Zentangles

ZEN - n. A school of Mahayana Buddhism that asserts that enlightenment can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation, and intuition.

We are not here for a study of religion, but the definition above is a partial explanation of the term “zen.” For the purposes of this study, we want to concentrate on the meditation and self-contemplation that the word suggests! The purpose of zentangle art is to “relax and improve your focus and dexterity, and to create beautiful art.”
Deliberate Stroke In Zentangle, you draw each stroke consciously and deliberately. We are always making "strokes" (thoughts, words, deeds) in our life. By taking Zentangle's inspiration to make each stroke deliberate, you understand how those apparently small and insignificant "strokes" of our moment to moment lives contribute to your life's pattern. Deliberate Focus Just as you make a deliberate pen stroke on your Zentangle, that very act of putting your pen to paper focuses your attention in a way similar to meditation or being "in the zone." As your eye follows your pen strokes your attention shifts to a state that allows fresh thoughts, new perspectives, and creative insights to flow unhindered by anxiety or effort. No Eraser There is no eraser in life and there is no eraser in Zentangle. However, in Zentangle (and in life), you discover that even if you make what seems to be a mistake, you can then build on that event as a new pattern and go in unexpected and exciting new directions. Unknown Outcomes Unlike most art, or most activities, you start out intentionally not knowing what your Zentangle will look like. Zentangle takes brainstorming to a new level with its metaphor of "not knowing" and by not planning ahead for an intended outcome. This method supports and inspires participants to build and expand on each new idea unhindered and unconstrained by limiting preconceptions. Fractal Zentangle mimics this universe's fractal nature. Each stroke creates a tangle (our word for a pattern). Tangles are nested within a string (our word for a line which creates areas within which tangles are drawn). Tiles (our word for our paper on which you draw a Zentangle) can be grouped in mosaics of still larger patterns. Quantum With no correct answer, Zentangle offers both a freedom and a challenge. Unlike crossword, jigsaw, or Sudoku puzzles, there is no right answer. You cannot fail to create a Zentangle. At first this freedom can be a bit unnerving. Soon it becomes a freeing and uplifting experience as you realize you can create never-ending, ever-changing "solutions." Abstract

Now. so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand.You always succeed when you do a Zentangle because you always create a pattern. or a duck. A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something. let’s create our own! Notes on drawing zentangles: . You always succeed in creating a Zentangle.

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