What Is A Zentangle?

zentangle_leaf_by_lynettesherrard-d68iof3 If you’re like most people, then you probably hear the word “Zentangle” and feel a bit confused. Don’t worry, it is actually not difficult and can provide quite a bit of fun with extra benefits. In fact, the Zentangle is one of the fastest growing hobbies with the lowest amount of cost. With just some paper, and pencil, and a Sharpie; you can get started on this new and exciting hobby.

First, let us talk about what a Zentangle isn’t. It is NOT a doodle. Doodles are fun and all but they don’t count as Zentangles because they do not follow a pattern or have any type of structure.

Now, making a Zentangle isn’t complicated or anything. It simply requires that you follow a pattern as closely as you can. The whole point here is to create complexity from the simplest parts. A zentangle is little more than creating a larger work from small and repetitive parts. These small and repetitive parts are in the form of squares that are 3.5 inches in length. The patterns themselves can vary widely and there are many different patterns that have been created by people practicing this art form. But the best part about these patterns is that they are only suggestions. There is no right or wrong when it comes to practicing this art.

No right or wrong? This concept confuses some people but once they adjust to the fact that there is no objective measure on which to grade their work, well, that’s when it gets quite fun. Now, the door is open to a wide range of possibilities and all manner of ways to incorporate them together. The best part of this is the wide variety of final products that one could make with just an hour or two of making these intricate designs.

So now that we have an idea of what this art and hobby is, let us go further and figure out how exactly we are to participate in this activity.

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