What is Zentangle? Yoga for the Brain?
Zentangle has become a lot of things to a lot of different people. For me, at its most basic, Zentangle is something to do while I watch tv. Apparently, according to sources throughout the internet, it’s also a form of mediation. I wouldn’t disagree.
Let me start by saying that I can NOT draw. Seriously. I’m the world’s worst artist and I admit to that openly. I’ve always doodled, as I assume most people do when sitting on the phone or whatnot. Spirals and tornados and trees and suns that look more like something a five year old would produce than the more mature designs of an adult. Let me take that back, that’s an insult to five year olds…
I did my high school co-op with a junior kindergarten class a long, long time ago and as a special treat, the teacher set up project with a plate making company. All of the children had the opportunity to draw a picture on a plate sized piece of paper that would be transferred to an actually plate. Pretty cool huh? And as a helper, I had the chance to make one too. So did the other girl I did co-op with. When the plates came in, my fellow helper and I tore into the box, commenting on each plate. She got a hold of mine and said “This one didn’t put their name on it. No wonder! My dog could draw better than this”. Yeah. My drawing was worse than a typical 5-year old’s. But, don’t cry for me
I had other talents and accepted my lack at artistic ability with self-deprecating
Then I discovered Zentangle. As a highly anxious person, I’m always looking for new ways to relax and de-stress. So I gave it a try, and you know what? It’s as easy as it sounds. There are no mistakes. You can screw up as much as you like and still, it’s art. Below is a picture of my first Zentangle. It took me two nights of tv “watching” (it’s not like a lot of actual watching gets done) to complete this one.
The results: A fun picture to look at, less smoking, less munching during a show, and something to be somewhat proud of. The next day I took a trip to the dollar store, bought a larger pad, a crapload of black pens, some pencils and a good eraser. For under 20$ I now have a hobby that is supposed to relax me, ignite my creativity, provide me with personal insights and increase my own self-worth. Not a bad deal.