Monday, July 18, 2011

Zendoodling: A First Attempt

Last week I was doing a search on mandalas, when the term "zendoodling" came up.  Creating a mandala from doodling.  Brilliant!

All you need to do is follow your heart.  Just draw what you feel. 












I saw a wonderful inspirational video, that perfectly showcases how this form of art is simple fun - and intimidating.:



During my research I found some fabulous, more sophisticated zendoodles on a site completely dedicated to the art form aptly called, ZenTangle.

This is my very first zendoodle, but I can already saw I am addicted.  I have been carrying my sketch pad with me everywhere, thinking about what my next step would be.  My newer works (that are not completed yet), are on a smaller sketch pad, so that won't get cropped in scanning and sharing.

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10 comments:

elleamberley said...

Love this, I'll give it a go with my children.
Thanks Ana!

Ana Lewis said...

That is such a great idea, Elle! It has a meditative quality, don't be surprised if you get hooked, too. :)

Marta Moran Bishop said...

I absolutely love this. It does look like it would have such a soothing quality.

Thank you Ana.

Ana Lewis said...

Thank you Marta. :)

wholly jeanne said...

I love mandalas, often creating them to destress or distract myself; often suggesting to my friends and clients who have ADD tendencies that they create mandalas during classes or meetings. It helps them focus and remain seated for a while, even though teachers or meeting facilitators - who often jump to the familiar conclusion that listening requires eye contact and total body stillness - must be taught that this is an aide, not a show of boredom or disrespect. 'Tis a gorgeous mandala you've created here, and I can't wait to see the next ones. (I sometimes stitch my mandalas.)

Ana Lewis said...

Jeanne, that sounds like a lovely idea - stitching a mandala. Do you have photos on your blog?

Marta Moran Bishop said...

Ana,
How do you begin? Is there books? Or do you just doodle? xx

Ana Lewis said...

Hi Marta,
Actually, I watched the zendoodling video on YouTube. It really makes it look so simple. I think that the trick is doodling with intention. Watch out, you can easily get lost in it.

Doreen said...

I am enjoying this and am going to give it a try with my elderly patients!

Ana Lewis said...

That's exciting Doreen!