Are you a doodler? If you are, then you probably already know how to zentangle you don’t realize it. We shared a great introduction to zentangle as a meditative art project for kids and I wanted to expand on that original piece. So, I’m sharing a few simple zentangle patterns that are great for beginners and kids.
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If you haven’t read my companion post – Zentangle Art for Kids – I suggest you read that piece first. I have all kinds of great information about Zentangle art. I’ll give a brief overview here.
Easy Zentangle Patterns for Beginners or Kids
What is Zentangle?
Zentangle is more than doodling. The zentangle method is a trademarked process based on a theory developed by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Basically, creating a zentangle involves drawing a “tangle” of lines that are then filled with repetitive patterns or designs. Each zentangle is unique…as you are the one making the tangle of lines and choosing the patterns to fill the voids with.
What supplies do you need to zentangle?
You could use any piece of paper or any pen, however, for a true zentangle you will want to work with a few easy-to-obtain supplies. A thin, black pen – the ultra fine-tipped Sharpie or the Sakura Micron pen are great options. Since you are using a fine-tip marker, your paper should be smooth and work well with the marker. I use white cardstock when I zentangle. For a zentangle, the paper you use should be square – 4 inches square…that is an ideal size. However, you could totally make a different square size for your design. You can actually buy zentangle pads of paper, called “tiles”, in various square sizes.
Once you have the supplies and you’ve drawn your tangled lines, it’s time to fill in the zentangle patterns. I’m sharing a few easy zentangle patterns to spark your creativity. To give you a little inspiration to hopefully expand and create your own patterns. As I’ve said before, there are endless design and pattern options, it all depends on how you choose to fill the voids.
I’ve shared a number of zentangle designs that include circles, curves, straight lines, wavey lines and swirls. Which designs do you like? Experiment with these designs, on our printable blank zentangle pattern square page.
I’ve broken down four of the more difficult zentangle patterns into step-by-step instructions. You will find the breakdown of 4 challenging patterns in our zentangle design progression printable. In this printable, I take you through how to start a zentangle design and then how to move through to the completion of the design.
You can see the step-by-step creation of the zentangle designs. Which one will you start with? Again, use our blank zentangle pattern square to experiment with different designs.
More Zentangle Patterns
Be sure to read our beginner’s guide to Zentangle art post
Learn how to draw 4 fun heart zentangle patterns and use our overlapping heart template – fun for Valentine’s Day
Have fun with our fall zentangle patterns and fall zentangle printable templates
Explore all of our creative art projects for tweens
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