Googling Over Doodling – The New Zentangle Craze
Feaured Shop – Wingdoodle • Warner Artists are springing up this fall in Warner. Stroll in to Wingdoodle, 19 East Main St., Warner, and feel your imagination take flight. Wingdoodle is a studio, a gift gallery and a magical place where non-artists are able to discover inner talents never before realized. The newest craze is all about doodling. It's called Zentangle, and it is the brainchild of two artists from Massachusetts who coined the term. While Wingdoodle Creative Director Sandy Bartholomew is the certified instructor for Zentangle, everyone in the shop knows how to do it. Wingdoodle Business Manager Kay Steen explains the craze.
What is Zentangle? It's a form of doodling. Using pen and paper, it is a relaxing form of meditation that uses pattern making to focus your mind. A lot of people say they cannot draw a straight line, then they do a Zentangle and they love it.
What do you mean by patterns? The world is full of patterns. Hindu and Asian artists use a lot of patterns. When you see a pattern, you have to look at it and figure out what lines come first. That is what we teach in Zentangle, how to analyze patterns and put them down on paper.
How do you start? You start by making an outline, a large square or a circle or whatever shape you want, and then make swirls and lines to section it out to begin making patterns. I first started with a circle, like pearls, then triangles and then shapes that looked like eyes and it became very geometric with just a bunch of patterns.
Is it addicting? Yes, but in a good way! Some of the kids who come in here say they Zentangle in school. By keeping their hands busy making patterns, their brain listens. They say they can focus better and remember things.
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