Have you zentangled yet?

I have been reading that Zentangle starts becoming a bigger trend. A good way to describe it is creative meditation. Actually the word “Zentangle” sounds already like a Mantra to me. Can you imagine Leonhard Cohen whispering that word in your ear? Goosebumps guaranteed.

Yesterday I tried Zentangle out for the first time. The few rules are very easy to adapt and you don’t have to be good a drawing. It is almost just like doodling. Everybody got a very small paper tile, probably 4’’x4’’, and a pen. It made me a little bit nervous that we had 30 minutes to draw on this tiny little piece of paper. Being used to rather large canvas paintings I normally cover an area this size before I am able to finish a sentence. But well…

I am one of those people who have a hard time meditating. My brain just won’t shut up, like an old chatterbox. But when I use my hands to do something creative somehow my mind magically calms down. I have experienced that many times with painting. But even here, while I was planting minuscular little knots on this small paper, my mind stopped wandering around. It really works. And what was most surprising to me: it actually DID take me 30 minutes to be done with my tile. The only negative side effects were a stiff neck and a sore hand – I guess it takes a while getting used to it.

What I really like about Zentangle is how easy and accessible it is. You can do it where ever you are: waiting at the airport, or watching your daughter’s dance class.

Here you see the results of the whole group yesterday. Almost nobody had zentangled before.


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