20 New Zentangle Artists Create Art Today!
Got 2.5 hours to become an abstract artist?
Today, 20 new Zentangle Artists create art in Portland, Oregon. Some of the students enter the classroom excited, others are a bit apprehensive. No one quite knows what to expect from the Zentangle Basics Class, taught by me, Pegi Schargel, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).
“Did you think before class that you could create such beautiful abstract art?”
By the end of the class students are oohing and aahing over each others work when their Zentangle Tiles are placed together in an ensemble. I ask, “Did you think before class that you could create such beautiful abstract art?” Their answer was a resounding No! Students began commenting on the unique ways others drew their ‘tangles’ even though each student receives the same instruction. Before long, students were asking “Whose tile is this? I love the way you drew Hollibaugh with all the curved lines”, and look what you did with Crescent Moon! That’s wonderful!” The complements flew! The unique tile each person creates is just one of the wonderful things about Zentangle Art. I think the best aspect about drawing using the Zentangle Method, is that no one fails to create Zentangle Art.
The Zentangle Tile above was created today by a first time Zentangle Method student!
“That’s just Doodling, I’ve been doing that since I was a kid!”
I heard two or three students say that the Zentangle Method is ‘just doodling’. Although at first that may seem to be the case, it is not. Zentangle Art is teachable and patterns have names. I can refer to a pattern or method of enhancement and other tangler’s know what I am talking about, or can look it up in an online or in a book. After class I asked one person if they still thought Zentangle was doodling, she agreed that her doodling and the Zentangle Method are indeed different. Besides, most doodlers do not shade their work using graphite pencils.
By the end of the class, some students shook my hand, others expressed deep appreciation, quite a few said they would be taking my Beyond Basics class, and nearly everyone said thank-you. Everyone seemed quite excited to begin their Zentangle Journey. Zentangle Artists create unique art and that is very satisfying.
Do you yearn to create your own art?
We want to create, for many of us, the desire to create just gets put on hold or lost while getting caught up in day to day life. Nearly every child starts out early in life wanting to draw, paint, color or otherwise do some form of art. I think artistic expression is a deep-rooted need. At first it may look like just scribbling, but regardless, the child is creating. Do you yearn to create your own art but just don’t have the time to start? Zentangle Art solves that! The standard paper ’tiles’ used are only 3-1/2″ square, so it doesn’t take long. There are even 2″ square “Bijou” tiles that take less time to complete. I have made Zentangle a practice that I do nearly daily. I find it incredibly relaxing and satisfying. Some describe doing this form of art as being meditative art. I can see why with the repetition of patterns, the conscious relaxing of your body and the mental state of well being that is attained while tangling carries me through the entire day. I find myself in a great mood too after tangling!
So, what is Zentangle?
Zentangle art is sweeping the world by storm! The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns while focusing on each stroke as it is being drawn. Almost anyone can use the Zentangle Method to create beautiful abstract images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. There are about 2000 CZT’s world wide. Look around my website for classes. No one left class bummed out – that’s for sure! 😉