I got all Zentangle up in here this weekend, and if you’ve never tried it, you should, because it lulls you into this catatonic state and people will have to keep poking you to see if you’re alive, and you’re all, “No thanks, I don’t need any delicious pie. I’ve got my ZENTANGLE.” And then you ignore your family and start humming tunes from Frozen over and over in your head because your thoughts have all but vanished, and life is good.
But seriously, this type of doodling is incredibly relaxing. I’m realizing that making art in a repetitive way while making cool patterns is on par with all the good effects people get from coloring books, but it appeals to people who want to be a little more active in their arting.
How to Tangle
Trace circles all over the paper, overlapping some.
Draw patterns inside the resulting spaces. This tangle drawing took me a few hours to finish, so if you want to start smaller, you can either just make a few overlapping circles in the middle of the page and leave the outside of the page blank, or cut/rip your paper in half and just tangle on half of it. Give the other half to a special friend or your kid.
This would totally make a horrible first date activity, so don’t do that.
Here are some great Zentangle patterns. I made up these with my own brain. Like the polka dots! Yep, that’s all me.
Oh, also, I used a Sharpie marker, but the hardcore Zentanglers use Micron pens, which are awesome if you do any sort of drawing. You’ll be hooked once you use these pens, but I wouldn’t bother with them unless you get really into tangling or line drawing. Sharpie is fine for starting 🙂
More Tangle Resources
If you want to read more about Zentangle and immerse yourself in project ideas, hit up the official Zentangle site. I had no idea it was such a huge ‘thing’, with officially certified teachers and all that. If you click over, they also link to their videos and blog where there are a ton more ideas for Zentangles.
These 2 Zentangle books are fantastic if you find yourself wanting more:
My book, Draw Your Own Damn Coloring Book, offers up the same amazing relaxation benefits as zentangle. You follow each set of easy directions to make your own (damn) coloring pages, that you can then choose to color in or tangle.
I have a free pdf for you to download full of Zentangle patterns. Plus…. browse the Craftwhack store for your favorite Tangle starter page. They’re rad. And here’s a cool way to do some tangling on top of watercolor.
Oh, hey! Cool bullseye Zentangle printable and/or directions to make your own.