Untangle With Zentangle {Thursday Therapy}

Zentangle 3 by Susan Gaddis

Some months ago my friend Katie Eubank Bachand introduced me to the simple art of Zentangle. I was hooked. I now suggest Zentangle to my counseling clients as a form of relaxation. And I think you might like it.

Zentangle is a form of doodling that helps calm and focus your mind, body, and emotions after a busy, cluttered day. It can be done anywhere and is super easy for the non-artistic type like me. No talent needed. Really.

Zentangle 2 by Susan Gaddis

When one “tangles,” stress slips away. It’s simple, fun, and incorporates your drawing mistakes into a beautiful piece of art. (Just like God does with the mistakes you make in your life.)

Yes, I know it looks complicated, but it isn’t. Trust me.

No talent is needed. (This girl can’t draw a stick figure, but Husband is amazed at her Zentangles.)

All you need is a pencil, paper, and a pen. That’s it.

Simple patterns are repeated over and over, one pen stroke at a time. Each pattern is broken down into lines, curves, dashes, and circles. Simple!

How to Zentangle

So, how do you do this type of doodling? Easy—in the YouTube video below, Suzanne McNeill shows you how to do a Zentangle:

(Unable to view this video? Click here and enjoy.)

If you like things really laid out for you step by step with lots of visuals, you’ll enjoy Joy of Zentangel: Drawing Your Way to Increased Creativity, Focus, and Well-Being by Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning. It was the first book I bought on Zentangle and is still my favorite.

Zentangle 1 by Susan Gaddis

So now you know that Zentangle is one of the things I do to unwind. And if I can “tangle” to untangle my stress, so can you.

Check out my Zentangle board at Pinterest for more inspiration, and if you already enjoy Zentangle, share with us your experience.

Interested in other restful self-care activities? Here’s Six Ways to Open the Gift of Rest and Self Care Strategies for Stressed Out Days.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll catch up with you on Monday. Susan

“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know . . . all of your friends would be nice.

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    2 Responses to Untangle With Zentangle {Thursday Therapy}

    1. cindy king says:

      i really liked that idea i need to make about 50 of them .LOL. thank you cindy k

    2. Carolyn V says:

      I came home a couple of days ago to a beautiful piece of art sitting on my end table. Marina had done her own version of ‘Untangle With Zentangle’. She’s always loved to doodle! A beautiful way to make art!

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