Do you doodle or draw? I (Kristina) like to, on occasion â€“ whenever I think I can focus for more than five minutes at a time on it. I do not like to doodle â€œaimlesslyâ€, however. In order to satisfy my desire to doodle, but please my â€œinner aimless criticâ€, I fell to the â€œZentangleâ€ drawings.
I happened to run across this bookÂ one day while at my local Michaelâ€™s craft store. I thumbed through it really quickly, but the one thing that stuck with me was â€œjust beginâ€. I decided to order it from Amazon, and was starting to â€œtangleâ€ within a week.
I really liked all the drawings and patterns I found on Pinterest (see my Pinterest board here) and was totally inspired. I researched more and more. Iâ€™d often find new patterns to try, and even a few apps on Google Play that had basic patterns and instructions. I tangled through almost an entire sketch pad. I sent my tangles to others in our Lilypad Pocket Letters. I scanned them in and used them on our TLP ATC Swaps. I have them saved on my cell phone as my home screen wallpapers. Iâ€™ve scrapped pages about themâ€¦ Iâ€™ve even gotten permission from my husband to tangle on the walls of our home â€“ though I havenâ€™t done that yet (hello, we tell our toddlers they are not allowed to color on the walls, why should I get to??!?).
I learned quickly that you just canâ€™t rush your tangles. I loved my doodles so much more when I took time to do them carefully. Also, going slowly helped them to be so much more therapeutic! I loved being able to put all my focus into it, and find some quiet inside my head.
Even though I tangled a lot, I often struggled with a starting point. Iâ€™m not sure why, but staring at a blank paper was sometimes daunting. Other times, Iâ€™d have an idea of a patterned page, but couldnâ€™t get the shapes right to start with. This is where Kateâ€™s doodles have come to help me. Using these packs â€“Big Doodled Pocket Journalers, Me and My Marker Filler Cards, Doodled Pocket Frames – Iâ€™ve made these Zentangle starter pages.
The purpose of these starter pages is to take away the â€œdaunting blank pageâ€ issue. Iâ€™ve started a beginning pattern with just the shapes, and then as I can focus, I fill in one at a time. I love that I can continue to come back to it, but not feel like Iâ€™m starting over.
These took many days to get this far (and then my daughter wanted to color my tanglesâ€¦)
When I saw these newest marker cards from Kate, I knew immediately I would be using them as pocket tangle starters! I printed them, cut them up, and slid into my purse. The weekend came, and I took the kids to the closest play place. They played, and I spent time doodling on my starters!
Making the first set of starter pages was as simple as moving the shapes into a pattern I wanted. I explained the process in a previous blog post about coloring pages. The second set of Marker cards are a current freebie from Kate, and were already print ready! I didnâ€™t have to do anything different with them. Easy Peasy!!
If you’d like to have a go atÂ Zentangling too, you can download three of my starter sheets to getÂ started! Happy tangling!