I learn so much from the Zentangle Community. For days after teaching a Seminar or a workshop I am full of all the stories people share with me. It takes days, sometimes weeks, for me to digest them all and log them into my heart. I learn from them all and also become humbled and amazed by the diversity and depth of how the Zentangle Method interweaves into peoples lives.
One theme that I often hear from the Zentangle community is how Zentangle became a launch pad for them to try something else creative. Many people that practice Zentangle are new to art and creating with the Zentangle Method might be the first artistic thing they have ever pursued. Others might have been creative formally but since lost touch with art for one reason or another. Often, these people tap into artistic expression that has been dormant inside them all along. In the midst of a strong tangling practice many people become inspired and more confident to try other artistic things. I hear inspiring stories about new explorations in drawing, painting, weaving, sculpting, journaling and more. I have heard other folks tell me that Zentangle has reignited an old hobby or even brought depth or variety to an art form in which they were feeling “stuck.”
As an artist myself, I know that Zentangle saved me. At a time when I couldn’t grasp the creative outlet that my soul was craving, Zentangle trickled in and allowed me to jump back on the train. A regular Zentangle practice gave me the regular doses of creativity that I needed. The more that I draw, the more ideas and inspiration flood into my head. I find myself not only tangling in a Zentangle way but that I can approach other art forms the same way I do a tile; one stroke at a time.
What about you? Have you caught the Zentangle bug too? Has creating with the Zentangle Method inspired you to try something new? Have you gained the confidence to explore other art forms or maybe something else? And if you haven’t yet … maybe you will now.