45 Weeks to Go! Zentangle

“With the Zentangle Method, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and easy to do. And even though it is a specified series of steps, it results in a creative expression that transcends its own rules.”


Zentangle is a meditative drawing technique developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  Unlike doodling, which is random, the Zentangle method encourages creative thought through pattern making and concentration on each stroke. Since patterns are deconstructed and taught step by step, it is easy to create beautiful patterns in a variety of mediums.

Through the practice and use of Zentangle, people are encouraged to expand their concepts of creativity and mindfulness.  The materials needed are minimal, which makes it accessible to everyone.  The simplicity of the work is a counterpoint to the hectic and electronic lifestyles of today.

As each individual brings their own thoughts and skills, each work of art is unique.  No creation is wrong; rather Zentangle encourages each individual to create something which reflects their own ideas and process.  Even the coloring of black, white and gray lends itself to the simplicity of design and thought.  By focusing on the abstract, the technique itself is focused on the process rather than the outcome.  It is not a process that needs comparison or competition because, even with everyone learning the same tangles, each result will be unique.

Because it is a philosophy, not just a technique, classes are offered several times a year by Rick & Maria. Certified Zentangle Teachers or CZT’s are trained to teach the Zentangle method.  All Zentangle classes offered at the Lancaster Fiber Festival will be taught by CZTs.

The practice of Zentangle is used in classrooms, hospitals, elder care and even the correctional system.  For many, Zentangle helps them not only to focus but also to explore other areas of their art. Paper artists have used Zentangle as a creative and beautiful way to add pattern to their artwork.  Quilters find it helpful in developing  their free motion quilting skills.

The Lancaster Fiber Festival is offering a Zentangle Basics class every morning at 10:00 am.  This two hour class will introduce you to the language, tools and techniques of Zentangle.  Other classes will be offered throughout the Festival that will incorporate Zentangle into other art.  Zentangle Inspired Art or ZIA is the process of taking the basics and adding other techniques or medium into your artwork.  Zentangle Basics class, either taken at the Festival or before you arrive, is required for other Zentangle or ZIA classes.