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Nicole Gomez

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8th Grade
What is a zentangle?
A zentangle, or sometimes referred to as a zendoodle is a method of creating various interlocking patterns and designs.
What is a Zentangle? In a word, a doodle. A structured, contained doodle. The term 'Zentangle' was coined by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas when, one day, Maria described her experience, as she created her art, as "feeling timeless, free and engendering a sense of deep well-being". Rick recognized that she was in a meditative state and so Zentangles were born.

From zentangle.com :
Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest.
We believe that life is an art form and that Zentangle is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. Explore our web site and learn how you can use this wonderful and uplifting discovery.
How to get started:
Now watch an artist create a quick zendoodle!
the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, esp. in dim light.
synonyms: outline, contour(s), profile, form, shape, figure, shadow
What is a Silhouette?
Practice zentangles/zendoodles on the front a back of your square.

Practice various shapes, patterns, line weights, sizes, and types of lines. The more variety the better!
Your project:
Create a zentangle/zendoodle surrounding a silhouette. Your silhouette should be of a living thing. No details, only contour.

The zentangle/zendoodle will fill in the background and only the negative space of the silhouette will remain.
Step #3
Begin to fill the shapes made by your string with pattern. These patterns are called 'tangles.' Google the word "zentangle" or "zendoodle" for more ideas. Don't fret over which pattern to use, you will find ans you do more, the next patterns seems to suggest itself!
Choose a LIVING THING to create a silhouette! Add Zentangle designs around it.
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