A to Z of Zentangle

R is for Ritual, Day 18 of the A to Z of Zentangle Challenge#atozchallenge

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A ritual or ceremony is simply a repeated activity or habit that we do which has meaning. With official tangle rain.

The patterns are what everyone thinks of when they hear the word “Zentangle.” The patterns are the most striking visual element and are really fun and easy to draw. But Zentangle is more than just the pretty pictures. If you’ve been following this series, you may have noticed I use the term “the Zentangle Method.” This is a series of simple steps that you go through each time you make art in the Zentangle way.

It is a simple ritual, with one step naturally following the next:

  • Relax, Breathe, Smile
  • Dots & border
  • String (details tomorrow)
  • Fill with Tangles
  • Shade
  • Initial & Sign
  • Appreciate

The simple steps done with deliberate, relaxed focus are very powerful ritual. Think about the difference between participating in a Japanese tea ceremony versus popping a cup of water and a tea bag in the microwave.

Interested in why rituals work? Try articles by Scientific American or Harvard Business Review.

What benefits do you receive from the rituals in your life?

Missed the beginning  of the series? It all starts with Appreciation.

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