Day 151 – Zen Tangle

Art Apple - Day One Hundred Fifty One

I had never heard of a Zentangle.

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. The concept was created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts as a form of meditation – a type of art that provides a sense of freedom and well-being!

Their motto is “Anything is possible – one stroke at a time.” ┬áSo I set to work on a Zentangle Apple. The approach and term were coined due to the almost meditative trance that happens when you create in a free form doodle type of manner and it was a perfect apple for me to create tonight because as you all know from yesterday’s post – I’m feeling a bit burnt out – lol!

Give it a try – art is therapy. It engages the mind so throughly that it can put distress and pain aside for a bit. The nice thing about art is that first and foremost it is for you – you never need to show a soul. Pick up a pen and piece of paper and doodle – I promise you – it will take you somewhere else. Even if the zen only happens for a little while – tangle yourself up in it and enjoy!

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 151 was created in india ink.

 

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5 comments for “Day 151 – Zen Tangle

  1. March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Hehe, I’ve been “Zentangling” my whole life, without knowing it! I used to do this A LOT in classes from middle school through college! I often did this with hearts and other random shapes.

  2. Mirelle
    March 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful apple!! very original!!
    You are right, art is a good and amazing therapy, art can provide us the inspiration for fighting not just our illness also provide us the harmony in our soul to fight depression and sadness.
    I played piano for many years, I stopped for some reasons and after 16 years I start playing piano again, was an enormous happiness when I put my hands in a piano again. Is hard, I don’t have the flexibility that I had 16 years ago, also my hands are different now, but I have decided to play piano again, I have decided that I can because I love the sensation that I can feel when I heard the music that can produce my own hands.

  3. Mary
    October 1, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Wow I had no idea what this form was called, I had been doing this since I was child. Beautifully done!

  4. Alison
    July 30, 2014 at 2:24 am

    It is beautiful and you almost knocked me off my bed when I read why … Ankylosing Spondylitis … I’ve been in Chronic Pain for three years and a lot of pain for about 20 years due to bulging discs in my lower back but the past three have been the worst.

    Besides the Spondylitis in the Cervical and Thoracic Spine, I was and still getting daily migraines due to mind blowing pain in my shoulder … two professors in the field of Pain Management refused x-rays, scans etc … I moved to a change in circumstances and the new doctor thought I was just a “pill popper” so she sent me for a scan on my shoulder – torn muscle that had calcified with a bursitis … I’m still seeing two different doctors because one never seems to listen to everything you say, the other doctor was the one who found through scans the Ankylosing Spondylitis.

    It might seem weird but it was a relief to know that the pain was real and not in my head and for the doctors to see I am not a “pill popper”, although I don’t think that attitude has changed you know … I am at the stage of having 1-2 valium to sleep of a night and yes, I know it is addictive and all the doctor said was “you’ll just need to tough it out a few nights a week”.

    Getting angry creates stress and stress adds to the pain and I’ve just started a Graphic Design course to change careers although due to the medical discoveries I will have to withdraw but your drawings have given me an idea to do a little something each day to distract from the pain.

    Thanks …

    • August 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Hi Alison,

      Sorry I’ve been away from my blog for a bit! I’m so sorry to hear all you are dealing with. I hope things are progressing with your doctors and you are getting some relief and more answers. I really find making art to be a great way to distract our minds from pain.

      My very best,
      Jenna

      Also – if you are interested my latest artistic endeavors are on http://jennifervisscher.com

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