Many people ask me what all this pattern drawing is called because saying “Just doing some random patterns” really doesn’t define it and sounds horrible in my ears. So what is it called? Most of the time people like to use the word Zentangle which is fine but actually copyrighted (means you can do Zentangles but can’t sell any drawings with the name Zentangle in it). Here a definition from Zentangle.com:
“The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.”
But I want to talk about Zentangle inspired art! Zentangle is a specific style and I like the idea of creating an own style means every should develop outside the Zentangle defined art.
So why should you try it out, create beautiful patterns and what are some nice helps? I hope to give you a little overview and hope you will enjoy it!
Why should I do it?
Everybody can do it! Zentangle inspired art is not based on skills and doesn’t matter what you do there is no right and wrong. That’s the reason why everybody can do pattern and just doodle around! Besides that everybody can afford it. Just buy a little sketch book/note book and a (black) pen! Not much, right?
It’s super relaxing! For me there is nothing more relaxing then just taking the pen and draw and draw and draw. With this repeating movements and the easy going hand movement in general you will forget the time so fast and everything that is around you. There are so many people in this world who don’t have to do anything with art but still do Zentangle to relax all the time – and it works! Some people even say it’s better then massage and in the US it is used as a therapy.
The creativity is infinite! There are sooo many patterns you can use means that your creativity has no limit. You can research on the internet and find some pattern inspiration or you just come up with new ones – experiment!
Sooo much developement! Once you get the idea of it it’s so easy to think outside the box and you will see it won’t take long until you create your own style. How knows, maybe you will even work on bigger pieces like I do and experiment with colors etc.?!
Training for your fine motor skills! Of course you will train your fine motor skills if you do a bunch of patterns. It will take time to finish small patterns but it’s a perfect training for your hand.
Some little help
Small steps! I didn’t start right away with bigger pieces. I got inspired by my hostsister who always did patterns in small rectangle. That is what Zentangle is actually about – drawing patterns in a rectangle. So start small with some doodles – perfect for boredom.
Right material! The material doesn’t matter if you just doodle around but if you feel like doing something bigger or I don’t know maybe a gift then I recommend you to get the right material for it. Means thicker paper and different pens. For example I just can recommend you to get the Sakura of America Pigma Micron pens. I have them in different width and I love them soo much. Anyway they are also other pens that you actually can buy everywhere (even in my little town).
It doesn’t have to be perfect! A sketch is just a sketch – it doesn’t have to be perfect means you can draw over and ignore it. Even on a bigger piece which takes a lot of time is never perfect because there will be always some little mistakes. But art doesn’t have to be perfect and besides you probably nobody will see it. If it’s really bothering you so much you still could correct it with a white pigment ink pen.
Use a compass and ruler! These both things are probably my biggest help when I do patterns because without them it wouldn’t really have structure. Of course it is not bad if you won’t use it – sometimes I don’t either because how I said it is just a sketch. My first pieces where completely without a ruler or compass but today I couldn’t live without them because I would miss the structure and the neatness.
Experiment! Really try to think outside the box and experiment – use colors, shade the patterns through a pencil or the the pattern itself and try out all the things that come in your head.