Monday, July 16, 2012

Fun with Zentangle and Doodles

I have been intrigued with Zentangle for quite some time now.  I have read every book there is on the technique and have so enjoyed the process of it all. Zentangle is a form of intuitive and meditative drawing, repeating of shapes into a design.  It is a great release, it is relaxing and a great way to stretch the imagination.  None of my designs carry a theme, I just find myself in a zen zone and draw for hours.  I find myself totally into the creative moment and enjoy the relaxation that this art brings me.

I have been "doodling" for quite some time.  In fact, I have quite a passion for this art technique.  I nicknamed my drawings "Donna Doodles" because my co-workers came up with that name for me and it has stuck with me.  I am always doodling on employees birthday card envelopes or notes!  I always like to keep a journal and a Pitt Artist Pen with me in case I find myself with a few minutes to spare.  I find the process so calming and enjoy drawing pages and pages of designs.  There are times I will watercolor my completed pages or use colored pencils to fill in my designs. The possibilities are endless for this escape!  I see it as a way to stretch my creative wings.  I usually do a small meditative drawing while thinking of a poem to write, or contemplating a writing prompt.  I find it helps me along the way.

Zentangle was originally developed by two people, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas many years ago, you can find their website here.  Since then there has become a Zentangle revolution!  There are actually certified Zentangle instructors around the count "Zentangle Untangled" by Kass Hall is a must for every library.  It is a book filled with inspiration, you won't be able to put it down and her website will keep you coming back for more!  You know that I LOVE Alisa Burke and she has an awesome Doodle Delight e-course available, I strongly urge you to check her out if you are even thinking about beginning this adventure.  She has a way of presenting it in such an easy way.  I just decided that it would be fun to share some of my designs with you here . . .

So when I am not in the studio creating a collage or watercolor painting, or writing over at my poetry blog 100poemsjourney, you will usually find me at my local coffee shop doodling away.  I am having so much fun with this.   I encourage you to grab a small sketch journal, buy yourself a great art pen and have a try at it.  You will find it relaxing, rewarding, grounding and so meditative.  Letting your mind go, playing and engaging in this art form is truly captivating! I love it because it is portable, it doesn't require a lot of supplies and you can take it with you where ever you go!  I'd love to hear if you have had any experience with Zentangle drawing you would like to share with me. 

I leave you with my heart as I always do, this time created in a Zentangle!
(This project is not yet completed as you can see)

I wish you joy, love and all things creative
Donna Lee