Tuesday, April 12, 2016

LearnNBlog #3: Zentangles

What is a Zentangle?

Zentangles are a method of creating designs by drawing structured patterns. The art form was created by Maria Thomas & Rick Roberts.

Zentangles are created by making patterns on a small piece of paper roughly 3.5" side. These are called Zentangle tiles. The drawings are made free-hand without the aid of any instruments like straight edge or compass. Erasers are not to be used. Small patterns are used to fill in the larger blank spaces. The patterns are filled one stroke at a time. While most zentangles are black and white, colors can be added into the pattern if desired. It can be considered similar to doodling, though zentangles are bigger. Sometimes complex patterns can be built up by combining zentangles or through building up on a single one.

Zentangles are also considered as as self-help art therapy practice to enhance relaxation and focus. There are cetified Zentangle trainers. But these can be done without any training by using one's own imagination.
Sample Zentangle Images
References
Zentangle (Home Site)
How to make a Zentangle (WikiHow)
Maria Thomas & Rick Roberts' Zentangles (GoLocalWorcester)
Calm Down & Get Your Zentangle (Psychology Today)

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