Zentangle Once More

2 08 2013

Some time ago our volunteer group at the hospital started doing zentangle, which I introduced here.

We just had a new weekend workshop to really focus on zentangle, since we only got about 10 min with it last time. It was in the CoRK Arts District, which I hadn’t been to before:

All the CoRK buildings are painted with murals. I liked this one (despite the dumpster view) cause of the birds!

All the CoRK buildings are painted with murals. I liked this one (despite the dumpster view) cause of the birds!

Now, zentangle is all about doodling – you don’t have to be “an artist” or be perfect with line structure to get the meditative benefit from it AND actually create something cool. That’s why it’s good for patients. So, my belief is that you also don’t have to memorize the specific zentangle patterns…you can just make things up, but, especially if you’ll be teaching, it’s a good idea to learn some basics.

Below is a “string,” where you draw points and connect them to make a shape, and within the shape you draw a squigly “string” or lines to make shapes within it. You do all of that in pencil and zentangle inside it with pen (so that the frames you drew disappear). We learned each pattern as we drew it.

my zentangle 2

my "learning sheet" - learning different patterns

my “learning sheet” – learning different patterns

The amazing Dorian Eng was our teacher. Dorian excels at pretty much every type of art possible, and she’s super nice! She has been doing this for a while and brought a ton of beautiful examples: bookmarks, coasters, booklets, with and without color, black glaze on black paper, etc.

Dorian's zentangle - believe she used a stamp and then went over it (the flower) and did the rest freehand using a metallic pen that shows up very well on the black paper.

Dorian’s zentangle – believe she used a stamp and then went over it (the flower) and did the rest freehand using a metallic pen that shows up very well on the black paper.


"Mentangling" - ok, delving straight into gender stereotypes here, but I've heard many male patients not want a tissue paper flower because it's "too girly." Perhaps zentangling with pipe structures would be better? Looks pretty cool anyhow - very steampunk.

“Mentangling” – ok, delving straight into gender stereotypes here, but I’ve heard many male patients not want a tissue paper flower because it’s “too girly.” Perhaps zentangling with pipe structures would be better? Looks pretty cool anyhow – very steampunk.

I think I’ll make a little book of zentangles during downtime…had a webinar again this week that was easy to listen to while doodling, so I zentangled a face. Nevertheless, regular office ball point pens aren’t great for this. I highly recommend a Micron pen or similar.
my zentangle 3

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