Why I love Zentangle
Easy to learn
The first thing I told my Zentangle teacher when I was starting out that I was not really into drawing or any form of similar art. This would be my first attempt. The only drawing I had done was in my school days and then later diagrams in my science journals in college. I was worried that she would expect me to do some complicated patterns which I would not be able to. But I was needlessly worried. She quelled my fears saying that if you can write, you can tangle. Initially I thought she was just saying this to ease my worries, but when I delved into it, I understood what she meant.
Very little material required
Zentangle is ideally done on 3.5″x 3.5″ Zentangle tiles (cards). So all you need basically at any given point in time to tangle is tiles, a pencil and a couple of pens. This can be easily carried around in your handbag and you can start tangling anywhere you want to.
Sense of accomplishment
Like I have mentioned before, I am not really good at drawing. However, the feeling that I get when I complete a tile is simply amazing. I feel proud and good at being able to create such a beautiful piece of art.
Stress busting effect and anxiety relief
Whenever I find myself worrying excessively or being too anxious about something, I just pick up my Zentangle kit and start tangling. Tangling is a process where I need to really concentrate or else I end up messing the piece. It really shows when I am thinking about something else or agitated. The strokes look shaky or uneven or the pattern goes wrong. Also, since the drawing is with a pen, its difficult to correct the mistakes and many a times I have to discard the tile. So I am forced to pay attention to what I am drawing and not think about anything else. Eventually, when I am done, I am a lot more relaxed and calmer.
Make great personalized gifts
One can easily make beautiful personalized gifts for friends, family and loved ones using Zentangle. Flower vases, pen stands, mugs, cushion covers, phone covers, key chains, stones, etc to name a few can be beautified using Zentangle. One can also make beautiful cards, decorate photo frames, etc with it. The list is endless.
I find drawing the repetitive, structured patterns with great concentration highly meditative. Like I mentioned in one of the points above, I have no choice but to concentrate. Else I would mess up the whole piece and eventually end up discarding the tile if I don’t. It forces me to not think about the past or future and just be in the present, concentrating on my tile. If you’re anything like me and find it difficult to sit and meditate, try Zentangle. It’s much easier.
Great way to spend time away from gadgets
Addicted to your phone? Can’t put your iPad away? Or you’re spending too much time on your laptop? Zentangle is a great way to overcome gadget addiction and reduce the unnecessary time I spend using these gadgets.
Well, these are the reasons why I absolutely love Zentangle. Do let me know your thoughts and views in the comments below 🙂