Zentangle is a gentle practice. There are no special beliefs. There are no difficult-to-master skills or hard-to-follow rules. There really aren’t any rules at all. There are guidelines, but these are more of suggestions.
Any time you create a piece of art, it is important to be gentle with yourself. No harsh words allowed. Gentle words do not hurt. Perhaps the reason people lost confidence in their abilities over time is that they were subjected to well-meaning, but unthinking criticism. Telling a child to color in the line or to paint grass green instead of purple is not gentle, even if the tone of voice is soft. To be gentle is to be kind, understanding, and compassionate. Think gentle thoughts, speak gentle words, and learn to appreciate your art, whether it is your first attempt or your 1000th.
This is counter to many societies, where we go to assertiveness training and are taught to believe that gentleness is weakness. If you have adopted this attitude and want to learn more about becoming more gentle, check out these two articles.
Missed the beginning of the series? It all starts with Appreciation.