Zentangles

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I love using zentangles to unwind!

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Zentangles are essentially a detailed doodle. The concept behind a Zentangle is a series of patterns, connecting together to create one drawing.

It looks very complicated and detailed, but once you get started, you find yourself just starting with one simple line and naturally moving forward like you are being carried like a feather on a gentle breeze. The ink seems to flow from you onto the paper. It is a very relaxing practice, and something that all of you should try!

How do you start one? It starts with one single simple line, and you just build off it and keep drawing and making patterns until your page is filled! There are no mistakes. You can never do it wrong. That is part of what is so liberating about a Zentangle!

Characteristics of Zentangle

INTUITIVE: With the Zentangle method, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and easy to do. And even though it is a specified series of steps, it results in a creative expression that transcends its own rules.
FUN AND RELAXING: Creating Zentangle art provides a fun and lighthearted way to relax and intentionally facilitate a shift in focus and perspective.
UNEXPECTED: With the Zentangle method not have a preconceived idea of your final result. Following this somewhat unusual approach, your creation is not restricted by your expectations.
CEREMONIAL: Repetitive, simple steps are part of the Zentangle method. These steps support relaxation, focus and inspiration. It can be a wonderful daily ritual.
TIMELESS: Creating designs, manipulating symbols and putting pen to paper is part of our human heritage. In a time of keyboards, computer mice, and cell phones, the simple strokes that are part of the Zentangle method automatically engage you in a comfort and familiarity of timeless, basic creativity.
PORTABLE: Everything you need to create beautiful Zentangle art can fit in your pocket. This easy to learn method of relaxed focus can be done almost anywhere, alone or in groups, without any special abilities or costly equipment.
EMPOWERING: It is an empowering and uplifting experience to learn that you can deliberately relax and intentionally direct your attention while creating beautiful works of art .

 

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Image Sources: Brandi Herrmann Haugen

Source: Bri Kettler, Independent Artist & Starburst Program Volunteer

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