I just want to take a quick moment to introduce you to a new hobby of mine – Zentangle! For those of you who don’t know (and I sure didn’t know what this meant a few months ago!) Zentangle is a form of meditated drawing. A husband and wife couple created it when the husband noticed how focused his wife got while working on her drawing, and together, they created the Zentangle process.
Right now, my husband and I are living in a teeny-tiny little base apartment while he completes some training for the air force. We drove here (cross country!), so I was limited on the amount of stuff I could pack, but one thing from my craft room that I made sure to grab was my sketch book and a small box of artist pencils, pens and tools. I had hopes of working on my hand lettering class (more info on that to come!), but while down here, I discovered Zentangle, and it is the perfect take anywhere, do anywhere craft.
I started out by reading everything I could online, before finally breaking down and buying a book or two on the subject. I sat in the store and looked through the 30+ books I could find on the subject before I settled on two. This one (affiliate link below), called One Zentangle A Day has become my favorite. It really breaks the process down in easy to manage chunks, and I’ve seen a huge improvement in my tangles since I started the book.
Zentangle is something that anyone, regardless of age or ability can do. You should really read up on it (or check out their official website), but the basic steps include finding a calming area to work in, taking a few deep breaths to relax yourself, and drawing your focus on your work before you. You begin with a simple pencil drawn square (3.5 inches), with a simple pencil squiggle drawn inside. Then you begin filling in the squiggles with different tangles. Finally, simple shading brings your work to life. Each Zentangle takes about 30 minutes to complete, and each time I complete my tangle, I am more and more impressed with the results!
I hope to write more about Zentangle on my blog in the future, but for now, here are a few of my beginning tangles.
This is my first one before I really understood the process – I was working on a “sketch a day” challenge on Instagram, and the theme was “clouds”. I just practiced the different doodles inside the clouds.
Some more early practice:
My first traditional tangle:
This was my first tangle after I started reading the One Zentangle A Day
All the way up to the new one I created today! I’m on day 6 of the book and I’ve already seen a huge improvement in my tangles!