Zentangle® – Getting Started

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I get asked a lot about Zentangle®. I was first introduced to it about a year ago. You can read more about it here.  I am by no means a Zentangle® teacher, just an enthusiast and that too I am just starting out. So I am mainly sharing pointers, resources and guidelines that can help you too get started.

What is Zentangle®
The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. “Zentangle” is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

What it is not
Contrary to the popular but wrong term used for it, it is not doodling. Doodling is an unmindful process. On the other hand, drawing a Zentangle® is more of a mindful drawing process.

Getting started
There are loads of resources on the internet and great books that can help you get started. However, I would highly recommend you learn at least the basics from a Certified Zentangle Teacher Nothing beats the experience of learning directly from a teacher. However, If there is no teacher in your area, you can even consider getting a session on Skype. There are some teachers who offer lessons on Skype. Also, when you learn directly from a teacher, you get a starter kit which will have the basic material you would need to get started. The image shown above in this post is the starter kit that I had received. It has two original tiles, two locally made ones, a pencil, a shading stub and Sakura Pigma Micron 01 pen

Resources
Your first point of reference for starting out should be the official Zentangle site zentangle.com . Next comes an amazing website by Linda Farmer called TanglePatterns which is a storehouse of learning and reference for all Zentangle enthusiasts. Right from the numerous patterns (as the name suggests), terminologies, Zentangle book reviews, to name a few – it has it all! Another good book that can help you get started is One Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula which I have reviewed in the past. After I completed my beginner session, this was the book I used for further learning. Do check it out.

Have you considered trying your hand at Zentangle® yet?

2 comments

    • Shri says:

      You’re right Maxine, not all patterns are considered as Zentangle patterns. However, since you already love drawing those patterns, you should definitely consider exploring Zentangle 🙂

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