Zentangle® enhances creativity, increases focus and promotes mindfulness.
by Nancy Domnauer, Certified Zentangle Teacher
Zentangle is a simple to learn, relaxing and mindful art form that allows one to slow down and focus while creating art. While drawing simple pen strokes and following the Zentangle Method, you'll enter a state of relaxed focus and calmness as you put pen to paper.
Zentangle enhances creativity, increases focus and provides a sense of contentment. It's also enjoyable and fun! Some called it Yoga with a pen.
Zentangle seems to combine two things that I enjoy: art and meditation.
I like to say that if you take a two hour class, then you'll have a hobby for life.
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.
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, 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!
The feeling of enjoyment, focus and 'being in the zone' that you achieve with Zentangle is a healthy practice for a balanced lifestyle.
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. We continually learn from one another.
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 meet with 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 one to practice mindfulness.
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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