How to Draw Zentangles (Doodle Art)

You might have done something like this while you were in grade school – without ever realizing this was a thing! Yes, we are talking about Zentangle; it’s an art of creating beautiful images and patterns. But Zentangle is much more than that. You can draw Zentangle for entertainment, education, relaxation, motivation etc. Sounds interesting? Well, it actually is.

The ancient origin of zentangling

Though the term Zentangle may be relatively new, but the basic principles of this art date back centuries. The symbols and design patterns in the Zentangle Art belong to many different cultures of the world – Mayan, Celtic, Maori, American, Indian. What makes Zentangle drawing interesting is that it is based on human behavior; lines and shapes are not planned and they emerge unintentionally. The process of drawing this Doodle art may look complex, but the process is simple. Zentangle Art is one of simplest and easiest paths that lead to relaxation.

Some key qualities (or benefits) of Zentangle Art are as follows:

> It is very soothing for the mind.
> It is simple enough for anyone to learn.
> It teaches you how to adjust to imperfections.
> It improves self-esteem.
> It boosts creativity and problem solving skills.
> It helps you manage anger and stress.

And you don’t need much to draw Zentangle or Doodle Art . A pencil, a black pen and a piece of heavy white drawing paper and you’re good to go and have fun.

Creativity flow booster

Drawing Zentagles is proven to let your creative juices flowing. If you are an artist, you can use this drawing technique to develop an array of beautiful designs or patterns that can applied to areas like quilting or jewelry design. Through this art, you can even express your personal feelings and then gift your Zentangle tile to a family member or close friends in place of greeting cards.

Great for all age groups

The best part about drawing Zentangles (Doodle Art) is that it’s not limited to a particular age group. Simply anyone can use Zentangle Art to enjoy a wide range of benefits. Depending on what you like, you can draw Zentangles either alone or in a group of like-minded people.

Given below is a video which shows you how to get started with the Zentangle Art. It features a Mandala with Zentangles.

About the Author Andrea Wood Schmitz

Mom of 6, Christian, writer, publisher, coloring-addict, coffee dependent.

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