What is Zentangle?

The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, fun introduction to mindfulness. Using only a few simple shapes to draw structured, repeating patterns, almost anyone can create beautiful abstract art. The method increases focus, creativity, relaxation and the sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

Zentangle is…


Because you begin without knowing what the end result will be, you don’t have the stress of trying to “draw” a specific image, and you can’t mess it up!


The Zentangle Method is easy to learn and easy to do. Anyone can create beautiful images from the repetitive patterns. And although it follows a series of specific steps, no two tangles look alike!

Fun & Relaxing

Zentangle is a fun way to relax and intentionally shift focus and perspective.


No batteries or electricity. Zentangle provides a counterbalance to our increasing use of computers, screens and keyboards. It returns us to that fundamentally human behavior of putting marks on paper and arranging symbols. Your only limit is your creativity and this method can increase and inspire your personal creativity.


Everything you need to create Zentangle art can fit in your pocket. The method can be done almost anywhere, alone or in groups, without any special abilities or costly equipment.


Simple, repetitive steps of the Zentangle Method support relaxation, focus and inspiration. It can be a wonderful daily ritual.


If you are going to do something, then do it with the finest tools and materials available. Zentangle uses the best paper and pens available to ensure your creations will be a respected and treasured work of art. Unlike other methods of relaxation and focus, you not only feel good, you get a piece of art to collect and reflect upon for years to come.

How Did It Start?

The Zentangle Method was created by Maria Thomas, a lettering and nature artist, and Rick Roberts, a former monk.

One day, Maria told Rick what she experienced as she drew background patterns on a manuscript she was creating – feelings of timelessness, freedom,  well-being and total focus on what she was doing, with no thought or worry about anything else.

“You’re describing meditation,” Rick said.

Together, they created this simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. They say that life is an art form and the Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.

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