Calming Doodling

Calming Doodling

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The name zentangle is relatively new but the concept has been used for many, many years. Even the Mayans used this type of drawing. So did the Celts and the Native People. In 2003 Rick and Maria started the zentangle method.

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Zen-circles (personal info smudged out)

Did you ever use the Spirograph? draw with a compass? colour in doodle art posters? and much more If you did, you were basically using some zentangle patterns without even knowing it

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The zen-circles started by tracing the inside of a duct tape roll all over the paper and then filling in each area with a zentangle, (personal info smudged out)

An internet search will provide you with so many ideas you might just be overwhelmed and that defeats the purpose of getting calm. At the beginning of the Creative Crafting sessions I searched all sorts of things but after awhile I decided I could just create my own designs and ideas.

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I like the idea of starting with a simple shape, dividing it into sections and going from there. I took an idea and made it my own. I used to use that phrase a lot in teaching by showing examples and then telling the students to make it their own. If you aren’t a creative person there are many patterns and outlines that you can download and start with.

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This image started with a simple pattern (corner), Can you see the starting point in the picture? Then curved lines were added in several places. Zentangle patterns were used to fill in the spaces. (personal info smudged out)

It takes adult colouring to a new level. Instead of just filling in with one colour, or shading in areas, you can now add all sorts of squiggles, lines, circles, zig zags and more to make your colouring interesting.

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a zen-web (personal info smudged out)

This one started as a simple intersection of lines and formed into a web. Each section of the web was filled in with zentangle patterns.

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The next doodling added some colour. Naturally I chose green as it is my favourite colour. Did you know you enter a maze to get lost but you enter a labyrinth to find yourself?

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a zentangle labyrinth (personal info smudged out) Could this be called a zen-rinth?

I have even created zen-doodles on rocks. It was the perfect way to test out some ultra fine markers. The possibilities are endless.

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zen-rocks

It is simple, repetitive, calming, soothing, and eliminates stress.

I used ultra fine markers to add some colour to a doodle bird and a doodle flower. You are only limited by your own imagination.

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a zen-doodle bird (personal info smudged out)

Crafty’s interpretation of zentangle

  • zen = calm or serene
  • doodle = random patterns and swirls
  • tangle = patterns of lines within a space
  • zendoodle = calm drawing of patterns and swirls
  • zentangle = calm drawing of repeating patterns
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a zen-doodle flower – almost finished
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More of my doodles, zentangles, zendoodles

Zen-doodles

Zen-doodles

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I was recently introduced to the term zentangles at the Friday Creative Crafting sessions. I have always been a doodler, especially while on hold on the phone and when young I used to use a pencil and compass to make designs, so guess I’ve always been a sort of zentangle artist, just never knew the term.

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zendoodle rocks

Zentangles is a way to create designs by using patterns over and over. A basic zentangle is a tile and repeating the tiles, like a mosaic creates a zentangle picture. Doodles are a bit more spontaneous where zentangles are repetitive.

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Easter egg zendoodles

I’ve been combining doodles and zentangles so guess they could be called zen-doodles. Lots of patience and focus are needed to create one.

Zentangles are originally done on paper/card/sketch pad with a fine tip pen or marker, but I’ve taken it a bit further and created some zen-doodling on rocks.

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a zendoodle bird

As with all my rock projects I start with a simple sketch. I used to have bits of paper all over the place but one of my winter projects was to put all the sketches into a note book. I’ve also added some zentangle patterns as well. It is so much easier to just flip through the book instead of searching for bits of paper.

I love birds. Have you seen Flossie Bird? or the little felt birds.

Sometimes the finished item looks nothing like the sketch, but it was used as a starting point. Frequently the pens/markers determine the size of the shape and the doodle.

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a zendoodle pattern

The quilt style rock pattern started out as oval, but when I chose the rock to use, it was a round one, so I just adjusted the pattern by tracing around the outside of the rock onto the pattern, and then added the grid lines to the rock before adding all the detail.

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a quilt style zendoodle rock

More of my doodles, zentangles, zendoodles

The majority of the rocks I zendoodled had a white background but I did try a couple of the more simple patterns with a black background. The choice is up to you and you are only limited by your own imagination.

Steps in rock painting:

  • clean the rocks
  • paint each side of the rock, let dry thoroughly before turning over
  • add your details, let dry
  • add a Mod Podge layer, let dry before doing the other side
  • you can add a second Mod Podge layer if you wish, let dry
  • spray with a fixative, let dry before turning over
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a zendoodle rock

A search of zentangle or zendoodle will give you lots of ideas and more information. I did find the idea /pattern for bird in a search and changed it up a bit to suit me. Borrow an idea and make it your own!

Other rock projects:

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