What is Zentangling?

If you like to draw patterns or doodle with pen and paper, you can learn to Zentangle. As the name implies, it's a Zen-like way of creating images through repetitive patterns and shapes.

Zentangling is relaxing, stimulating, entertaining, and fun!

You don't have to have had any art training to Zentangle, but if you did, here's a new way to showcase your talent.

Also known as Zendoodling, and maybe more names, it's growing in popularity every day, so read below on how you can get started.

Merry Christmas, Zendoodlers!

Here's my present to you this joyous season, a spectacular zendoodle from an artist that I just discovered.

Sarah Whyte describes herself as a "wife, mother, teacher, and artist."  I think you'll see that she'd definitely adept at one of those, and probably a master (or mistress) of all four.

zendoodle, zentangle, art, doodle, drawing
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There are so many reasons to love this one, and I hope Sarah will keep creating and share more with us.


  1. Hi! I’m not sure where you got your information about Zentangle from, but much of what you have written is incorrect. Part of becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher is learning the history and process of Zentangle and that’s why it is recommended to learn from a CZT or to become certified and THEN write about it. Othewise, you might be giving out wrong information.

    Zentangle is a trademarked process of drawing. The word is not interchangeable with Zendoodle or any other word. The word Zentangle is a noun, not a verb. You make a Zentangle, but you do not Zentangle. The verb most often used is to Tangle. Never Zentangling. That’s just wrong. The art form is really more about the “process” of making it than the finished product.

    If you are really serious about blogging, I’m sure you will want to make sure that the information that you are giving people is accurate, and you will gain respect amongst the Zentangle community. (Check out TanglePatterns.com and you’ll see what I mean.) You can learn a lot about Zentangle from reading the new book “The Book of Zentangle” written by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the founders of this company. Why not get it straight from the horse’s mouth?!?! I’m sure you wouldn’t want people talking about your blog, or you, and saying things that were wrong. And if you give incorrect information to people, and they pass it along, before you know it no one knows the difference between what is fact and what is fiction. I’m not just telling you this so you can buy the book… I’m telling you this because I believe in keeping things accurate. And yes, I am a CZT. I would be happy to talk more with you about this or you can always call the Zentangle office and speak with Molly Hollibaugh, their marketing director. She’s a sweetie.

    MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson

  2. Ah, I see someone has already raised a number of issues I was going to mention!

    Zentangle seems to be rapidly increasing in popularlity, so much so that a lot of people want to hop on the bandwagon without really understanding it. I see a great deal on YouTube that calls itself Zentangle which simply is NOT.

    A few things you should definitely do:
    1. Place the (R) symbol after the word Zentangle. It is protected by copyright. For this reason the word Zentangle should not be used in the title of any blog or website.
    2. Stop equating Zentangle with doodling. In fact, stop using the word "zendoodling" (ick!)
    3. Obtain permission from those whose work you want to feature on this blog.
    4. Learn about Zentangle so that you can understand it better and pass on correct information. Find a Certified Zentangle Teacher near you and take a class! It'll be fun!

  3. http://www.ripoffreport.com/arts-and-crafts/zentangle/zentangle-rick-roberst-maria-80311.htm

  4. A good artist copies, a great artist steals.
    ~ Pablo Picasso

    An ethical and moral artist discloses influences.

    An ethical artist celebrates the work that has influenced them.