Last Saturday I attended my dear friend and fellow sketcher Mabel Yap’s Zentangle 101 class.
“Zentangle”, a trademarked hybrid word combining “Zen”, and “tangle” (and perhaps “entangle”) created by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, is, unlike random doodling or sketching, a focussed and mindful meditative way of drawing lines and forming patterns, and creating unique and abstract designs within a 3.5″ x 3.5″ piece of paper.
Mabel at the start of the workshop
My quick notes during the Zentangle 101 workshop, along with my very first Zentangle!
Show-and-tell with all the other Zentangles from the other workshop participants.
More of my Zentangle workshop notes
My 2nd Zentangle
All three of my Zentangles done during Mabel’s workshop
It was a nice lovely way to spend the afternoon, and I enjoyed the process of creating these intricate patterns and can definitely see the benefits of doing them whenever I feel the need to release some stress or enjoy a moment of quiet, inward, “getaway”. It is easy to learn and appreciate, and a great way to introduce art and meditation to those who might need either or both in their busy lives.
And as the Zentangle motto goes:
“Anything is possible… one stroke at a time”!