The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. These are called patterns, tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. These simple shapes are the “Elemental Strokes” in all Zentangle® art. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called “tiles.” We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics.
Zentangle® art is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. There is no up or down to Zentangle® art. If fact, you can most easily create Zentangle® art by rotating your tile as you tangle — always keeping your hand in a relaxed position. You don’t need to know what a tangle is going to look like to draw it. You just need to know the steps. The result is a delightful surprise.
As you use the Zentangle® Method to create beautiful images, you likely will enjoy increased focus, creativity, self-confidence and an increased sense well-being.
We believe that life is an art form and that each person is an artist. The Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor and model for inspiring deliberate artistry in life.
For this reason, we deliberately do not include an eraser in our Zentangle® Kit or use it as part of a Zentangle® practice. We have no eraser in life, so why in a Zentangle® Kit? There’s little use for it when you think about it. Pencil strings and borders can be ignored and pen marks can’t be erased. Even if those pen marks aren’t initially what you might have intended (we never call them “mistakes” in the Zentangle® Method), you can use them as inspirations to go in directions that you may not have otherwise explored. Instead of looking at them as mistakes, we reframe them as “opportunities.” By avoiding common blocks to creative flow such as: self-criticism, fear of failure, lack of immediate positive feedback, worrying about outcomes, frustration with lengthy training, lack of inspiration and doubts about what to do next, you can create beautiful art right away.
Through the Zentangle® Method of drawing, you can
• Expand your imagination
• Trust your creativity
• Increase your awareness
• Respond confidently to the unexpected
• Discover the fun and healing in creative expression
• Enter a vibrant and supportive worldwide community
• Feel gratitude and appreciation for this beautiful world and all that you can do
• And perhaps most importantly . . . Have fun!