Zentangles. I’ve got the zentangle bug! Last summer I bought a book called One Zentangle a Day as something to keep me and my daughter creatively occupied on our camping holiday. She wasn’t so enamored but I fell in love with working in this way – quietly, mindfully, spontaneously and it’s wonderfully portable. All you need is a few ’tiles’ or small squares of card, a pencil and a couple of fibre tip black pens.
It’s a soothing and relaxing activity that helps focus your mind while creating a magically delightful little piece of art. Though I have quite extensive art training and practice I can see that this method does not necessarily require any artistic background at all, and at some point I’d love to bring this method to others and teach classes. The Zentangle method can only be taught by Certified Zentangle Teachers CZT, who have done the training in USA, so this is high on my list of intentions and wishes in the not too distant future! In the meantime, I will carry on exploring the method and producing one Zentangle a day. You can buy my Zentangles from the Mindfully Creative Art Gallery.
The method is that you create a ‘string’ on a ’tile’ which you then fill with different patterns. A string is a series of lines or shapes, that can represent something or be completely abstract. The book provides an exciting host of different patterns – geometric, organic, whimsical, dense, detailed, simple, complex – which you can use to fill the spaces created by the ‘string’.