not a doodle!

I love the quote that the diva shared this week on diva challenge 166. Margaret Bremner, a CZT and artist who, like the diva, hails from Saskatoon, compares tangling with doodling:

Tangling can look deceptively like doodling, but doodling it is not. Doodling is something you do with your hands while your thoughts are elsewhere, and can be very useful in some circumstances. In contrast, this art form is very focused. Your attention is on the pen, the paper, the flow of the ink, the patterns, the drawing; each stroke is drawn consciously and deliberately.

I am not a chronic doodler; preferring the focused mindset of tangling or drawing. Maybe that comes from a lifetime of drawing and painting practice, or maybe we all have an area that we gravitate toward on the doodle-to-drawing continuum.

I sure do know when my mind wanders a bit while tangling, though! Lines wander, or cross where they weren’t intended to. Tangles take on odd shapes. Like a breathing meditation, where you gently bring your mind back to the air flowing in and out of your body, with Zentangle, you gently swing back into focusing on your hand, the pen, and the stroke you are making right now.

I did two tiles for the challenge, using what started as a doodle for Laura Harms, but grew into a tangle. She hasn’t named it yet, so in my head I am calling it divadoodle.


With Adele Bruno’s lanie.


With some color, and tripoli, and Daved Levitan’s bridgen, which is like a mini version of the diva’s new tangle.