Monday, June 13, 2011


Danial and Sandy introduced me to zentangles.  Zentangles are kind of like doodling, kind of like meditation. The term was coined by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. One source suggests they were inspired by Buddist monks to express the way life has different threads that weave and interweave. You just draw a square about 4" on a side. Then you draw some random lines in it and fill the spaces with different patterns.

 I was impressed with Sandy's zentangles and wanted to try it.

It is fun! I wanted to learn more.
Zentangles have been used in education for:

  • Handwriting
  • Eye/hand coordination
  • Creativity and personal expression
  • Problem solving
  • Cross-cultural understanding, using various cultural symbols such as Indian henna patterns, Celtic knotting, Zuni pottery, Maori tattoos or Islamic tiling.
  • Relaxation and focus

 I found these, and these, and these, just for starters.
And I joined a project at Art42, to make and exchange more.
Zentangle by Maria
zentangle by Maria

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