what makes this art beautiful. This line will serve as the center of the leaf.It will be the basis of the size of what you are making

2.Add a semi-circle or an ear on the right side. Actually, it is up to you if you want to start on the other side because like I mentioned, there are no up or down and left or right on this pattern.

3.Add another semi-circle on the other side and make sure this time it is a little bigger than the first one you made.

4.Go back to the right side and draw another semi-circle that is bigger than the two previous semi-circles you’ve done before. The key here is making sure the ends or points of the semi-circle wouldn’t meet or touch. They are supposed to be alternate.

5.You are free to add more semi-circles on either side alternately depending on how big you want it as long as it doesn’t reach the end point of your initial line.

6.If you feel like you are contented with the size, add the last semi-circle and make sure it touches both the ends of your initial line in the middle



This simple, very easy yet refreshing pattern works best as a background, however, if you are feeling a little adventurous feel free to use it to fill a petal of a zen flower.
REMINDER: There is no up or down and left or right for this pattern. You are free to make it flow wherever you want.

1.Draw a wavy and not-so-perfect line from top to bottom of your chosen space. This pattern can fill a whole page or a petal of your zen flower. You do not need to be meticulous about this wavy line because you will want the kelp to look natural.

2.Add more wavy lines from top to bottom. There is no need for you to mind the distance of the lines themselves as long as they are not too close to each other.

3.Go back to one of the vines you made and add the leaves . Make sure the leaves are arranged alternately to make them look natural. If you want certain variation for the shape and look of the leaves, go ahead.

4.Finish adding the leaves for the rest of the vines. You can even add flower blossoms in them or bees if you want.

Finally, layer your drawing with the ink of a nib-pen. If you feel like adding shading for each leaf for depth, do so. After all, this is free hand and if your mind tells you to do so, feel free to follow it.



This pattern can fill your flower petal, especially if you are making a big one. From afar, it will look a rather subtle woven finish to a petal or zen flower.
REMINDER: There is no up or down and left or right for this pattern. You are free to make it flow wherever you want. In this case, we will follow the diagonal orientation of the sample pictures.

1.First, let me remind you that our sample’s orientation is diagonal going to the right. Later on, you are free to make diagonal, vertical, or horizontal ones. Let us start drawing semi-circles arranged diagonally. Try to make the distance of the semi-circles as even as you possibly can without the help of a ruler. It is also up to you how big you want this pattern to fill up your page, it can fill a whole petal beautifully or a whole page just as well.

2. Now, add another set of semi-circles between each semi-circles you made previously. Again, they should be arranged diagonally, but facing the opposite way.

3. There should be spaces for each semi-circle regardless of where they are facing. Draw an S with its starting point touching the middle of one semi-circle and the end point touching the semi-circle facing the opposite way right below it. Continue adding S-shapes for every two semi-circles facing the opposite way just like the picture below. It will look like a small chamber with two openings.

4. Continue until you make small interconnected chambers just like on the picture.

5. Feel free to add designs in the center of each chamber. In this case, the sample boasts a little flower in each chamber.

6. After adding a flower in all the chambers, you can now add shading to add depth.



This very rich pattern is sure to fill your zen flower with life. While some may think this pattern is quite simple and not even mesmerizing, wait till you see it in its full glory with shading.

1.First is to draw a set of cones, arranged in a column, to fill up the space of your choice. Draw another column of cones right beside the first set you made, except this time, you have to make sure the this new set of cones have their sharpest points facing the opposite direction from the previous set you made. Beside this second set of cones, draw a new column of cones with the sharpest points facing the opposite direction of the sharpest points of the second column. Keep making another alternate set of cone columns until you fill the space you wanted.

2.Look closely to each cone that you made. Each of them has three corners and two points will be located on each side of the cone. What you are going to do is extend the lines on both sides of each cone until it touches another cone from another column. Do this to all the other cones.

3.Now, start filling the spaces outside the cones by following the direction of the extended lines you made. Do this until you have all the spaces around the cones covered with lines.

4.By now the only unfilled space you have left are the insides of the cones. Locate the sharpest points of each cone and shade it. They will start to look as if they are newly-sharpened pencils. Do this to all the cones. The broadest end of each cone is curved or concave, follow that shape and fill the insides of each cone with curves until every cone are done. After that, feel free to add some shadings to give depth and you are done.

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Shapes of Doodle Art

J. Van Pelt Zentangle1Doodle Art is a free form meditative art, which means that every line is freely drawn using the hand. You do not need to use rules, compasses or protractors in creating your tangles and definitely not mechanical aids to lend you those perfect edges. All you need is a pen and paper, literally.
In getting you started with your Tangles, I have roughly presented in the previous chapter that there are different types of patterns that are commonly used in Doodle Art. I will be presenting in detail a few of the basic patterns in this chapter, along with simple steps on how to create these designs. Remember once again that these patterns are meant to simply get you started with your Doodle Art and not to be the central design of your every Art Piece. Use these patterns as initial designs to help you get started, from there you can easily create patterns of your own in order to achieve that personalized your Doodle Art.

