Recently, I was introduced to a new form of art called the Zentangle Method. My friend’s work looked amazing and professional and I suddenly felt the itch to try my hand at it. My drawings shocked my own Mother as it requires the artist to have loads of patience which, from her experience of living with me for twenty-five years knows, I have little or none of.
According to Wiki, a Zentangle is an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns according to the trademarked Zentangle Method. The invention of the Zentangle was intended to make the act of drawing pleasurable, meditative and accessible to all. Oh! The pleasure I felt when I saw the result!
This art reminds me of the makeshift fabrics we used back in the day. The patchwork quilts, some of our aunts made with leftover or waste cloth, were the coziest covers while tucking ourselves into bed. Our aunts would neatly cut equal squares of different patterned materials and sew them together. These were turned into makeshift curtains or sofa covers too.
Now, think of one of us doing this patchwork curtain. Surely, there would not be a lot of patience put into it, nor would there be time. I think that, God forbid, if we were forced to sew such things, it would turn into, what we today call, an untrue Zentangle as the true ones are supposed to be created on 3.5 inch square tiles. Google it for more information and try it out if you feel the need to take a break from your daily routine or just calm yourself down. Trust me, it works.
CINTANGLES are the Zentangles I create. 😉