Friday, November 2, 2012

Zentangle or Doodle

This book, Joy of Zentangle arrived at my home yesterday.

I was made aware about a month ago that I was listed as a "contributor" (ah, don't get excited....it is just a photo of pieces created using this doodle) no instructions....just a photo and my name.

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   :-)


23 comments:

Peggy said...

Thanks for the chuckle on the Kool-Aid remark! I love your work!

Terry Grant said...

Ha! I too have been accused of Zentangling, but that cannot be true because I was never taught, especially by a certified instructor. I sure hope I am not doing something illegal. ;-)

Cheryl M. said...

Love your post, well said, I guess I just doodle too. Have a good doodling day.
Cheryl M.

Petit Design Co. said...

LOL, I love your art, even if it is a mindless doodle. Better watch out for the Zentangle police, they sound worse than the quilt police

theraggededge said...

LOL to the Zentangle police. With several... er... zendoodle pages on Squidoo and Hubpages, you can be sure I have been roundly reprimanded by the ZP several times!

Anne-Marie B. said...

How about sending the Doodle police to them!

Calamity Jain said...

I'm with Anne-Marie. The Doodle Police are watching! :)

Jill, good for you for posting your candid thought on this. Keep it up!

Robbie said...

Whatever your work is called by others, doesn't bother me. I just call it beautiful!

chris said...

Love your wisdom & your ability to be realistic! It's all marketing - guess you couldn't market something if you just called it doodling - 'cause everyone does it at sometime or other. I loved the comment about Zentangle can change your life - get over themselves!!!!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

You are quite the doodling artist!

Kim said...

And not only that your stuff has been around longer and looks better to my eye :0)
I don't like Kool-Aid anyway do you :0)?

Happy Sewing

Createology said...

Your art is truly enchanting and I love it...all of it. Congratulations for being recognized. Now they should show you the money...royalties!!!
You look great in your Free Glasses. I have been reviewing your posts I missed. Blessings...

Diane J. Evans said...

Pish, posh -- you are a Zentangler and no one should say otherwise. Your work is always art, you always seem to know where you're going with your design, and you could teach me ANY day. So, fiddlesticks to the authors -- there's my two cents.

Love your work.

Diane

Clare Wassermann said...

hahaha you are very funny. I think you need a licence to Zentagle! Get thee to a doodlery!!

Trudi said...

Does that mean we need a license to doodle too! Lol. Great post! Keep on doing it your way!

landscapelady said...

Luckily for the universe that you dare to doodle for your work is awesome and I dare to say that you probablly get a feeling of relaxation like meditation while doodling so if that's not zen I don't know what is.

Unknown said...

Whatever you call what you do, it is awesome, get your newsletter and am always amazed at the beauty of your 'art'. Barbara in western NC

Lynn said...

I've often had the same thoughts after I found out and saw what Zentangling was - great put into words!

helen-mary said...

Pfft - HAH you made me laugh. Congrats on being published - you do beautiful work.

Denise :) said...

ROFL!! You *do* do incredible and beautiful work! Although I'll admit that we did have a CZT give a lecture at our guild last year. It was quite fun! :)

Mary Ann said...

I looked into the whole Zentangle thing a few years ago and was very surprised that there were "official" patterns and "certified" teachers. Who knew? It was too structured for my feeble mind to grasp so I do my own thing whatever it may be called:)

Quilter Kathy said...

You are so funny! Are you allowed to doodle without proper certification?!?! LOL

construction_julie said...

Hi, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I'm an avid doodler too, and struggle a little bit with pro- tangler (certified) faction vs anti- tanglers. I just wanna make designs... fun, sad, simple, complex. Glad to have found your site!

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