In The Studio |The Zentangle Method

12 Feb 2021

BLINK, blink, BLINK…. that’s my mouse curser at this moment while I gather my thoughts for this week’s blog post. Yup it’s time to Zen again! So far February has been a busy month where Zentangle® is concerned. If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Instagram you’ve seen what I’ve been up to.

I’ve been working on a new series that I call #nomistakes which is a personal challenge to use up old Zentangle® tiles. You see, in this artform there are no erasers, and we use permanent ink to draw! That means if  you make what some people would call a mistake, which we call an opportunity, you have two options…. continue to work on the tile until it’s finished. Or what I have often done, start a new one. It’s pretty common for folks who are just learning the Zentangle Method® to feel that their work has to be perfect. I know I did back in the day! As a result, I ended up with a huge stack of unfinished tiles. Here is an example and you can click here to see the process of creating this one and others from start to finish.

Picture of two 3.5" Zentangle tiles - #nomistakes Personal challenge before and after using Sez & Tipple
Picture of two 3.5″ Zentangle tiles – #nomistakes Personal challenge before and after using Sez & Tipple

Last weekend I hosted an online class teaching the Zentangle Method® to some of my various friends. We had a fun time getting to know each other as well as learning the basics of Zentangle® which includes the eight steps of creating a Zentangle® tile and the four basic beginner tangles. The eight steps are:

  1. Gratitude and Appreciation                      
  2. Draw the corner dots
  3. Draw the border
  4. Draw the string
  5. Draw the tangle
  6. Shading
  7. Sign and Date
  8. Appreciation.

The four beginner tangles are: Hollibaugh, Crescent Moon, Printemps, and Florz. In the Zentangle® world these are thought of as “colors.” They are created by using a pattern of lines or orbs in a way that can be repeated to create a work of art. Below are the four basic types of lines.

The four basic strokes in the Zentangle Method®
The four basic strokes in the Zentangle Method®


We also spent some time learning about the different tools and paper tiles used for Zentangle®.

One of my favorite types of tiles to teach beginners about, after they’ve learned the basic steps and tangles, is a pre-strung (a line) tile. This type of tile is made by Zentangle® Inc., in a way that you can place all the tiles from the set together and the strings will meet up on the edges. It shows my students how even though each of their tiles are a unique work of art, their art can fit into and create a bigger picture work of art. Just like each of us fits into the bigger picture of life. Here is an example of my work showing a before and after pre-strung tile.

Before and after on a Pre-Strung 3Z Zentangle® Tile
Before and after on a Pre-Strung 3Z Zentangle® Tile

Their homework is a class project of creating the four basic tangles on what are called 3Z tiles which I will post next month when all are “hopefully” completed.

I’ve also been gearing up to teach a class on black tiles and have started working on my lesson plan for that as well as using up some of my “challenge” tiles to make Valentine’s for some special people in my life.

Last but not least I will be learning how to make Zen Gems® with another CZT (Certified Zentangle® Teacher) this weekend! I’ll post those results in my next Zentangle Method® Blog.

I hope you have a great week and I invite you to join me on this wonderful journey of life and creativity! You can follow me on social networks and starting in March you’ll be able to book classes with me on Facebook. View my Zentangle® Portfolio HERE

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