Drawing repeated patterns has always been a part of every ancient and modern culture, and its exciting to know that in today's world, where everything is digital and virtual out here, the idea of the infamous, yet most interesting methods of pen-drawings like doodling, mandalas, tangling, is being revived again by the artists.
Zentangle Method has been created by co-founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, where Rick, with his philosophy of 'Zen' and Maria, who is a very talented lettering and botanical artist is the 'Tangle'. Together, they brought in Zentangle - a form of drawing structured repetitive patterns which is meditation and mindful creativity; which instills a sense of calm and inspires confidence in the individual practicing it.
Zentangle is very different from Doodling or zen-doodling. Though both involve repetition of patterns, yet doodling is done in a more fun-way, where one need not be in his mindfulness. Whereas Zentangle is about Mindful creativity. One cannot listen to music or do anything else while zentangle, as process of zentangle involves being "fully focused" in "NOW".
The original Zentangle art is created on a tile or ' a zentiles - colloquially used by the zentanglers' which is of 3 1/2 inch square. The official Zentangle tile is created from Fabriano Tiepolo paper (available on the official Zentangle.comwebsite or any other good art shops), but some use just good-quality card stock. Any artwork bigger than this size is categorized as Zia or Zentangle Inspired Art. Anyone can start with zentangle, using the official Sakura Micron 01 pen, a high quality or Sakura 2B soft pencil or even the official Zentangle Pencil, a blending stump and a high-quality card stock. The official Zentangle website provides starters kit too.