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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

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.

Rock painting tips:

  • 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:

a doodle line from craftygardener.ca

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  1. These are so pretty. I have a friend who introduced me to zentangles a few years ago, she made an amazing world map. I love the idea of putting these kind of designs on rocks.

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