My previous two posts on Zentangle were talking about Zentangle Inspired Art, as that is what I started with, and felt was easier for me to start my Zeentangle journey with.  Since then, I’ve ordered and received some books off Amazon.ca, done a lot of reading on the subject, and completed my first true Zentangle tiles.

The process has been getting easier for me, and I’m not feeling as much anxiety about getting things right, as I did in the beginning.  I’ve been able to complete my Zentangles without using pencil, except where allowed (for the string, border, and shading), and am happy to say that they didn’t turn out as badly as I thought they would.  I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made, with respect to my OCD, and the Zentangle process.

Unlike many other art forms, which are all about the finished product, Zentangle is about the journey.  It’s about your meditative state while drawing the repetitive patterns and strokes, and not about the finished product.  The focus therefor is on the zen and the journey one goes on while drawing.

Here are my first true Zentangles.





More Zentangle!

This last month has blown by and I have come so far since my last post.

I have had great success with Zentangle so far, and am really glad I bumped into it on the internet.

I have had some troubles conforming to all the rules of Zentangle, my OCD has gotten in the way of that, so have been sticking to ZIAs, but am noticing some drastic improvements, in both myself, and my artwork.

Since finding Zentangle, I have done some every day.  It’s been a great distraction from the pain, and has improved my days overall.  The kids like watching me draw, and are intrigued by this new to them art form.

At the moment I’m not overly confident with what I’ve been drawing, but know that will come with time.  I’m just so happy I’ve found something positive for me to do during the day on my down time.

I think I’m also getting the meditative aspect to it.  I started out by drawing in front of the tv, but the last week or so, haven’t turned on the tv, and have craved the quiet that Zentangle provides.

Maybe next post I’ll have the confidence to post some of the images I’ve been drawing.

Welcome to dubby by design!

Dubby by Design is the name I came up with, if I were ever to create a company to sell my art.  It’s named after my daughter’s favourite stuffy since birth, a Ty Beanie dinosaur we named Dubby.  The stuffy’s actual name was Stuffy, but when Kiersten was learning how to speak, she had a hard time pronouncing Stuffy, and it instead came out sounding like Dubby.  My husband and I started calling Stuffy, Dubby, and it just stuck.

Today I found the most amazing artistic thing I’ve ever come across.  It’s called Zentangle.  I came across it while looking up something artistic to do to distract me from the severe chronic pain I’m in on a daily basis.  I’ve always been artistic, and do many arts and crafts, including crochet, cross stitch, card making, painting and jewelry making, but was looking to get back into drawing.  I was looking up ink drawing, as I thought I might get back into stippling, or drawing with tiny dots, when an abstract work of art found it’s way onto my screen.  When I clicked on it, it took me to Zentangle.com, and from there I got lost, and forgot all about the stippling.  In short, Zentangle is a meditative form of art, where you create abstract works of art through the drawing of repetitive patterns.  There is also Zentagle Inspired Art, also known as ZIA, whereby you use the principles of Zentangle, but use any sized paper you want, and are not limited like you are with a true Zentangle.  To be a true Zentangle, you can’t use any pencils, other than to shade your work, rulers or anything other than a pen, to assist you in your drawing, so many people choose to do ZIA.  I have OCD, so I’m not sure how I’m going to do with respect to not using a pencil, but am willing to give it a go.

The best part, I pretty much had what you needed to get started:  a pencil, a black fine liner pen, a tortillion for shading, and a sketchbook and paper I could either cut to size or leave as is.

I am feeling so excited at the moment to have found this art form, and can’t wait to read more about it, look at others’ art, and start making my own!

Below are the first two ZIAs I have created.


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