Focus on Education with Sue Jacobs

Zentangle has arrived! This new method of teaching drawing is creating new artists out of people who never thought they could draw, and giving existing artists a way to practice their art in a fun, fast, and portable way. You will discover Zentangle's method increases creativity, focus, and self-esteem while providing relaxation and improving well-being. Maria Thomas, a calligrapher, and Rick Robert, a former monk, founded Zentangle together. They discovered the method together one night after Maria had been drawing background patterns on a manuscript. As she did so she told Rick about her feelings of timelessness, freedom, and well-being and complete focus on what she was doing with no thought or worry about anything else. "You're describing meditation," Rick said. They then developed the patterns into what is now known as Zentangle. Decorative painters will love this method of drawing. As with many decorative painting techniques, it is taught in a step-by-step manner that leads to a finished product that you will be proud of. One great thing about a Zentangle is that it can be easily completed in a single sitting. Those of us with multiple UFOs (unfinished objects) will appreciate this immensely! The supplies needed are minimal. A piece of good-quality paper, a fine-point technical pen, and a pencil are all you need to do your first Zentangle tile. The costs to get started are very reasonable. And with minimal supplies, this is the type of project you can carry with you and do anyplace. Zentangle can take many shapes and forms. Once you learn the basics, you can expand to decorate many other surfaces, you can even add color to the surface or the line. There are no rules in Zentangle-and no mistakes! You can find a plethora of information about Zentangle on the web. Start with If you look on the blog page you will find links to multiple blogs. These blogs will take you in all sorts of directions into the Zentagle community. My blog, Sue's Tangle Tripsis one of those listed. As a decorative painter, I use Zentangle along with the things I’ve learned through decorative painting classes to give my art its own touch. I also teach Zentangle in the Chicago area and will travel. There are Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT), throughout the country and the world.Listings can be found on the Zentangle website. Try a class with a CZT. You will love it! Sue Jacobs