Zentangle is a type of meditation achieved through pattern-making. Each pattern is drawn one at a time, eventually combining simple patterns into complex zentangles in unplanned and unexpected ways. Your immersion in the “flow” guides the art and the meditation.
This meditative art form got its start by two artists, Marie Roberts and Rick Roberts. “One day, Maria told Rick what she experienced as she drew background patterns on a manuscript she was creating. She described her feelings of timelessness, freedom and well-being and complete focus on what she was doing with no thought or worry about anything else.” “‘You’re describing meditation,” Rick said.’
Learn more at their site, Zentangle.
I first heard about Zentangle from Stephanie Smith of Rhodia Drive, who introduced me to Sandra Strait, a Zentangle artist. Her blog is Life Imitates Doodles, is full of Zentangle news, notes and art.
I have found most of Sandra’s zentangles to be powerful meditative works. After a few moments of studying the patterns, I find myself stepping into a current and flowing along to wherever it takes me.