The possibilities of what you can do with art and how you can take it to the next level are simply endless. Zentangle, the art of creating beautiful and repetitive patterns, can be used in a number of ways.
If you just take a look at how people are Zentangling for relaxation and entertainment, you’ll be surprised.
You may be wondering about the creation of Zentangle or who brought up the concept for the entire world to take pleasure from. Let’s just tell you a little bit of history. Around nine years ago, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, native of Central Massachusetts, discovered the art form of Zentangling during their drawing practice. Today, it’s become a phenomenon and a large number of people around the globe are practising it to achieve different purposes in their lives.
Whether it’s Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, USA, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan or UK, Zentangle has taken people by storm. People from a variety of backgrounds are choosing Zentangle to enjoy, create and share Zentangle art with one another.
Key benefits of Zentangling include:
Relief from stress
> Increase in creativity
> Improvement in sleep patterns
> Boosted self-esteem
> Anger management
> Better concentration/focus
> Design inspiration
In fact, the list of benefits that people are deriving from Zentangle goes on. You can practise Zentangle for both mental and physical benefits. Since the art form isn’t restricted to a specific set of skills or age group, simply anyone anywhere can start to Zentangle and have fun.
The ever-growing popularity of Zentangle has attracted art teachers who are fast becoming Certified Zentangle Instructors. The founders of Zentangle (Maria and Rick) are traveling from one city to another to let more people discover the joy of Zentangling and improve their lives. You can’t imagine the kind of creations that can come out of Zentangle – until you start practising it.
Whether you want to practice it alone, in a group or with your own kids at home, Zentangling can prove to be a lot of fun. Learning this art form doesn’t require any talent, so you can get started with it anytime. Usually, you start with a square drawn on a piece of white paper, split it up into multiple sections and then create a wide range of patterns in each section. This is an art form that doesn’t aim for perfection. Just let yourself free and enjoy the process.
Here’s a video that shows you how you can take Zentangle to a whole new level by transferring a Zentangle pattern on Polymer Clay and create a beautiful pendant. And believe me, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Mom of 6, Christian, writer, publisher, coloring-addict, coffee dependent.