I recently attended an introductory course on Zentangles, which are interconnected patterns with a flow and rhythm all its own. They integrate doodling and meditation in an experience that uses both sides of the brain and is intensely gratifying and satifsfying.
The best part is that anyone can do them – it appeals to all ages, young and old. You can be as intricate as you like, adding more and more detail, or keep it simple. In my class, I learned to do the crescent moon, nightsbridge, hollandbaun, bales and tipple, which involves making little circles. More and more, this doodling style is making it into my drawings and artwork, and what’s amazing is that there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. Even if you put a line in the wrong place, it will still look great! Zentangles are great for people on the run, as it lends itself to periods of waiting – fill your time in a lineup by working on a small tile! All you need is a pen, a piece of paper and a pencil for shading. So simple, yet so much fun. It is addictive!

I have attached a sample of three cards or tiles that I have done, as a result of the class and as a result of trying out new designs from a book. I really enjoyed the process of Zentangling and you will too! It is, as it says, very Zen and peaceful to concentrate on patterns and doodles. Good for our mental health – art that is joyful and also therapeutic!

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