Tuesday 9th February 2010

by chel

My wonderful, creative friend Melanie has been doing these amazing things called “Zentangles”. I immediately became fascinated with them. They are sort of like a cross between doodles and mandalas. I love the texture of Zentangles, love the contrast of black and white, love the “mindful” nature of these drawings. They are also called “Zendoodles”.

Here’s some Zentangles from various artists (including Melanie):

zentangles on flickr

zentangles on flickr

1. mammogram 090826, 2. zentangle 5, 3. WISDOM,
4. Mandala Collaborative, 5. Untitled, 6. Pamtangle 1_2010 W,
7. feel tangle, 8. Zentangle

While I have not attempted any, I have been gathering links. (And supplies, too. Shamelessly collecting supplies.)
Information on Zentangles:
Basic “How To” Zentangle
The Official Zentangle Site

Zentangle Group on Flickr

Also check out Suzanne McNeil’s blog because she posts Zentangle patterns fairly often. (I know it’s supposed to be free-form, but I like the idea of a resource if I get blocked. )

And here’s a basic video about it with Jule Fei-Fan Balzer:

There’s lots more, and I’ll post it as I find it.

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  1. Tammy says:

    love your work!

  2. melanie says:

    thank you 🙂 I’m waiting for you to post yours!

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I’m Chel (pronounced “shell”, short for “Michele”).

I’m a visual artist, writer, gardener, art historian, long-distance swimmer, crochet-er, movie watcher, animal lover, and avid reader.

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