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Feeling stressed? Try Zentangle art!

zentangle art

April 21, 2020

As we are staying Safer At Home and “flattening the curve,” some of us may be feeling stressed or anxious. Some may be feeling depressed or frustrated, or perhaps even frightened. In times like this, one needs to find a way to relieve some of these negative feelings. I'd like to share with you one of my favorite creative and meditative hobbies. It's called Zentangle art. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn and relaxing method of drawing using structured patterns called “tangles.” Plus, the only supplies you need is pencil and paper!

There are formal ways to tangle, but I prefer the informal method of just drawing. I start Zentangle-ing by picking a tangle or pattern, then start drawing. As I draw a pattern repeatedly, I begin to relax and feel a sense of calm. Typically, tanglers draw on 3.5-inch square paper tile to create their work of art. However, you can use whatever you have on hand and are limited only by your imagination! Below are a couple of examples of Zentangles I've done.


zentangle art done by Robin WesenickThis first drawing is one tangle repeated over the entire page.

zentangle art done by Robin WesenickThis second design is a variety of tangles combined together to create a unique work of art.

You can find more examples of tangles on the internet or in books. Here are a couple of books available through MCPL and Wisconsin's Digital Library to get you started:



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