We:30 Share & Tell: Erika Introduces Us to Zentangle

Every Wednesday at 3:30 we gather to celebrate an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% jerk-free. In our Share & Tell edition, we invite the employee to share their unique story, or simply something that inspires them. This week Erika, our VP of Client Services, shares the art of Zentangle!

I love drawing but have not done much of it outside doodling in over 15 years. Enter Amazon…
The beauty of being an addicted Amazon Prime shopper with daily deliveries (no joke) is that the platform recommended a ZENTANGLE book. Ironically, it is a form of doodling. Anyone can do it. I am hooked (well, since getting the book two weeks ago).

What is Zentangle?
Zentangle was created by Rick Roberts (the Zen) and Maria Thomas (the Tangle). Zentangle is no more than a single or double-stroke line drawing using repetitive patterns. It is considered a meditative art form that supports relaxation, creativity, focus, improved sleep and mindfulness. Technically, Zentangle is supposed to be drawn on 3.5” x 3.5” tiles – the small size creates a more purposeful approach and attention to detail. 

When I used to fall asleep thinking of my to-do list between now and 2025, now my attention has shifted to drawing patterns endlessly in my mind. While waiting for tiles on backorder, I started with these two Zentangles:

1. The first is within the structure of a true Zentangle – organic shapes within a square-like shape. In a classic tangle, after the lines are drawn in ink, they are shaded with pencils or charcoal. 

 2. The second was inspired by my love of the ocean. Although this is outside the official Zentangle structure, I can tell my interests will orient toward sea-inspired objects (imagine a seahorse or jellyfish shape, for example). 

 My vision is to have a Zentangle wall in our house that can be added to and subtracted from over time that tells a story individually or as a collection. I got the idea from the canvas composition inside David and Yolanda Foster’s home (who said watching Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise was a waste of time?). I’d like to explore starting with the initial line drawing and then going back over it with water colors, oil pastels or other mediums. You can also extend the practice to styled lettering.

The beauty is that my 5-year-old daughter, Addisyn, has taken an interest in Zentangle. Our neighborhood kids of varied ages gathered around when we were drawing outside this weekend and were curious about the design – and started creating tangles of their own!

I am excited to see where this journey leads, but more than anything I am enjoying the meditative aspects and time with Addisyn. 

Wanna Tangle?

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