1. Basic Freehand Squared Grid
This is a basic shape to base your tangles on, all it takes is to draw repetitive parallel lines horizontally and vertically. These lines do not have to be drawn exactly straight, they may be curved or distorted. The steps for this tangle grid include:
1. Base your shape by drawing a primary horizontal line right in the middle of your outline.
2. Form a cross in the middle of your outline by drawing a vertical line right in the center of your outline, intersecting your previously drawn horizontal line. These steps does not have to be in the exact order, you can establish your vertical line first prior to your horizontal or vice versa.
3. Determine by visual estimation where you would want the rest of your lines to fall. Make sure that as you draw your lines they are parallel to each other and are equally spaced.


Do not worry too much if your lines seem to be in a disarray and are not as straight (or curved) as you would want them to be. Just continue with your work and as you add more details into your doodle, these minor “imperfections” can just as easily be drowned by and hidden (or enhanced) by your details.

2. Freehand Diamond-Shaped Grid
This tangle is basically almost the same as creating freehand square grids but instead of using crosses, we will be using X’s to establish the basic repetitive patterns in the sections. The simple steps to create this Zentangle are:
1. Right in the middle of your outline, draw a diagonal inclining from left to right.
2. In the same manner draw a similar diagonal in the middle of your outline, but this time inclining from right to left. These two diagonal base lines should be mirror images of each other. These first two steps can be interchangeable and you can choose to do Step 2 first the Step 1, whichever you choose the final output should be the same, which is an X right in the middle of your outline.
3. Draw repetitive lines that are parallel to one of your base lines, making sure that the lines are drawn equally spaced to each other.
4. Do the same to the mirror image of your base line.
5. You can choose to vary the diamond tangle by adding additional horizontal or vertical lines passing through the points where the diagonal lines intersect.


3. Freehand Ogee-Shaped Grid
This tangle involves the repetitive formation of fluid curved lines that are not in parallel with each other. The final product of this tangle pattern offers a sort of “scaly” concept and can be drawn in a variety of techniques. The method I will be providing you in this books involves the use of dots arranged in an orderly manner on your outline.
1. Place four dots in your outline, mimicking the vertices of an evenly cornered diamond, right at a single corner. The distance between these dots would determine the size of your ogee, the father apart they are the wider your ogee would be while the closer they are to each other, the smaller is your ogee.
2. Completely fill your outline with these dots and make sure that they are evenly spaced.
3. Connect the dots you have made by creating S-shaped lines that pass through a diagonally lined up set of dots. These S-shaped lines should be parallel to each other.
4. Do the same procedure as in Step 3 but this time, do the diagonal opposite to Step 3. You must now have a complete repetitive ogee-shaped grid.


Good Luck !

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How to Make Zentangle Art

Scan0006If any of this is sounding complicated, then don’t worry because it is really not complicated at all. The results you achieve with the zentangle method can appear quite complex and intricate but the actual process of making them is ridiculously easy. So let us look at what the actual process for making these unique artistic renderings is.
Making a zentangle is actually quite easy. First, we start with what is called a string. As with all zentangles, there is no rule for how these strings must look. The only rule is that these strings must be fitted within a square of three and a half inches, but even this rule can be altered. Below is a simple example of what a string may look like. Continue reading

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Zentangle Tips and Tricks

butterfly_zentangle_by_starliteyes420-d78pjqcHere are some quick tips and tricks to keep in mind when you are practicing your Zentangle art designs. Keep this page open for easy access while you are designing your Zentangles.

Always remember the Principles Of A Zentangle:

Unplanned, and unpredictable- a completed Zentangle should always excite and surprise
you. Do not strive for perfection, but rather allow things to unravel and form naturally.
There is up and down, no right or wrong way – Zentangles are not meant to be orientated in one direction. They can and should be viewed from any angle, up or down. With this, there is no right or wrong way to design and Zentangle. Continue reading

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Defining Your Own Zentangle Style


The beauty of Zentangle is that you can throw yourself into it, including your very own take and style. Every Zentangle is different and should reflect the nature of the artist. Rather than emulating or copying someone else’s personal Zentangle style, consider developing your very own Zentangle style that screams you!

The more you Zentangle, the more you will begin to see your very own style coming out naturally. Things like the pressure of your hand, the tightness or looseness of your design placement, will all add to shaping your very own Zentangle design. If you are struggling to develop your own Zentangle style, consider the following to help unlock your very own and unique Zentangle style. Continue reading

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The Foundations of a Zentangle

il_fullxfull.296956246So you know what makes a tangle a true tangle, but there are some important fundamental foundations that aid in the beginning stages of creating a Zentangle. While grids and stencils are not used in the creation of tangles, Strings, or lightly penciled lines, are used to help begin a Zentangle design.

Strings are done in pencil in order for them to disappear into your final Zentangle. Strings are simple and abstract. They can be curved lines or squiggles. A string provides the building blocks for a Zentangle without decreasing from the Zentangles non-planning or forethought nature. Strings are placed to allow creativity to flow and expand over it as the Zentangle begins to take shape. Continue reading

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