From Zentangle.com: The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.
As you practice the Zentangle Method, you discover that not only can you create beautiful art, you also can increase your focus and create a different mood and state of mind.
Application and use of the Zentangle Method is widespread and we continue to learn of new ways in which others are using it.
Here are a few ways others are using the Zentangle Method.
Zentangle art is easy to create and wonderful to share and enjoy. The Zentangle process is mesmerizing. You can create alone or with a group. You can create a game by randomly selecting tangles, or by making collaborative Zentangle creations. Unlike games with predetermined outcomes like crossword puzzles or Sudoku, you discover your own outcomes.
We all need to relax from stress now and then. The Zentangle Method offers a quick way to intentionally redirect your focus and enter a relaxed state almost immediately. It does not require any particular physical skill. It does not require a uniform, location or equipment to relax and enjoy.
At all age levels, whether in public, private or home school environments, creating Zentangle art has been associated with improved:
- Eye/hand coordination
- Creativity and personal expression
- Problem solving
- Cross-cultural understanding, using various cultural symbols such as Indian henna patterns, Celtic knotting, Zuni pottery, Maori tattoos or Islamic tiling.
- Relaxation and focus
Moreover, the Zentangle Method can be enjoyed by many ages simultaneously in a group setting. This can be particularly useful in educational settings where different age groups regularly interact, such as Montessori and home school environments.
With its metaphor-rich philosophical base, the Zentangle Method can improve self-esteem and support individual confidence, creativity and cooperation in team efforts. Zentangle exercises can focus on areas such as:
- Individual self-worth
- Problem solving
- Individual’s role within a team
- Intentionally directing focus under stress
- Accessing inner knowledge and guidance
Many people who have artistic talent put aside their aspirations due to time and money constraints. The Zentangle approach answers both of these concerns by being accessible and inexpensive.
For people who are convinced they can’t draw, the Zentangle Method removes that barrier as well. It also removes any intimidation of facing a blank sheet of paper and a novice’s work can be put next to a “pro’s” work and fit right in.
Many artists use the Zentangle Method to develop and discover patterns and designs to apply to their regular medium, such as quilting or jewelry. Creating a Zentangle tile can also provide cross-training idea inspiration even when applied to quite different fields such as writing or mathematics.
Within its “elegance of limits” the Zentangle pattern vocabulary draws from a rich well of our human experience. It provides a simple, accessible method to allow personal creativity to flow.
Your Zentangle tile is a dream that doesn’t fade. You may create something on your Zentangle tile that is not immediately obvious. Later, upon reflection, its meaning may appear with great clarity.
Make an album of your tiles. It is very uplifting to review a collection of Zentangle tiles you have created. This can often yield valuable personal insights.
Frame your favorite tiles in our custom frames, either singly or in groups. Great for your own enjoyment or as a gift.
Give a Zentangle tile instead of greeting cards. What better way to express feelings that are beyond words, than by giving away one of your Zentangle creations? (If you can possibly manage to part with yours.)
The Zentangle process has a rich symbolism and deep philosophy. Creating Zentangle art in a group provides an excellent discussion base for study groups and group facilitators.
Whether self-directed or in a clinical setting, Zentangle art provides a non-verbal modality for feedback, journalling, reflection and analysis, personal growth and increased confidence. Some applications include:
- Addiction therapy
- Attention deficit
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Equivalent of a self-created Rorschach test
- Stroke recovery
- Symbolic journalling