This book, Joy of Zentangle arrived at my home yesterday.
The work shown, was originally published as a project in this book in 2010
In Joy of Zentangle, the history and philosophies behind Zentangle and it creators is fully described.....In fact, it even goes so far as to tell you the difference between Zentangle and a mere Doodle.....so, having read this, I can tell you for certain, that I just doodle.... I do not Zentangle. I show what it is that I do, here
Apparently...."Doodling is mindless, and the end result is not always a piece of art. The Zentangle method is mindful and the end result is always a piece of art." this is a direct quote from the book, btw.
I won't go into all of the descriptions of how Zentagle was born, or how using it can "change your life" (another direct quote.) I will say that, while I did learn some things about Zentangle, I am also left a bit confused. There are "official" tangle patterns......uh....really???? patterns that have been used for centuries.....look at them and tell me you have not seen these in antique quilts, medieval tapestries...yadda yadda....ya-duh!
The book does walk you through the steps to drawing 101 tangle patterns, has very nice instructions on how and where to add shading, as well as tricks to getting wonderful depth and dimension.
So....if you want to Zentangle.....find some Zentagle books or take a class....be sure your teacher is CERTIFIED!!!! apparently you must go to Providence, Rhode Island, take a 4 day seminar from it's creators to become a CTZ (Certified Zentangle Teacher)....whew....I am getting thirsty.....pass the kool aid.
Even though my work is often referred to as, or compared to
Zentangles.....I have always maintained that what I do is nothing more
than doodling......oh... and I have an eraser and I know how to use it :-)