An Art Form Named “Zentangle®”

I have never considered myself an artist or artistic, but the trauma (and drama) of breast cancer has brought many gifts… surprising me with a heightened awareness of the beauty and patterns the Universe surrounds us with daily. Everything is so much more than it was previously. Cancer has truly amplified the lens through which I view life. Following surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, I met with Dr. Alessandra Colfi, an expressive arts therapist at the San Diego Cancer Research Institute. I’ve always been attracted to simple line drawings and fractal patterns; so she demonstrated some examples of a drawing method called Zentangle®. I was completely hooked within the hour — I’d found an outlet to express that which I hadn’t even realized was within me. (Visit www.Zentangle.com for more info.) This art form is a fun way to create seemingly intricate and beautiful abstract images by drawing simple, repetitive patterns.  Since Zentangled art is not meant to be a recognizable picture of anything, you quickly stop worrying that you cannot draw.   In addition to creating beautiful imagery, it’s an eyes-open meditation that increases focus and creativity, along with a deepened sense of personal well-being. Psychology Today calls the Zentangle Method “yoga for the brain.” It’s fun and easy to learn. The tools needed are few and portable: pen, pencil, paper. You can tangle just about anywhere. I frequently tangled while...

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