Friday, January 04, 2008

ATC's: Zentangles Shmentangles

So these are some ATC's I did for a Swap-bot swap, and they are supposed to be something called Zentangles. It's basically drawing a continuous line around the page, then filling in the enclosed spaces with various patterns. Hmmm, in my world this has always been called doodling. But I guess some nutballs came up with this term Zentangle, and I'm not going to give you their website because I don't want you to be exploited--this couple is charging $50 for a "Zentangle kit" which consists of some paper, a pen or two, and their rules they made up. Zen is for the meditative quality that you must be in when you make them (Ohmmmm), and tangle is the tangle of lines, I suppose. What a gimmick! Anyway, I'm glad I found this swap, because it reminded me how much I like doodling, and that someone "invented" the Zentangle both made me laugh and made me feel like I was doing legitimate art when I made them. Plus, they're fun. They're so fun that I had to make an extra one for the swap because I ended up keeping the one on the lower lower left because I liked it so much.


Chris said...

Carrie, do you KNOW how groovy these are? I was SO in love with Spirographs when I was a kid; remember those? I really like the monotones, here. A few weeks ago I did some inchies, and they were all hand-doodled. So fun. It's amazing what you can make happen with doodles. I really think it's becoming a favorite genre of mine!

~*~Patty said...

Fantastic zentangles you've got there! Awesome doodling! I've been bitten recently by the z-tangle bug myself! Our local altered artists group is having an ATC swap this Sunday, can't wait to see everyone's offering.

Lady Arwen of the Silver Rose said...

Thank you for putting into words the very thing I was thinking. Talk about a marketing gimmick. What high school kid in art class hasn't done this very thing from time to time? Still, if it gets me drawing again, I'm at least thankful for that. But I will pass on buying the official kit as well.