Using the Zentangle Method to create original abstract art is easy and portable. Although all you need is a surface to draw tangles on, a pen, pencil and your finger to smudge the pencil shading, I recommend using the best materials that you can afford. This instills a sense of greater value in your work. You will slow down and take your time and concentrate on each stroke you intentionally make. As you experience the process and flow, you may find your day to day concerns and stress slip away. I do.
Rick and Maria, the founders of Zentangle have done all the work in selecting the right pens and paper tiles to use after testing many materials. The official 3-1/2″ square Zentangle tiles are made of 100%cotton fine Fabriano Tiepolo Printmaking paper. The Sakura Pigma Micron pens boast fade resistant archival ink that flows without skipping, feathering or bleeding with the lightest of touch.
When I switched to exclusively using these materials, I noticed a huge difference in the way the paper hugged the pen tip, it felt velvety. I could actually feel the quality difference. I found when I used quality materials, that I actually cared more about my art. I imagine you too will be able to feel the difference if you are using other paper to start your tangling on. I will be selling Zentangle tiles, Sakura Micron pens and tortillions in my Store in the future. Please support my small business by buying your supplies through me. I will make a small profit. I thank you.