Zentangle* is simply drawing easy to learn patterns. But the patterns are not the point, nor is the actual art produced. How can that be?
The point of Zentangle and my work as Zendragon is what happens in your head as you're about to pick up the pen. If you're like most, what actually kicks in is self-talk which often takes the form of self- judgment and criticism. You say things like," I can't do this, I'm not an artist, mine won't be as good as I want it to be, I don't want anyone to look at my work, I'm going to mess it up. How can I possibly do this work; my sister is the artist in the family, not me."
But what I know from a lifetime of teaching is that everyone is nervous when doing something new. Everyone wants to fit in, to be a part of the group. The trick is to allow yourself to be a beginner. And my teaching style provides exactly that. How to begin. How to feel included. How to drop the shyness about actually putting pen to paper.
And soon, you begin to breathe and relax in class. I can actually hear and feel it happen. This is the Zen in both Zentangle and Zendragon. You begin to create the space of trust, to celebrate and acknowledge both differences and common ground. And in doing so, you find yourself.
Zentangle practice allows the mind and body to release stress while creating beautiful images. Your mind has just enough to do and your hands are occupied.
Join me for a class. Be a beginner.
*Zentangle/Zentangle Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. I learned the practice from them in April 2017 and am one of about 3,000 in the world trained in the theory and practice of Zentangle. Certified teachers are called CZT's. www.Zentangle.com