Characteristics of Zentangle®

Zentangle has many unique characteristics that make it effective in driving a sense of "contained awareness" and spreading a message of creativity and self-reflective art.

Intuitive Art Form

This method of using repetitive patterns to create beautiful images is easy to learn and easy to do. Even though it is a specified series of steps, it results in a creative expression that transcends its own rules.

Fun & Relaxing

While Zentangle provides a fun and lighthearted way to relax and intentionally facilitates a shift in focus and perspective, it is sufficiently structured and organized so you can enjoy and benefit from an activity that otherwise might be considered whimsical.


You cannot fail to create a Zentangle. That is because a Zentangle is meant to look like a Zentangle. It has no predetermined outcome, it does not need to look like anything else and it has no up or down.

Unexpected Results

Zentangle is an unusual approach to art because you have no idea what its result will be when you begin. Your creation is not restricted by your expectations.


Zentangle is an artistic meditation that supports relaxation, focus and inspiration and can be a wonderful daily ritual.


Creating designs, manipulating symbols and putting pen to paper is part of our human heritage. In a time of keyboards, computer mice and cell phones, Zentangle allows a return to a comfort and familiarity of timeless, basic creativity.


Zentangle only requires a pen, paper, pencil and one's imagination.


Zentangle is elegantly designed, crafted and presented. If you are going to do something, then do it with the finest tools and materials available. Unlike other methods of relaxation and focus, Zentangle yields a fruit that is beautiful and can be appreciated, collected, chronicled and reflected upon for years to come. Using fine materials is an act of respect for yourself and respect for your art.


Zentangle is not limited by technology. Your creativity is not directed by how someone else wrote a particular program, nor does it need batteries or electricity. Zentangle provides a counterbalance to our increasing use of computers, mice, screens and keyboards. It returns us to that fundamentally human behavior of manipulating symbols and putting marks on paper. Zentangle is not preprogrammed. Your creativity is your only limit and Zentangle has a way of increasing and inspiring expression of your personal creativity.