12 Reasons to draw patterns for relaxation

Pattern Play inspired by Zentangle

There is something magical about creating.  It is part of our DNA as humans, even if you don’t think you are creative.

When you were a kid, you probably didn’t hesitate to pick up a crayon and draw.  And most likely, you proudly took it to your Mom or Grandma or someone to show them your masterpiece.

Somewhere along the way, you started to judge your abilities and your art.

Whether someone inadvertently made a comment that stuck with you or you started to compare your work with others, you questioned your ability to create.

Imagine if you could get back that sense of play and fun and simply enjoy the process of creating.

I want to help people get back to a way playful creating that doesn’t leave you frustrated or questioning your artistic talent.

I have taught various creative classes over the years, with an emphasis on on creating simple, yet sophisticated projects.

I came across the Zentangle® method and became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).  I knew Zentangle classes would be a great way to help people draw that is easy to learn.

First, let me answer a question that you may have.  

What is Zentangle??

It is a specific, easy to learn method of drawing beautiful patterned images.

It helps to increase your focus and creativity in a relaxing way.

What is the difference between Zentangle and Doodling?

There is a structure set up in Zentangle that allows you to create seemingly complicated patterns with a simple series of steps.

It allows you to focus on one simple mark at a time, which creates a very mindful, relaxed state.

It allows anyone, whether you think you are creative or not, a way to make something beautiful and yet unique.

There is a magic about the Zentangle process that goes beyond making pretty patterns.

Just like our handwriting, it is so interesting to see a room full of people creating with the same instructions and coming out with a beautiful and unique interpretation.

 Okay, So, here goes that list of 12 reasons to draw patterns for relaxation

  • It is good for you AND it feels good too
  • It keeps your brain active
  • It lifts your spirit and can put you in a good mood
  • It’s fun!
  • It’s very calming
  • It’s meditative
  • It slows you down so you can appreciate the moment
  • It is mindful as you focus on the process, not the outcome
  • It’s portable and easy to take with you
  • It is non technical and gives you a break from the computer
  • It’s playful and develops as you create 
  • There are no mistakes – I really like that!

A bonus reason is these lessons carry over to other areas of your life.

It is very liberating to play and simply enjoy the process without any expectations of the outcome. 

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