View Full Version : Zentangles/Doodles.

10-31-2007, 10:09 AM
Well this is a real change of subject for me, but I had heaps of fun doing them. The official name for these doodles is Zentangles (you'll find quite a few if you Google 'Zentangles'). It's a real follow your nose thing and quite addictive. I do like to draw in my shapes first off to get the flow going in the direction I feel pleased with, but it's not obligatory. There are three different ones here and they each measure 3.5"x2.5", on Watercolour Paper, with a Micron Pen 005.

All C&C appreciated.

Val. :wave:


10-31-2007, 10:50 AM
Very cool, Val, and very different for you! I had no idea these things had a name -- I do stuff like this at work to keep myself occupied. :p I'm off to Google.

Sandy K
10-31-2007, 12:45 PM
These are really neat, Val.

I do something kinda like that also, Val. Also I do a "Doodle" and then the "Noodle" as Bert Dodson calls them. Been actually thinking of putting a few the ACEO's I did on Ebay.

10-31-2007, 02:24 PM
This is also called a triptych, and are a lot of fun to do. I have seen them done in every thing from ink to oils. I really like the flow of yours, Val.

10-31-2007, 05:56 PM
WOW!!! Val these are great!! I have never heard of them before!!
I have a hospital appointment today and no doubt I will be sitting in the waiting room for 3 hours so now I know what I will be doing!! I will make sure to pack my pens and paper in my bag!! Will definately go and google as well!!

10-31-2007, 06:50 PM
different and very cool! i bet they'd be fun to play with some color, too! ;)

11-01-2007, 05:26 AM
I love this sort of design and you have done a great job Val. Crisp and clean and very imaginative fills:clap: :clap:

11-01-2007, 08:35 AM
Great Val! Although with you and Dave's art, my eyes are going crazy. Nice one, eef

11-01-2007, 09:06 AM
Thanks Monica, Sandy, Charissa, Elaine, Lenny, Chris and Ethan -- I appreciate your comments, and they really are a lot of fun.

Val. :wave:

11-02-2007, 04:13 AM
Hey Val, you have given me a new past time for lunch time at work. I cut up some cards the size you gave and have been 'doodling' to my hearts content!!
better than listening to the boring conversations that the men at work have :0)

11-02-2007, 10:39 AM
How about these two:confused: They are simple pencil single line scribbles done by relatives that I turned into designs.

They sure are fun to do, I have more. I also like the ACEO idea I have to start expanding my horizons!!


11-03-2007, 05:07 AM
Elaine, I'm so glad you're having fun with these addictive little artworks. They kinda grab you when you start doing them. :lol: :D

Dave -- Great work there -- colour is fun also. :clap:

Val. :wave:

11-03-2007, 05:28 AM
Val, a fancy name for such eye catching little pieces of art.

Thanks for sharing, they look great.

They would be a great way to practice hatching and mark making too.


11-09-2007, 08:38 PM
Thanks Chris. Yes, I find these great little practice, thought-provoking pieces.

Val. :wave:

11-10-2007, 03:21 AM
These are terrific.


11-11-2007, 06:41 AM
nice drawings, nice concept, hmmmm

01-31-2008, 03:50 PM
Val, I really like your Zentangles I just found out about them a few days ago and am making artists trading cards with the designs. I was wondering what did you use for the color part of your colored zentangles?

01-31-2008, 03:54 PM
OH> I may have worded my response wrong I didn't mean I was Using your designs. I meant that I was doing Zentangles of my own. I just rethought what I wrote and thought it my be misunderstood. These are really fun to do I really like the color you used in yours I would like to try it.

Rose Queen
01-31-2008, 04:58 PM
Val, I've checked this website off and on for a while and subscribed to their e-newsletter, but I cannot for the life of me figure out exactly what a zentangle is or how one uses it. I've emailed Rick and Maria with this question, but never got a reply.

Can you put me out of my misery and explain the process a bit? TIA!

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01-31-2008, 06:17 PM
These are really terrific, very eye catching and they look addicting. Do they bother your eyes to work on them for long periods of time? I see you have glasses in your avatar, I do too and found that stippling for long periods of time really bother my eyes.

02-01-2008, 08:55 AM
Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for your kind comments on the Zentangles. Dave is the one who posted the coloured ones in this Thread, but I also do coloured ones, using the coloured Micron Pens.
I have stacks more (somewhere!!), so I must try to find them, and add them to this Thread. I don't think I've got any of the coloured ones left though.

