I’m not much of a doodler, but when I am stressed, I find myself turning to Zentangles. It’s just so calming to put on some music and focus on creating intricate patterns.
What are Zentangles, you ask?
It’s a method that was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas as a way to increase focus and creativity, provide artistic satisfaction, and create an increased sense of personal well being. And all you need to get started is paper, pencil and a black pen!
Click here to read more about the nuts and bolts of creating Zentangles.
I created this particular piece on 180 gsm paper. The background was painted with acrylic inks, and then I sketched the birdie and spent a few relaxing hours zentangling! This lovely little birdie now graces the cover of a small handmade book that I made last year. I’m planning to make a few more of these and put them up for sale, soon!
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I’ve been so busy trying to manage life, that I forgot how delightful it is to just doodle or sketch. Thanks for reminding me.
Oh wow that is an awesome zentangle. Mine are usually just random things.
Amazing little birdie 🙂 Loved the colors you chose. I am not aware of Zentangles until now. Gonna check out how to create them right away!
I came across it sometime ago in one of the blogs i read but forgot to checkit out then, This post somehow came as a reminder. Thanks for that!
You make it all seem so easy, MG. I know I would struggle to create something so beautiful. More power to you!
I am really poor at art, but I never thought I could write as well. Never know! I will consider reading more about zentangles
That’s a beautiful zentangle! Doodling is so much free of fuss and stress. I always plan to start art journaling but never get down to doing it.
I gave up on zentangle but love seeing others’ 😉
Adorable! That’s such a cute birdie 🙂
Wow! Enchanting. You need the special artistic talent to do this.
That is so beautiful. I learned something new today about art. It indeed looks like peaceful activity to calm our minds.
Wow.. I was going through your website and you are so talented. I am so going to try it
awww…thank you! I just love experimenting and playing. I still have a long way to go and a lot more to learn! Do give zentangle a a try – they are fun!!
These are gorgeous! I have always wanted to create these myself. Got the black doodling pens. now it’s time to download your gift and get going 🙂
Awesome! Happy doodling!! Hope you enjoy the ebook!
I love Zentangling. Started a few years back, but off late have been out of touch. Maybe a gentle prod from your blog post to get started. After all I recently bought those multi-coloured zentangling pens too!! :))
I love the background of your birdie. <3
Ooh nice! Which multi colored pens did you buy? The art supply junkie in me needs to know! 😉
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I love zentangles. Infact I am planning on doing some for inktober 🙂 loved this birdie you have drawn
Superb! I’d love to see your Inktober sketches! All the best with the challenge!
Ooh this looks interesting. I have zero sketching skills, but I so want to try this.
Do try! It’s very meditative – might be just the thing that helps you plot out your next story! 😉
I like the zentangle and on the book its looks wonderful. More power to you, look forward to see more designs and books.
Thank you so much! 🙂
Wow! Never knew about ‘ zentangling ‘. This is so beautiful. You are so creative, I must say! Wish I had a creative nerve in me.
Thanks Meha! Look up zentangling – it’s not as hard as it looks! 🙂
How cute! One of my first, and still favorite, zentangles was a hummingbird.
Ooh, nice! It’s such a relaxing and fun way to spend a couple of hours, isn’t it? 🙂
That is such a beautiful zentangle! I had no idea about it, will look it up!
That is such a cute birdie, Shinjini!
I am participating in the Inktober 2017 ink fest this month. I am making sketches with zentangle designs within, and frankly, it is addictive! You wish you could just doodle on and on! And, it is so relaxing, too!
Superb artwork. so you teach Zentangles online?? i would love to learn. Happy to join with you for #writetribeprobloggerchallenge !!!
I had never heard of zentangles till I came across this post. Will definitely give it a try sometime ? Hopefully it’ll come out half as good as the one you’ve posted here ?
Hey Shinjini this is amazing. Its not normal praise from me this is really beautiful.
I have never tried zentangles, but I know many who love doing it, and are quite good at it too. 🙂 Looks very beautiful, that pattern art!
LOVE the birdie… Even your zentangles are gorgeous!! What a lovely book cover… I look forward to the books!
Thank you so much!! xx