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DIY ("Do It Yourself") Zentangle Drawing

If you aren’t familiar with it, zentangle is a method of drawing that has been known to promote patience, concentration, creativity, and overall well-being! Zentangle involves the repetition of certain shapes, such as lines, dots, triangles, circles, or any other shapes that you desire in your creation. Despite the look of them, zentangles are much easier to create than they look. I personally have always created zentangle drawings when I feel overwhelmed or stressed and I can confidently say that it is very therapeutic. Today, I’m going to provide a step-by-step process on how to create your own zentangle!

Here are some examples of past zentangles that I’ve created:

The great thing about zentangles is the little amount of supplies you need: a blank sheet of white paper and a pen or a pencil. I typically draw with a black pen or a fine point sharpie (but that’s just my preference!) Once your zentangle is finished, you can either color all of it in, or leave it in black and white. The choice is yours!

Step 1: Decide the shape you want to do. Keep in mind that the shape does not have to be perfect. When I first began drawing zentangles, I started o with circles and squares. For this example, I’m going to be using a square. However, feel free to draw any shape you prefer!

Step 2: Divide the shape by creating lines. These lines can be horizontal, vertical, or a mix of both.

Step 3: Begin filling in the lines you created with more lines, dots, dierent shapes, or even shading it in with the pen/pencil you are using. You can make it as complex or as simple as you’d like!

And just like that, you’re all done! As I mentioned before, feel free to color it in if you’d like. There really is a lot of freedom when it comes to zentangles. They can be simple shapes like the one in this tutorial, and they can also be in the shape of your favorite animal or even inanimate objects. I hope creating your zentangle today brought you a sense of calm and happiness.

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