In 2007, we started BLOG Zentangle and began our enjoyable series of conversations within our Zentangle community.
In reading through these blog posts with their insightful comments, we decided to bring a few of them to your attention from time to time. It is easy, for me anyway, to sometimes think of old information as stale information. But these insights and conversations are anything BUT stale!
When I am teaching a Zentangle class, I always start my classes the same way. I advise my students to clear their spaces of any distractions, to get comfortable and to take a moment to practice gratitude. One of the things I always express is my gratitude for this opportunity to put pen to paper. There is something so magical about putting pen to paper
There must be something in the air lately about this idea - that putting pen the paper is special - because it has come up a lot in my conversations lately. It came up in the class I taught last week. It came up when talking about a handwritten note my husband and I received recently. It came up when I was talking about when I was in college and although I always had a laptop with me, I took all my notes by hands.
Then, yesterday, I was searching in the Zentangle Blog archives for something unrelated, when I stumbled upon this blog from 2011 about putting pen to paper. Since it has been on my mind lately, I thought I would share it with you all.
I invite you to enjoy this post from December 2011...
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In this morning's websurf, I landed on, Why You Learn More Effectively by Writing Than Typing.
The act of writing helps you clarify your thoughts, remember things better, and reach your goals more surely. Here's a look at the science and psychology behind writing, and why the pen may be mightier than the keyboard.
Zentangle is all about putting pen to paper, so I wanted to read this. I encourage you to read it, too.
Today there are fewer and fewer reasons to put pen to paper. So when you do put pen to paper, it has a greater impact. Putting pen to paper creates an intimate closed loop as your eyes focus on your pen and its ink. This experience is primal and immediate.
In other systems that loop is broken. If your fingers are on a keyboard, mouse or tablet, your eyes are usually on a screen. If you're watching your fingers type (even on a typewriter), the result is also elsewhere. Even if you are using a stylus on a touch screen there is a technical gap between stylus and screen image. As your movements are translated through computer processors and software into pixels on your display, your stylus never really "touches" your creation.
My takeaway from this article (not surprisingly) is that the magic of writing longhand is in what happens because you put pen to paper, not just because you are writing.
This article reinforces how valuable the practice of the Zentangle method is. The benefits of putting pen to paper don't depend on how good you are, they depend on doing it. The Zentangle method provides the structure and freedom for you to enjoy this process without expectations or self-criticism. I think that's an important and easily overlooked reason for the benefits and enjoyment that Zentangle provides.
As you enjoy creating something in a Zentangle way, fresh and creative ideas have a way of popping up. Keep another sheet of paper handy to capture those idea jewels!