The Zentangle Method® is a mindful technique of using repetitive patterns to create beautiful images. The work is often done on small (3.5”x3.5”) paper “tiles” and can be completed in as little as 15 or 20 minutes. Though tangles are created with only 5 basic pen strokes, most patterns only use 2 or 3. The tools are simple and portable; they and can fit in a pocket and you can do it most anywhere.
This 5-minute movie is an introduction to the Zentangle Method ®. It begins with some definitions, including Zentangle's "elemental strokes" (iCS0), and is illustrated throughout by my Zentangle art. The movie is made from my 2017 2-sided accordion book which is 14' long. https://vimeo.com/739451406/aec26ae31e
Students exploring the Zentangle art form discover an antidote to stress, an increased ability to focus, and the artist within them. Since tanglers don’t have a preconceived idea of the final results they are freed of expectations which lead to interesting abstract creations. Creativity happens in the process and no one ever creates what someone else has created; it is personal and the possibilities are limitless.
The structured patterns are great substitutes for traditional pen and ink and scratchboard practice. Students in those disciplines need to develop the same control with their tools as Zentangle students need to with their pens. While practicing and learning control through Zentangle, all students get a sense of accomplishment by creating unique tiles.
As a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) I combine my love of art and of the Zentangle Method with my Zen meditation experience and my decades of teaching all ages from babies to university students. In addition to teaching the classes below, I can create a program to meet your individual needs or the needs of your group.
The founders of Zentangle tell their unique story How they discovered this art form that excites, relaxes and is easy-to-learn.
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