Zen Doodles are spontaneous and playful. They don't have to follow any rules regarding the size and the shape of the paper, or art supplies used to create them. They don't have to look like anything. They allow total freedom to their creator. I have a feeling that's exactly why they have become so popular in such a short period of time.
On top of that, Zen-doodler's options are infinite! Make them black and white, simple or elaborate - or as colorful as you dare. Doodle them on a napkin or a larger sheet of paper, make them artsy, decorative - or abstract and without any recognizable shape. It's up to you, just have fun zen-doodling. I sure do! 🙂
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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men and women who find it easier to live
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"Zendoodling is the art of drawing designs using structured patterns or 'Zentangles’.
When you draw a Zendoodle, you’re creating a work of art, but you’re also deliberately creating a mood, focus, and state of mind.
Concentrate on drawing small blocks of patterns at a time; going with the flow lets your mind get into a calming zen state. This allows you to follow through on impulsive thoughts, so your doodle won’t be restricted by expectations, giving you an unexpected final design and a glimpse into your subconscious!"
“This is the real secret to life—to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
“Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength,
the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
"Zendoodling has none of the specifics, regarding paper, size of the shape, color etc. You can draw a shape (letter, animal etc) that fills a large sheet of paper and fill it in with patterns or create designs on clothing, pottery, etc, and it can be meant to look like something.
Studies have shown that doodling actually helps you pay better attention to other things going on around you. So doodling during a lecture or a meeting, though everyone else thinks you are being rude and not listening, actually helps your mind focus on what is being said.
Zentangles and Zendoodles are different from this sort of doodling, in that they are deliberate, and are meant to focus, relax and calm you. As I mentioned above, it is meant to be a very focused process."
“Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.”
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“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't.”
"You don’t have to be Michelangelo to create a great Zendoodle. Because they’re based around following a series of steps focused on a set of patterns, it’s easy for beginners to get started.
Zendoodles aren’t doodles in the same sense as the star or squiggly stick man you drew while you were on the phone; they’re intricate designs built up by completing small areas of patterns at a time.
Once you get the hang of it and have a few basic Zentangles under your belt, let your mind wander and be as creative as possible! Invent your own patterns and see what your imagination comes up with.
Try not to have a preconceived idea of what it should look like; let your imagination move your hand, settle into a meditative state of mind, and you’ll be surprised with what you can do when you’re not focusing on the big picture."