Zentangle® enhances creativity, increases focus and promotes mindfulness.
by Nancy Domnauer, Certified Zentangle Teacher
Sharing some of my thoughts on the appeal of Zentangle.
I find that Zentangle is a mindful, meditative and relaxing art form that
promotes creativity, increases focus and is fun.
It seems to combine two things that I enjoy, art and meditation.
While drawing simple pen strokes and following the Zentangle Method, you'll experience relaxed focus and calmness. The practice of Zentangle has many benefits including lowering stress, allowing focus on the moment and encouraging right brain activity -- all while producing a work of art.
I like to say that if you take a two hour class then you will have a hobby for life!
We happen to live in an increasingly accelerating and connected world. While this offers benefits it also has its costs.People have access to information yet many feel overwhelmed and isolated.
One way to achieve balance in your life is to tap into creative expression which exercises your right brain. Whether you dance, sew, play an instrument, draw, paint, garden, cook or partake in any creative endeavor, you will feel better for doing it. And your right brain, which craves this activity, will thank you!
That feeling of enjoyment, focus and 'being in the zone' is a healthy practice for a balanced lifestyle. One of my practices is to think of things I'm grateful for. This actually increases one's level of gratitude.
The founders of Zentangle, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, teach that the first step in The Zentangle Method is gratitude and appreciation. What a lovely reminder and approach to art and life.
I'm grateful to have discovered Zentangle® because it brings me to a place of focus and calm while making art. I love sharing Zentangle with my students and friends. And I thank my students for being part of my creative journey.
Participating in cooperative, artistic communities also enhances human connection and well being. I've found that participating in The Morgan Hill Tangle Club is one such a place and I hope you will join our group of Zentangle enthusiasts. It's a casual, supportive and positive community.
I hope you'll try Zentangle and experience this simple to learn, meditative, appealing and calming art form that unlocks your creative potential and enables you to achieve mindfulness.
If you're ready to learn about Zentangle, please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a sample of the type of Zentangle tile and patterns that students create in Nancy's Introduction to Zentangle Class. Patterns (clockwise from top left): bales, hollibaugh, shattuck, crescent moon
A Favorite Zentangle
Here's one of my favorite Zentangle tiles! I started with a floating 'string' then added patterns, confetti dots and shading. Patterns (clockwise from top left): bales, dex, crescent moon, 'nzeppel