How Zentangle® Works

Anything Is Possible

Zentangle is a unique art form used to create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. At first glance, a Zentangle may seem intricate and complex, yet its simplicity, fun and captivating nature become clear when you see how it is done. We love presenting to classes and seminars full of people who are convinced they cannot draw a Zentangle, yet within 15 minutes they have easily accomplished what they thought impossible. You can transfer the insight and success you feel from Zentangle to any life experience.

Deliberate Strokes

In Zentangle, you make each pen stroke consciously and intentionally. We are always making "life strokes" such as thoughts, words and deeds. By making each stroke deliberately, you will understand how those apparently small and insignificant strokes of our moment-to-moment days contribute to your life pattern.

Deliberate Focus

The very act of putting your pen to paper focuses your attention in a way similar to meditation or being "in the zone." As your eye follows your pen strokes, your attention shifts to a state that allows fresh thoughts, new perspectives and creative insights to flow unhindered.

No Eraser

There is no eraser for life and there is no eraser for Zentangle. However, you will discover that even if you make what appears to be a mistake, you can build on that event as a new pattern and go in unexpected and exciting new directions.

Unknown Outcomes

Zentangle takes brainstorming to a new level through its metaphor of "not knowing." Unlike most art and creative activities, you begin intentionally unaware of what your Zentangle will look like. By not planning ahead for an intended outcome, participants build and expand on each new idea unhindered and unconstrained by preconceptions.

Fractal

Zentangle mimics the fractal nature of the universe. Each stroke creates a pattern called a tangle. Tangles are nested within a string, or a line around which tangles are drawn. Tiles are the paper on which you draw a Zentangle; these can be grouped into larger mosaics.

Quantum

Zentangle offers both a freedom and a challenge, as there are no restrictions aside from the edge of the paper. There is no predetermined solution – unlike crossword puzzles, jigsaws or Sudoku. You cannot fail to create a Zentangle. This freedom can be a bit unnerving at first. Soon it becomes a freeing and uplifting experience as you realize you can create never-ending, ever-changing designs.