ZenTangles

Above is a link to many fantabulous ZenTangle ideas and projects.

What is ZenTangles? In a word, a doodle. A structured, contained doodle with lots of lines, shapes, and patterns that repeat to create a complex design.

from  tanglepatterns.com:

Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created in a very structured method from an ensemble of repetitive patterns on a 3.5-inch (89 mm) square paper tile. They are not only exquisitely beautiful, they are fun and relaxing to create.

The process of creating a Zentangle® is a form of “artistic meditation” as one becomes completely engrossed in making each pattern, deliberately focusing on “one stroke at a time”®. The creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless. And anyone can do it!

The Zentangle method “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.”

The best way to demonstrate HOW to draw a ZenTangle is to direct you to the Zentangle website (www.zentangle.com)  The patterns are easy to do, I have had kindergarteners pick up the easier ones.

For my ZenTangle Club

Each day begins with learning several different patterns from the tanglepatterns website. ( http://tanglepatterns.com/zentangles)  Each student will have scratch paper to go step by step through the pattern as well as practice it before adding it to a handmade book of patterns that they will be able to keep at the end of the club week.  After learning the patterns, students will create a small ZenTangle using the new patterns. Afterwards, they may work on a larger piece or one of the projects available.(see Pinterest board link at top for ideas)

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