Thursday, August 27, 2009

Playing with Inspiration - Zentangle

Morning pages - Zentangle by Lani

This prompt comes from the current Wreck This Journal Round Robin over at 14 Secrets. It was in susanna suchak's journal. The prompt was to go to, read about it and create something based on it. Well, that was SO much fun, I thought I'd share it here. Part of the fun was the research. There's a lot of Zentangle material out there, even videos on youtube about it. Very interesting! Of course I wanted to know the rationale for creating all these bitty lines on a 3.5" by 3.5" piece of water color paper, since it looked like it might feel a little ... er... obsessive and the kit is a wee bit ... er... expensive. So I found this fascinating blog about rational, cost, and even easy to follow direction.

Zentangle themselves say this:
One day, Maria told Rick (it's their "invention" what she experienced as she drew background patterns on a manuscript she was creating. She described her feelings of timelessness, freedom and well-being and complete focus on what she was doing with no thought or worry about anything else.

"You're describing meditation," Rick said.

Rick and Maria wondered if they could create a simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. And so began the journey towards discovering this simple and elegant system called Zentangle.

Benefits and Uses of Zentangle

It is fascinating to learn how other people are using Zentangle. Here's a list of ways others are enjoying Zentangle's benefits. This list continues to grow as people apply Zentangle in ways we never considered.

* Relaxation
* Journalling
* Insomnia (Improved sleep by creating a Zentangle before bedtime)
* Self-esteem
* Inspiration
* Panic attacks (For fear of flying, creating a Zentangle during takeoff and landing)
* Modify behavior
* Create beautiful works of art
* Nurture and develop creative abilities
* Relieve stress
* Improve eye/hand coordination
* Develop/rehabilitate fine motor skills
* Team building and group focus
* Therapy
* Anger management
* Addiction therapy tool
* Early artist development and appreciation
* Increase attention span and ability to concentrate
* Home schooling
* Design inspiration
* Stretching and warm-up for artists
* Stress reduction

This all sounded pretty amazing so I thought I'd give it a try. And yes, you do get into that timeless zone of no worries, a lot like you do with contour drawing. At some point my mind did want to run in the opposite direction and that's when I changed patterns rather than putting it down. 3.5" by 3.5" is not a lot of space, just about 15 to 20 minutes worth.
So play with this inspiration and blog about it, then leave us your link!

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