30+ Easy Zentangle Patterns to Give You Great Ideas For Your Own Zentangle Art

What is Zentangle?

For most people in this fast paced society, it’s hard to find ways to ease and soothe yourself for real, not in front of a tv or a computer. We all have that friend that preaches yoga and meditation and tells us that if we would just start it would change our lives. And maybe it would. But somehow sitting and trying not to think isn’t your ideal way to spend your free time. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t even if I did try. But Maria Thomas discovered another way to achieve the same state of deep peace and focus.

As a calligrapher, Maria Thomas often draws patterns to fill the pages between her elegant letters. After describing how relaxed she felt doing this to her partner, Rick Roberts (who just so happens to previously have been a Buddhist monk) he saw it for what it was, a state of meditation. Putting their brains together they coined the term Zentagle as a name for the product they wanted to get to the world. Check out their website.

The term Zentangle itself is actually quite clever. Zen, literally meaning meditation, is tied to a particular branch of Buddhism (Zen Buddhism). This branch emphasizes the way in which life is lived and the peace that you should carry through it. They often practice meditation and other types of calming and centering activities to try and find that inner peace. Due to the similar qualities that the Zentangles bring out, the word “Zen” seemed an apt fit.

The second half of the name requires much less research as tangles obviously refers to the interlacing patterns you create.

One of the beauties of Zentangle Art is that it requires basically no skill or excessive effort. Though focus is required, it is the most peaceful kind of focus, requiring you to only look to the next line to create a zentangle pattern emerging from somewhere inside. Through it all you not only reduce your own anxiety and stress but you create beautiful zentangle art in the process.

Instructions on how to draw Zentangle Patterns step by step:

Zentangle Pattern: Amphora

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Zentangle Pattern: Bloom

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Zentangle Pattern: Pebbles& Bubbles

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Zentangle Pattern: Tipple

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Tipple

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Zentangle Pattern: Huggins

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Zentangle Pattern: Cadent

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Cadent Variations

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Zentangle Pattern: Sanibelle

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Zentangle Pattern: Mumsy

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Zentangle Pattern: Angel FishZentangle Patterns

Zentangle Pattern: Yincut

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Zentangle Pattern: Flux

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Zentangle Pattern: Heartswell

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Zentangle Pattern: Whirl

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Zentangle Pattern: Weave

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Zentangle Pattern: Walp

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Zentangle Pattern: Flow

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Zentangle Pattern: Featherfall

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Zentangle Patterns: Octonet

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Zentangle Patterns: Curly Bracket Feather

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