Saturday, September 17, 2011

Zentangling Fun

random bright colors

it’s been a bit of a struggle for me to embrace the word “artist” and apply it to myself.  and although i’m getting better about that, drawing is still not really my thing.  sure, i’ve always done a bit of idle doodling…. but not legitimate drawing (hence, the reluctance to claim the a-word).  and besides not being very good at it, it’s not really what i aspire to.

the one i did in class

 but i was intrigued with zentangle and eagerly signed up for a class with cecie mccaffery recently at gallery 204.  wow – now here is a cool art form for me!  you don’t need to know how to draw.   you just start with some basic little patterns and before you know it you’ve created a really amazing design!  very fun and quite possibly addictive.


most zentangles are created in black and white although it’s not a hard and fast rule.  here is the original.  i just thought it might be fun to color them in photoshop (maybe a whole separate addiction – how many ways can you change the look??)

light colors

the other cool thing about zentangle is that it’s a practice.  it’s used for all kinds of therapeutic purposes besides being just plain fun.  it can be included within other art pieces but also stands well alone.  if you haven’t tried it, you should!!

doodled this one in the car while driving to oregon


  1. I love these Patty. I think it is addictive. I have done only a few, and invested in a book and the proper pens to occupy myself while I'm healing from surgery. Great therapy .. takes our little minds away from it all, which is just what we need sometimes. Glad you found it. I'm sure the class was fun. I'd like to take one. xxDonna

  2. I adore tangling! Love it! I just wish I hadn't lent my book out!
    You are very clever to do it in a car!

  3. I agree with the comment above its great for our health and healing,, doodling, tangles ,, and yours is beautiful,, i love your header!!!

  4. I like your the new "look" on your blog, the photo on the top is great!

  5. This is so very clever and cool. I'm going to have to check this out. And - you are definitely an artist!!!

  6. Marvelous zentangle designs, Patty. I think the the first B/W is my favorite. I do have an artist friend who combines some zentangle in her art pieces. They are beautiful so you'll have to give it a try.


  7. Dear Patty-loving your new blog header!! it really popped out at me! Love your Zentangling...I have heard about it it a few times. Love the graphic quality and the stress reduction benefits. Chat soon? When you get back. -xxx


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