How to Zentangle

Well, the title of this post is How to Zentangle, but you really don’t have to learn a lot.  It’s actually just a way to create images with structured patterns, called tangles. You don’t have to be an artist or have any artistic talent.  It’s very relaxing and fun.

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After looking at several books about Zentangle,  I bought  Totally Tangled, at my local art supply store.  I like it and can recommend it.  It’s available on Amazon, if you can’t find it locally.

Totally Tangled: Zentangle and Beyond

Zentangle book

The Mono Drawing Pens from Tombow  are great for Zentangling. Any fine black marker will work, or even a pencil would be adequate.

Zentangling is often done on special Zentangle tiles, but you can really use any type of paper to create the patterns. A heavier weight paper is nice, to prevent bleed-through of the ink. Bristol board is sturdy and works well for Zentangling.

Not surprisingly, my daughter was the first one to break open the book and give Zentangling a try. She is usually the one who ventures first into new creative projects. (She actually makes some of the Pinterest stuff she pins.)  She was home from college for the summer and spent some time drawing these fun patterns. Give some of the patterns a try!

How to Zentangle for Doodlers, bullet journaling, and artists. #zentangle #doodling #bullet journal

How to Zentangle

She decided to add some color to this one:

Zentangle at anartfulmom.com
Zentangle at anartfulmom.com

Have you tried Zentangling yet?

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  1. There's a word for this! I've never tried it but Cassidy's Aunt loves to draw her own designs like this, and have Scarlet color them in. It's all so soothing – the drawing, the coloring, the watching.

  2. Yes, I dabbled in zentagles for a bit. I have a great Pinterest group board called Zentangles are the New Black. It's got tons of great resources and ideas. Sometimes when I'm on a long conference call, I'll sit and do Zentangles just to keep myself awake. I do love black and white prints and I've seen some great shirts, shoes, coffee cups, even light bulbs with beautiful zentangle designs.

    1. I will go take a peek at your Pinterest Board. I love black and white prints too. I like the clean bright contrast. Thanks for coming by!

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