Explore the ancient teachings of the mandala through the process of Zentangle®.
Create beautiful drawings that reflect your vision and discover the infinite possibilities that spring from peace and creativity.
Introduction to the book by the author:
For centuries, mandalas have been used to connect the spirit with the divine, offering symbols found in nature as subjects for contemplation. Drawing mandalas enables us to acquire a sense of wonder at the greatness that exists all around, helps discover the true inner self, and provides a connection with the source of all inspiration.
This book offers an opportunity to explore the ancient teachings of the mandala through the process of Zentangle. Gently appreciate the uniqueness of your experience in the world of ten-thousand things as you create beautiful drawings that reflect your vision and you will discover the infinite possibilities that spring from inner peace.
The Zen in Zentangle
The word Zen means meditative state. It describes the creative energy that an artist experiences when the work or design creation is allowed to flow naturally from your consciousness without being forced.
Art created in this manner touches the viewer in a profound way that is difficult to describe in words because the emotion of the artist - whether it is love, devotion, pain, loss, gratitude or joy - passes into the work and radiates outward.
The process of Zentangle helps anyone get in touch with life. It opens your awareness to new ideas, helps you solve problems, calms the soul, and fosters your creative spirit.
History of Zentangle
Zentangle® was created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. As Maria drew background patterns on a manuscript, she felt an amazing sense of well being, complete focus, and the timelessness that people usually associate with a meditative state. She described this
sensation to Rick and together they created a simple system which would allow others to enjoy drawing tangles and experience a similar feeling.
"Zentangle", the red square, and "Anything is possible, one stroke at a time " are registered
trademarks of Zentangle, Inc. Zentangle's teaching method is patent pending and is used by permission. You'll find wonderful resources, a list of Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs), workshops, a fabulous gallery of inspiring projects, supplies, kits, and tiles www.atzentangle.com.
About the author:
Suzanne McNeill is often known as "the Trendsetter" of arts and crafts. Dedicated to hands-on creativity, she constantly tests, experiments and invents something new and fun.
Suzanne is the artistic woman behind Design Originals, a publishing company dedicated to all things fun and creative. She is a designer, artist, columnist, TV personality, publisher, art instructor, author and lover of everything hands-on.
Visit Suzanne at blog.suzannemcneill.com to see YouTubes, events, books, and 'Zentangle of the Week'. Visit her website: www.beezinkstudio.com.
1st edition, 2011, paperback, 51pp, full colour throughout, 21.7 x 21.7cm