Zentangle Basics

IMG_1020We visited Kinokuniya (twice) during a weekend away in Sydney recently. It is seriously the most amazing bookstore! The kids were in nerd heaven and just quietly….so was i. The kids headed off to find Sailor Moon and The Legend of Zelda graphic novels. I headed off into the craft and decorating sections, while my husband explored the map and natural history area. I confess i went a little overboard and bought myself a healthy armful of beautiful books, but in my defence i could have purchased at least half of the craft section.


This year i’m trying to choose craft projects that i can complete in a week or less. I’m tired of starting elaborate projects only to get bored half way through or just not having the time to finish them. I think ALL crafters can relate to my cupboard full of half finish projects. So, i’m committed to trying out new, simpler crafting activities. One of the books i picked up at Kinokuniya is this book on Zentangle Basics by Suzanne McNeill. On the first page i saw the words “no artistic talent is needed”. SOLD! 🙂

Zentangles are a wonderful form of relaxation. They are simple to do and only require a few basic tools – paper, pencil, eraser and felt tip pen. And given i spend more than a few moments waiting in the car for the kids to finished their variety of afternoon activities, i thought this would be the perfect portable craft. I’m going to try and finish one zentangle a week. Here is this weeks zentangle that i combined with my silhouette art. IMG_1004 IMG_1019 IMG_1006




  1. Vicki
    February 14, 2013 / 8:47 am

    There is no such thing as “too many books”!

  2. February 14, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    Wow! I love the end result… I’ve never heard of it, but I can imagine it’s pretty relaxing…except the compass on the cover of the book. That looks like something I would mess up. 🙂

    • February 14, 2013 / 9:56 pm

      It’s supposed to improve focus and creativity….also used as a form of meditation. 🙂

  3. February 18, 2013 / 1:43 am

    Ahh! The zentangle is really cool! Also looks like its fun and a bit relaxing. I know what you mean about kinokinuya, it’s just so hard not to buy a lot!

    • February 18, 2013 / 4:23 am

      I’ve started another zentangle this week. I’m loving them! So easy and so therapeutic. 🙂

  4. May 26, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    I love them too! Such a good form of meditation for me because I find it hard to stop and sit still. And best of all, anyone can do zentangles! 🙂

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