But what I just learned is that "Zentangle" is a word coined (and copyrighted) by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas when she described to him the mood her art form put her in as "feeling timeless, free, and engendering a sense of deep-well-being." Ahhhhhh. That wonderful feeling of zen?! In other words, it put her in a meditative state. Not a bad state to be in.
The couple has found a way to package and market this style of mark making (gotta admire that) but unless you want the full Monty there is no need to have anything more than a pencil, a pen and a sheet of paper. Remember, the goal is to reach a meditative state of relaxation NOT to produce a marketable, judge worthy, perfect drawing!
Referring to a previous post on doodling, this is doodling with intent, your mind is engaged in a mindless pattern. Get it?
OK, get even simpler: take a letter and let that be your string to start. No one is looking to frame this. Your goal is to fill the box and let your entire consciousness be engaged while your subconsciousness gets to whirl around in never-never land, a free ride that needs to retain nothing. And this is portable therapy, you can use it while waiting on the doctor or killing time at the oil change place.
Try it. If you don't reach a meditative state of well-being, at least you will be conversant the next time you hear the word Zentangle!
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this is by my friend Carmen Beecher, 10 x 8, pen on paper