Zendala!

A quick photo gallery of a recent zentangle drawing: a Mandela of Zentangles, or a Zendala. (Such a pretty portmanteau, don’t you think? As a book I read once put it, “Zendala sounds better than Mantangle, doesn’t it?”)

Mandelas come to use from Hindu or Buddhist traditions. Simply put, they are a circular design to help focus thoughts and aid in meditation. Zentangling in a Mandela is just another way of using the deliberate artistic strokes to create fabulous art and experience some great meditation.

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The entire design doesn’t have to be circular. You can incorporate zendala elements into other zentangle designs as well. Here is a series of photos detailing one of my sketches:

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Also, who said Zentangles must always be black and white? No one! Experimenting with adding color is also a fun way to continue your zentangle experience.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

It’s no secret that I am a huge Dr. Seuss fan — his art is wonderful, his lyrics fantastic, and his whimsy and fearless storytelling is something from which we all could learn.

Today’s post is in honor of what would have been the 108th birthday of Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. 

This piece is actually very small — it might be 5″ X 7″, I don’t remember for certain.  It was created on a half of a page from an old sketchbook using a red calligraphy pen and a black Sharpie.  Again, my focus with mimicking Seuss is his dynamic use of lines and block color.

Happy Birthday to the Coolest Cat around! Thank you for your great stories, your inspiration, and your lasting legacy.