Saturday, July 20, 2013

Feeling a Zen Zone coming on...

"Reach high,
for stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep,
for every dream precedes the goal."

- Mother Teresa

Today is a zen day!
Zentangle day that is!

blank notecard by inkspired

Have you caught the zentangle bug?
Love to doodle?
Draw random designs?
Then ZENTANGLE is for you!

original zentangle design blank notecard by inkspired

I have doodled for years.
Drawn all sorts of things in the borders of all my school notes,
numerous notebooks and sketchbooks,
and on church bulletins!

blank notecard,

"Dancing with the feet is one thing,
dancing with the heart is another!"

- anonymous, a very prolific writer

original zentangle design blank note card by inkspired

So, what exactly is 'zentangle'?
Well, it is a catch phrase for drawing repetitive designs,
aka: doodling!,
usually with pen and ink,
but can also be pencil, colored markers, and more.

zentangle turtle on hand woven recycled paper scrap

While the art of repetitive drawing has been around for centuries, there has been a recent revival in the arts and crafts world thanks in a large part to Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Their use of repetition combined with meditation type thinking has been coined as “Zentangle”.

palm tree original zentangle design by inkspired, 2013.

To put it simply,
you get to doodle with a purpose,
in an abstract way, or a representative way
with any writing utensil you may have at hand!

There are no wrongs or rights.
What a freedom for the artist
or the wanna be artist
or the non-artist!


Now, I hear people say all the time
"I'm not creative".


We are all created in the image of G-d.
The Bible states that very clearly,
both Old Testament and New Testament.

Is G-d not creative?
Just look at the intricacy of a leaf....

lacy leaf,

or the humor and design of a platypus....

or how about the patterns and designs we find in nature?

tropical discus fish

Do these not show the creativity of a Creator?

I think the answer is a resounding

So, logically,
if we are created in the image of God,
and God is a creative being,
and is named
'The Creator'
we must be also

ocean coral reef

In fact, nature has many inspirations for zentangle.

Look around, see what patterns you can see!
Remember, there is no wrong zentangle.

Goddess, part of my Goddess zentangle series of blank notecards
by inkspired

an original inkspired design 2013

I hope I have inspired you today to try out this wonderful creative outlet!

DO please share your images.
I would love to post them in a future blog!!

What is your favorite drawing medium?

Just leave a note in the comments section.

We can work out what size I need for posting your creations too!

Forest Tribal Goddess
original inkspired design, Goddess series, blank note card

until next time,

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  1. Great zentangles! I especially love the Rabit and flower ones :) I also have doodled all my life and now it's becoming popular :) have fun doodling!