Thursday, May 08, 2014

Zentangles!

I was introduced to Zentangles a few weeks back. While surfing through pinterest one night, a beautiful black and white design caught my eye. I loved the fact that it was just beautiful patterns thrown together, something like the doodles that could be found in my notebooks at school. The picture was pinned as "zentangle" and on further research this is what I learned :A Zentangle is an abstract, patterned drawing created according to the tenets of the Zentangle Method. Using the standard format of a 3.5-inch square title, the artist creates a structured pattern according to his or her whim following a basic set of guidelines. No technology, special materials, or educational background are necessary to become a Zentangle artist. Here are a few characteristics of a Zentangle:
  • The tile should not have an "up" or a "down" - it is without orientation.
  • It should not be representative of any certain recognizable object; rather, it should be abstract.
  • The drawing should be completed in black ink on white paper.
  • A Zentangle is meant to be portable, so that it can be created at any time the mood strikes.
Zentangle creations adhere to the following philosophical tenets:

  • Its creation is unplanned. When you begin creating a Zentangle, you're encouraged not to have an end goal in mind. Rather, allow the pattern to reveal itself as you draw.
  • The creation of a Zentangle is deliberate, yet unexpected. Each stroke should be made deliberately, rather than hesitantly. Instead of erasing stray marks, the artist should use them as the foundation for an unexpected pattern.
  • Its creation is celebratory. Like meditation, the Zentangle Method is meant to feel freeing and healing. It's a way to celebrate the beauty of life.
  • A Zentangle is timeless. No technology or special tools are used. Zentangles should connect those who make them to the timeless human endeavor of putting pen to paper.
It took around 3-4 days for me to complete this Zentangle, my first of hopefully many more. This one has found its way on my mom's living room wall.


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