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Zentangle Art Therapy

Zentangle is a fantastic new method of creating structured designs through hand drawing of various patterns.

Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art, created through a very specific Method from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles, on a 3.5-inch (89 mm) square paper tile.  The paper is called a tile, because completed tiles can be arranged together to form a beautiful mosaic.


Creating a Zentangle is a form of “artistic meditation” as one becomes completely engrossed in the process, deliberately focusing on each stroke.  The first important step in the ceremony of Zentangle is to relax and breathe deeply, bringing one’s attention to the process.  Rulers, straight edges, or other mechanical aids are not used in Zentangle.  It’s just you and your pen.  While the process may look intricate, it is a deceptively simple pathway to relaxation and inner focus.  The mindful drawing of individual strokes makes possible the shift in focus that is meditation.  The creation process increases focus and creativity, whilst providing you with much artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.

Recent research indicates that the Zentangle process has proven to be most beneficial within the fields of therapy and meditation, with applications in stress reduction, education, therapy and even motivational training.  In fact, proponents of the practice note that it has multiple benefits including calming an anxious mind, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness as in mindfulness meditation. This is particularly true if you accept this process as one with no expected outcome other than the enjoyment of putting the pen to paper and staying open to whatever emerges.


Using a pen on paper requires that you risk making mistakes; in fact, most tangle art has at least some misplaced lines which cannot be erased. Tangling teaches you how to incorporate what seem like “mistakes” into the overall pattern of the design.  If we simply enjoy the creative process, we can enjoy every single moment of it and that is ultimately what any creative expression offers us. Zentangle teaches us not to rush and to take good care of ourselves in the present moment.


1  Zentangles are not only exquisitely beautiful, they are also fun and relaxing to create.

2  The different pattern combinations are endless, but best of all, anyone can do it!

3  Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract (a collection of patterns, not a drawing of something), black and white art, created on a piece of paper, 90mm x 90mm square, called a tile.

4  It is without an up or down, top or bottom, so can be viewed from any angle

5  Unplanned, its results surprise you

6  Creating a Zentangle is known as tangling

7  Can be done in 15 mins

8  Can be done anywhere at any time

9  No specialist tools needed

10  They look fantastic

11  Inspire Creativity

12  Help You Relax

13  Increase Focus

14  Build Confidence

15  Inexpensive

Zentangle is a fairly new phenomenon, with the art form and method being created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, you can learn much more at https://www.zentangle.com/