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Zentangle is an inventive artform where all you need is paper, pencil and pen. Find out how to draw elaborate tangles step-by-step.

It is highly recommended to begin with the proper materials. The Zentangle patterns encourage the enthusiasts to use fine printmaking paper. It’s the best basis for Zentangles. Use white, unlined piece of paper and cut it into a 3.5″ square piece. You may take textured, handmade or even colored paper, however, it won’t be real Zentangle consistent with the Zentangle instructions.

An extremely simple process is part of every traditional Zentangle:

  • Put a dot in each corner of a paper tile with a pencil. Connect all the dots to create a basic frame. Next, you will draw a pattern inside the lines of the frame. You are not supposed to use a ruler. Simply outline it lightly close to the paper edges. It does not have to be noticeable when you finish working on your tangle in pen. Bear in mind that it’s Ok if your hand shivers while you work on the border. If it seems untidy, your completed work will be even more exceptional.
  • Now, draw a guideline “strings” with a pencil. The shape is up to you. It can be a swirl, X, zigzag or just about anything that separates the paper into sections. It represents the “golden thread” that unites all the patterns and events that run through life. Don’t press too hard with the pencil. Although you will not erase it, the string won’t be noticeable once the pattern is completed. Sometimes it is hard to understand how to depict a string. Bear in mind that the major idea behind a Zentangle is that it is supposed to feel enjoyable, festive and natural.
  • Switch to a black pen to create tangles into the areas shaped by the strings. Turn the paper around tile as you fill every section with a pattern. One Zentangle may have only one tangle, or a mix of diverse tangles.
  • Keep drawing until you’re completed drawing. You’ll know when it’s time to stop. Leave your work in a safe place, or frame your Zentangle and exhibit it for lasting pleasure.

You may add bright colors to the work. Though, this is optional since it’s not part of the traditional Zentangle approach.

Remember that you are not allowed to erase the errors you make. Just as in real life, people can’t erase mistakes, instead we have to make improvements from every event. All experiences are included into our learning process and into our life patterns.