Have you guys heard of this zen doodle (sometimes called zentangle) movement? If you haven’t, it looks something like this:
It looks all complicated and chaotic and beautiful, but the best part is how easy and how much fun it is!
I found out about it on Pinterest (shocking, I know) and ordered the book One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun. It shows you step-by-step how to create these intricate drawings and explains how it can actually be therapeutic. The repetition of shapes and lines puts your mind into a calm place that’s hard to get with other hobbies.
So basically, you start with real simple shapes and practice drawing them. You can find all sorts of quick tutorials in the book and on Pinterest (I have a board devoted to them, feel free to Pin away!).
Draw a square that’s roughly 3″x3″ – small enough to finish quickly. A simple shape practice looks something like this:
Then once you’ve practiced a few, you draw a random shape inside a new square. Now take each of the pieces and fill in one of your shapes.
I’m not a fine artist by any means – my previous doodles were confined to hearts or stars – but this is surprisingly easy. Plus it’s just nice to zone out for awhile and think about nothing but shapes and lines and shading.
Check out some of my more ambitious zen doodles:
Would you ever draw for the sake of drawing? If you give it a shot, please share below – I love to see all the doodles!