Zentangle is a self-help art therapy practice to enhance relaxation and focus.
It is a fun, easy to learn and accessible way of reducing the feelings of stress and anxiety through the drawing of beautiful patterns without the need for artistic training.
Zentangle was invented by a monk named Rick Roberts and an artist named Maria Thomas in 2004.
Zentangle, Mandla or Doodles?
Many people get confused between the three.
A doodle is mostly a thoughtless play on paper and does not have any boundries of colour, size or shape. It could be patterns, human figures or cartoon figures.
Whereas Mandalas are religious in origin and mostly have a central or grid design that picture the inner or outer world in a schematic design.
Zentangles have certain rules concerning visual composition, style, recurring patterns and shapes.
True Zentangles are always created on 3.5 inch (8.9 cm) square tiles and they are always done in black ink on white paper.
What did I make?
I personally have a habit of doing something creative after my exams are over which acts as a stress buster and employs my mind over other things.
I found something like this on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. I think it did came out as expected.
My drawing consists of repetitive patterns and shapes but does not fit in the size specifications of a true zentangles and since it was not a thoughtless play of pen on a paper, it’s not a doodle too. I guess it can be called zentangle + doodle art.
Tell me what do you think about it in the comment section. Hope you all like it.