Zentangles – a transformation of the self

I was trained as an artist and have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. I am an avid doodler. I draw on everything: notes, shoes, walls, etc. I had gotten away from my drawing as I focused on my fiber art. Not a bad thing as I was learning and enjoying what I was doing.

I tend to over commit and become stressed from it. I am not the most organized person and I fly from task to task at a supersonic speed, frequently flying in two directions at once. Is it any wonder that I am frazzled?

My daughter got a book from her aunt before our trip to Seattle last year. She encouraged me to give it a try as she thought I was happiest when I was in the zone of drawing.

I was hooked. I have almost filled a drawing journal with patterns and Zentangle inspired art. I keep tiles and pens in a case with me at all times. I have incorporated the natural world in my tangles. And the benefit isn’t the drawings I have. The benefit has been what it has done for my mind.

Doing a tangle means you are in the moment, concentrating on the making of marks on the paper. Repetition in the form of patterns is meditative and opens your mind. I have become more organized. More centered. And my creativity has gone through the roof.

Right now I am facing surgery. It is pretty major, at least to me. I am sick all the time from my fibroids and I am looking forward to getting rid of them next week. That does not mean I am not scared. But I am working through my feelings using art, specifically Zentangles, to help me work through my fear and anger at my uterus which is the cause of my pain.

If you are interested in tangling, there are a lot of great books out there. You don’t need to know how to draw. I am here to say it really does help with focus and creativity. Go to Zentangle.com for the source.

In the meantime, I will be tangling.

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