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Frequently asked Questions

related to Zentangle

Q: What is Zentangle?

A: Zentangle is an art method that allows anyone to create personal and unique art. View the ‘long answer’ on Zentangle.com.

Q: Is there a difference between Zentangle and doodling?

A: Yes, there is. To doodle is to draw without one’s full attention or without any structured or specific process. Hence, doodling can not be defined as an art ‘method’. The Zentangle method, however, encourages anyone to draw (or to tangle) with a focus on following specific steps. There is a structured process, even though the end result is not usually a pre-conceived one (though it could very well be, in certain applications). In Zentangle, this focus on the process is called ‘mindfulness’.

Q: I am already an artist or a crafter, what can Zentangle offer me?

A: By learning the Zentangle method, one is adding to their existing repertoire of techniques, besides adding a fresh perspective to traditional art. Zentangle is a very flexible artform that may be re-created with many different kinds of tools and on many different mediums. Through internet searches, one may see first hand the many applications of Zentangle on mediums that include but are not limited to:

  • Paper – such as books, cardboard boxes, scrapbooks & journals
  • Fabric – such as clothing, ribbon, lace, cloth, denim, cushions & lamp shades
  • Wood – such as boxes, frames and easels
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • and even Vehicles – such as bicycles & cars

Q: What is mindfulness?

A: Mindfulness is an intentional, non-judgmental frame of mind, where one’s attention is focus on experiencing the thoughts and emotions of the present moment.

Psychology Today further explains ‘mindfulness’ as follows: Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

Q: I hear Zentangle being promoted as a form of relaxation and anxiety relief. Are there any research papers to support to support these claims.

A: Yes, a study written by John Nordell in 2012 titled “Assessing the Correlation Between Participating in a Zentangle® Art Class and Well-Being” is available on the public domain. [ This paper is not owned or written by Tangled Pursuits so we will not be able to respond to any enquiries arising from or pertaining to this paper. ]

Q: Where can I find testimonials about the Zentangle art method?

A: Please visit the Story Booth at zentangle.com to watch these video documentaries over Youtube.

Zentangle Terminology

Q: What is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (or CZT)?

A: From the Book of Zentangle: A Certified Zentangle Teacher is a person who has attended a CZT seminar, has been certified by Rick and Maria to teach Zentangle, and can sell Zentangle products.”

Q: What are all these words? String? Tangle? Tangelation?

A: All of these words were created by the founders Rick and Maria in order to make it easier for everyone to grasp Zentangle basics. Please visit the official Zentangle glossary of terms.

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