Key Benefits & Uses of Zentangle®


Zentangle provides a simplistic and lighthearted way to unwind from the stress of the day. It hones your focus by drawing you away from agitation through subtle, calming and intricate strokes that lead to wholesome beauty.

artwork by Carole Ohl, CZT 

Nurture & Develop Creative Abilities

A goal of Zentangle is to free your thoughts in such as way that it ultimately strengthens and empowers your creativity. When you engage in Zentangle drawing, the creative part of your mind may frolic and grow in ways never before thought possible.

Journaling & Journal Prompting

The freeing aspect of Zentangle is designed to open your mind up to new thoughts, sensations and more. This gives participants new ideas that should be committed to paper. Or you may simply describe how you feel when drawing your delicate tangles and strings.

Relieve Stress

By focusing on crafting beautiful tangles, the pressures of everyday life are seemingly lifted. Zentangle's enlightening, liberating purpose is designed to ease tension, so be sure to make use of its calming nature whenever you feel the weight of the day bearing down on you.

Improved Sleep Patterns

The pattern-making beauty of Zentangle reaches deep into multiple aspects of your life. Through relaxing focus and creative growth, your mind sorts and processes daily events that help you enjoy a night of deep, replenishing sleep.

Improve Hand-Eye Coordination

Zentangle is an additive drawing technique that requires focus yet relaxes the overall mind. While anyone can do it, noting the detail and subtle nuances of each stroke help improve hand-eye coordination.

Improved Self-Esteem

It feels good to create and watch something beautiful unfold. From beginning to end, witnessing your Zentangle tile bloom forth instills a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Develop & Rehabilitate Fine Motor Skills

Just as Zentangle helps build hand-eye coordination in all people, its benefits are particularly effective for those in the process of rebuilding motor skills. Connecting, shading and forming a Zentangle image into a beautiful whole is a peaceful yet makes new ties in the mind that can be seen in everyday life.

Creates Beautiful Art

A Zentangle tile is always beautiful regardless of its simplicity or complexity. You cannot fail at Zentangle. Every tile you create will be gorgeous and help bring forth that creative aspect of the self.

Team Building & Group Focus

While masterful pieces can be created solo, Zentangle really shines as a group activity. Connecting multiple minds and they connect strokes into wondrous art is a bonding experience.


Zentangle can be used to sort and process life challenges. The increased focus and creativity aspect provide a soothing channel for those with questions, concerns or medical conditions.

Increases Attention Span & Ability to Concentrate

One of the most important aspects of Zentangle is its ability to hone a person's concentration skills by keeping them engaged in a flowing, blossoming creation. While it ultimately relaxes participants, Zentangle becomes easier and easier over time.

Anger Management

The first benefit of Zentangle a person comes across is typically relaxation. This is no accident. Individuals suffering from anger issues will find Zentangle to be an outlet through which they may find relief and calmness.

artwork by Carole Ohl, CZT 

Home Schooling

Zentangle helps home-schooled children increase focus and coordination so their studies may be even stronger.

Addiction Therapy Tool

The goal of addiction therapy is freedom from some part of a person's life that holds them captive. Zentangle helps with this by releasing the mind's attention on that addiction and focusing it on a highly beneficial creative activity.

Design Inspiration

At its core, Zentangle is an art. Just as any other art form, it encompasses themes from internal and external sources. These come together into a cogent design structure that has the power to inspire the creator and others.