Do you tangle?

I’ve only recently come across the creative wave that is Zentangle. Great name – but what IS it? Well, you know those squares and circles you used to doodle in your school exercise book? Or on the corner of your letter whilst hanging on the phone? Well, that’s it! In a slightly more structured way, maybe, but that is the essence of it.

Now it seems there’s a whole mini industry behind it – kits that can be bought, with appropriate sized paper, and other related things. I don’t know how I feel about the commercialism of what is essentially a basic, creative freedom (and it seems slightly at odds with the Zen of the title) but I guess who can blame someone from profiting from their ideas?

And, although I didn’t want want or feel the need to get a kit, I did buy a book. Why? Well, believe it or not, I’ve never been able to do that sort of doodle. My doodles have always been ‘things’: faces, eyes, legs, flowers.  But not shapes. When I do shapes they come out as a jumbled mess. Not stylish at all. It never really occurred to me, until I looked through this book, that there are techniques to drawing these repetitive designs, and some of them are really quite intricate. Very, very appealing. I think I’m going to give it a try.  Watch this space…


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