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Published on April 15th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain


Zentangle Doodling

When I began to research how to add interesting things to my art journal, I found that I saw beautiful doodled images.

There are a lot of ideas out there that create this doodle called Zentangle.

Zentangle is black and white images, very bold, with many patterns and shapes.

Did you also know, by the way, that today is World Art Day? So take a little time, and do something creative to celebrate!

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Some of the Zentangle Doodling method is very artistic, creating shapes that are 3-D looking with shading.

Some of it is just doodles of shapes to fill an area.

I love the look of it, and I wanted to share my version of it with you.

Maybe you can see how I do mine and try it out. I like my less strict way of doodling. Of course you can change yours so that you are creating the more artistic version of it.

However, you want to do it, I found it very relaxing to do while listening to the TV at night.

For me, the easiest way to begin, was to use an old compass and add lines to a journal page.

Open and close the compass to get additional lines in your circle shapes.

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I bought a pack of fine and ultra fine point sharpies. Then traced over some of the circles. I left some, as those were the outermost lines and thought I might want to add more to those.

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I like the thick and thin lines of the different markers. Don’t worry too much about perfect lines and circles, I didn’t.

You can fill those in later. Just try to get a good line.

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Check out Pinterest for fill-in designs. I found so many wonderful ideas for these. Circles, basket weaves, close lines etc…

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Pick a section of circle and fill in with your designs. I liked to make sure I vary them, lines and circles etc., within the circle. With bolder and more solid areas to help define each space.

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I absolutely fell in love. The calm of it, almost like coloring, but I felt more productive. This was my own image.

I really loved the circle shapes, but you can keep it more organic and just draw shapes and attach them together.

Or, draw something wonderful, and fill it in with these same doodles.

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I found that I liked the contrast a lot, using black and bold against the drawn images. If you make a mistake, add more black and see what you can come up with!

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It got me wondering. What beauty would show if I used color inside of these?

I got out my watercolors and added just strong colors along the edges. Deepening the color to the darker shades, letting it almost turn white at the meeting points where I could.

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Honestly, they remind me a bit of stained glass or coloring books of stained glass. A friend of mine was coloring in an adult coloring book, and I saw a lot of similar shapes. I wonder if she also wouldn’t enjoy her own doodled shapes?

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You have got to give this a try. It’s so much fun!

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