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How to Create a Great Zendoodle or Zentangle Pattern

Learn about Zendoodles and Zentangles.

Learn about Zendoodles and Zentangles.

What Are Zendoodles and Zentangles?

Zendoodling is the art of drawing designs using structured patterns or 'Zentangles’.

When you draw a Zendoodle, you’re creating a work of art, but you’re also deliberately creating a mood, focus, and state of mind.

Concentrate on drawing small blocks of patterns at a time; going with the flow lets your mind get into a calming zen state. This allows you to follow through on impulsive thoughts, so your doodle won’t be restricted by expectations, giving you an unexpected final design and a glimpse into your subconscious!

Example Zendoodles.

Example Zendoodles.

Benefits of Zendoodling

  • Is Intuitive
  • Is Fun
  • Relaxes
  • Leads to inspiration
  • Teaches patience
  • Inspires creativity

How to Create a Zendoodle: Step-by-Step With Pictures

You don’t have to be Michaelangelo to create a great Zendoodle. Because they’re based around following a series of steps focused on a set of patterns, it’s easy for beginners to get started.

Zendoodles aren’t doodles in the same sense as the star or squiggly stick man you drew while you were on the phone; they’re intricate designs built up by completing small areas of patterns at a time.

Once you get the hang of it and have a few basic Zentangles under your belt, let your mind wander and be as creative as possible! Invent your own patterns and see what your imagination comes up with.

Try not to have a preconceived idea of what it should look like; let your imagination move your hand, settle into a meditative state of mind, and you’ll be surprised with what you can do when you’re not focusing on the big picture.

Watch a Zentangle Created From Start to Finish

What You’ll Need

  • Pencil
  • Felt tip pen
  • Paper
  • A few basic patterns to reference

Step 1

Outline the shape of your Zentangle.

Outline the shape of your Zentangle.

Draw a square border outlining the shape of your Zentangle, usually about three inches wide.

Step 2

Next divide your shape into several sections.

Next divide your shape into several sections.

Use a pen or pencil to draw strings. Strings are the lines that divide the shape into individual sections.

Step 3

Fill in each section with a pattern.

Fill in each section with a pattern.

Choose a section to start with and fill it with a repetitive pattern. Don’t spend time planning a pattern, just draw.

Step 4

A Zentangle with every section filled.

A Zentangle with every section filled.

Repeat step three for each section. Change the patterns and get creative!

Step 5

Color or shade if you choose.

Color or shade if you choose.

Add color or shade the areas you’d like to define.

Tips

· Don’t resort to an eraser. There are no mistakes in Zendoodling. Something that you thought was a mistake, might be the foundation for a new pattern or take your doodle in an exciting new direction.

· Remember that with Zentangle art, you can’t fail. There is no right and wrong, because there is no pre-determined solution to what you’re creating.

· Check out Zentangle Patterns.com for inspiration

Once you’re a Zendoodle master, move onto more elaborate patterns and designs. Challenge yourself to get as intricate and detailed as possible, play with different pen thickness, shading styles and color combinations.

There are no limits to your imagination!

Comments

Asher Tarof on September 13, 2020:

Thank you for the Facts

Manikarnika on August 18, 2020:

Just few days before started to draw Zentangle. Your information is very useful.

Sumiti chadha on June 27, 2020:

Great thing to do

deepanjali on June 05, 2020:

hi i am from america it helped me from getting bored in this lockdown

John on June 04, 2020:

great

Ashlee on June 01, 2020:

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this was great thanks

josh on December 17, 2019:

thanks to this i made a cool tribute to the michel fartties

v v raghava rao on January 01, 2018:

ZENTANGLES ARE FOUND IN TRIBAL AREAS AND VILLAGES OF INDIA AS DECORATIVE PAINTINGS ON HUTS AND HOUSES

Susan Ledet on May 29, 2017:

I have been doing this for years and didn't know it had a name! I'm know for my meeting doodling at work...what they don't know is it makes me listen better!

vasantha murthy on January 19, 2017:

have been doing this and getting senior citizens do this for stress relief. found this very useful

Sarah on August 04, 2016:

thank you so much for this tutorial - I was able to put it together as a print out for my daughter for an upcoming road trip :)

Georgina Saad on July 10, 2016:

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juli on March 10, 2016:

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vasantha murthy on December 07, 2014:

like this work, Have been doing this.... page is very informative.