What on earth is a Zendoodle you might ask, I was wondering the same thing when I stumbled upon a Zendoodle pin on Pinterest. I instantly fell in love with these pictures. I looked at tons of Zendoodles, followed many boards, and started drawing one of my own all in one night. But this wasn’t enough for me, I needed to know more, so I did some Googling.
From what I have read, and don’t quote me on any of this I am in no way an expert I just started this, Zendoodling came from a more structured form of drawing called Zentangle.
For it to be a Zentangle the drawing has to be
- On a 3.5″ square
- The square is sectioned off and in those sections you choose the pattern
- It is not meant to look like anything
- It is in black and white
Zendoodling on the other hand
- Can be any size
- Any color
- Can be made to look like anything
Which ever one you choose to create they both have many benefits. This is the part I found most interesting. They can focus, relax, and calm you. After srting my first doodle I felt so good about myself both as an artist and as a person. I was instantly happy and smiley. I have also read that you should try to Zentangle or Zendoodle instead of nap. It refreshes and refocuses you mind without the side effects often felt after a nap, even more tired and groggy.
My first Zendoodle:
For my first Zendoodle I drew a big star in the middle, the points of the star touched the ends of the paper. In each of those spaces I began to fill in different patterns and shapes. When I was done I was going to fill in the star in all black.
My drawing was going well until I started smearing it. On each of the sites and blogs I went on to see Zendoodles and get more information on them, they stated that they should be done in pen, and now I know why. I am a perfectionist and did not like the idea of not being able to fix my mistakes, but I guess in hind site that defeats the purpose of a Zendoodle/Zentangle.
So I put that one up and started a new one in PEN.
My second Zendoodle:
I did this one in pen and I did make a few mistakes but was able to easily go over them and turn them into a new pattern/design.
Have any of you done a Zendoodle or Zentangle before? How did you find out about it? Can you share your experience with them and of course some pictures.
If you haven’t tried to do a Zendoodle or Zentangle I strongly suggest you do and please comment below to tell me how it went!