Rose Queen, I think Zentangles is just a name given to Doodling by a couple of inkers who love creating these little works of art. For me, I just start with a few pencil lines -- I like my designs to have curves, so I just draw in a few curves that look acceptable to me composition-wise, and then I just follow my nose with my pens. I make the designs up as I go, and I find them the most relaxing thing I could possibly do. I could go on and on creating these little pieces.

Tdot -- no I don't find them hard on my eyes at all. Yes, I do wear bi-focals and I also have glaucoma, but stippling and these Zentangles don't bother me at all for which I am eternally grateful. If I do them at night, I do use a desk light as well as the overhead room light.

I'll add some more pics as soon as I get a chance.

Val. :wave:

02-01-2008, 12:28 PM
How did I miss these? - Val I love these little doodles!!!!
This I am going to try my hand at!

02-01-2008, 12:40 PM
Cool stuff Val!!

Rose Queen
02-01-2008, 02:53 PM
...Rose Queen, I think Zentangles is just a name given to Doodling by a couple of inkers who love creating these little works of art...
So I guess I don't need their $49 kit! :lol: I think that's what stymied me -- I couldn't figure out what difference an expensive kit was going to make!

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02-01-2008, 04:39 PM
That's called Marketing, Diana! :wink2: They send you pre-cut paper and a pen or two. I could do that for $29. :p

02-01-2008, 09:01 PM
How cool!! I draw these zentangles on the corner of notebook pages while I'm thinking of the next paragraph to write, but never had any idea they had a name, let alone a place in the wonderful world of art. Always made me want to try something M. C. Escher-like. I love black & white.

Rose Queen
02-01-2008, 10:04 PM
That's called Marketing, Diana! :wink2: They send you pre-cut paper and a pen or two. I could do that for $29. :p
With my killer bookbinding paper cutter, I could do it myself out of scraps and use my own damn pens! :lol: :evil: :lol:

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02-03-2008, 04:06 AM
Here are another four of my Black and White Zentangles -- all done with a Black Micron 005 and 01, and all measuring 3.5"x2.5" each.
They are nowhere near as clear and crisp as they should be unfortunately. I have a new Scanner, and wish I'd kept my old one!!

Val. :wave:


02-03-2008, 04:12 AM
Here's 3 of my coloured Zentangles. Two are Patchwork Designs -- Friendship Star and Ohio Star, and the other one is just taking the design as it comes. All are done in coloured Microns 01, and measure 3.5"x2.5".

Val. :wave:


02-03-2008, 04:24 AM
These are just super Val:clap: I love your little masterpieces.

02-03-2008, 10:43 AM
Lovely, Val!

02-03-2008, 12:36 PM
Thank you for reminding me about zentangles! I used to do them a few years ago but had gotten away for a while, this tread reminded me how fun they can be

02-04-2008, 08:32 AM
Thankyou Chris, Monica and Neelia. I did some more today while waiting for my Dad to have Day Surgery, so I'll upload them in the near future.

Val. :wave:

02-10-2008, 10:06 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm new to WC - found this thread through a GOOGLE search.
I've done a rather intensive research and study of the z-tiles. You can find my results here (12 posts)


07-08-2009, 02:07 PM
Hi...been lurking around W/C for a couple of weeks...I'm newly addicted to zentangles. I have a question about everyone's favorite paper to use when doing zentangles.

I've been using 140lb watercolor paper, but want something smoother. (will post some pics as soon as I can :)

I believe, though, that it would have to be at least 80-90 lb so that the marker won't bleed through.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, G

07-09-2009, 05:54 AM
Welcome to the P&I Forum Gwenny. I have always used 140 gsm Watercolour Paper on the smooth side. I use Premier Watercolour Paper, an Australian Brand, which is probably not very helpful for you, but I find any WC paper that has a smooth side is very suitable. I hope this helps a little. Please show us some of your Zentangles, as we would love to see them.

Val. :wave:

07-09-2009, 09:08 AM
Thanks, Val! I tried some 100lb bristol...ewww....didn't like the bleed through. Nice paper, just not suitable for what I am doing...

I've attached my first completed zen's...hope everyone enjoys.


07-09-2009, 04:04 PM
I love these. Nice work! Very interesting and different.

07-09-2009, 04:20 PM

07-10-2009, 06:38 AM
Oh Gwenny, these are great. What size are they? I really love the designs you have used. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

07-10-2009, 08:57 AM
Thanks! They are all roughly 4 x 6 (give or take a bit). I really had no idea what / how to do these, just took off. I know mine aren't "conventional" zentangles, but they are pleasing to me and fun to do. I've always been the girl that was allergic to the word conventional...so these suit me. I'm working on several others, as well as other things...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!:D

07-10-2009, 09:25 AM
Super designs brilliantly executed:clap: :clap: