If you can hold a pen and write your name, you can create beautiful abstract art using the Zentangle® Method. Zentangle is an easy and fun way to relax by drawing structured repeating patterns. And because you begin without knowing what your creation will look like, you can’t mess up!
For most of my life, I was one of those “can’t draw a stick figure” people. Give me some beads and thread, and I was in my element. If anyone had told me that I would teach other people how to create art with a pen and paper, I wouldn’t have believed them.
Then I found Zentangle. Not only am I creating art that I like, it also relaxes me. I love teaching people how to find focus and a sense of peace. I also like proving people wrong when they say they can’t draw! If you can write your name and will give me 2 hours and an open mind, you’ll leave with a beautiful piece of art and a stress management technique you can use for a lifetime.
Everything you need to create your own Zentangle art can fit in your pocket. Take a break from the computer and use the “old fashioned” tools of pen and paper to unleash your personal creative mischief.
The Zentangle Method is the brainchild of lettering artist Maria Thomas and her partner Rick Roberts, a former monk. Together, they created Zentangle to share the meditative drawing experience with the world. This simple and elegant process is practiced by people of all ages, skill levels and abilities.
At all age levels, whether in public, private or home school environments, creating Zentangle art has been associated with improved:
- Eye/hand coordination
- Creativity and personal expression
- Problem solving
- Relaxation and focus
Zentangle art provides a non-verbal expression for journaling, reflection, personal growth and increased confidence. Some applications include:
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Addiction therapy
- Symbolic journaling
The little guy in my logo is named Kokopelli. Kokopelli is a Hopi word that, roughly translated, means wooden hump. This humpbacked flute-player has been around for more than 3,000 years and is sacred to many Native American tribes in the southwestern United States. Kokopelli is a mischief maker, prankster, rain god, story teller, traveling salesman, god of harvest and plenty, and symbol of fertility.
Stories say that he travelled from village to village, playing his flute, bringing the change from winter to spring and rain for a fruitful harvest. Legend is that he carried a sack, but over the years, the sack became a hump on his back. Various stories say his sack contained seeds, songs, stories, clouds and rainbows, goods to trade and even babies for village women.
I designed this Kokopelli using the language of Zentangle: dots, lines, S’s, C’s and orbs. If he has caught your eye and brought you to the site, it may be time for you to plant some seeds of creativity and make your own creative mischief!
bohemiangirl is a Certified Zentangle Teacher in the Roanoke, VA area.