Zentangle is known as a way to createstructureddesignsthroughdrawingvariouspatterns. Sometimesmistakenlycalled “Zendoodling” or “tangledoodling,” Zentangling is actually a formalizedprocessthatdefinesitself as somethingotherthanmeredoodling. RickRoberts and MaryThomas are the originators of the
trademarkedZentanglemethod. Basically, it is a specific way to drawimages, mostoften in black pen on whitepaper. Zentangle has become an internationalphenomenonthat now has applications in stressreduction,
education, therapy and evenmotivationaltraining.
Zentangleitself may be relatively new, but the basicprinciplesinvolved are as old as the history of art. It
includesritual, which is a corepractice in ancient and contemporaryarts. It alsomirrors the symbols, designs and
patterns of numerouscultures, such as Mayan, Maori, Celtic, and AmericanIndian, fromancientthroughpresenttimes. And like “doodling,” it is based on a humanbehavior in which one refrainsfromplanning and allowslines
and shapes to unintentionallyemerge.
There are numerousbooks on the formalmethod of Zentanglethatwillhelp you get started. Thesebooksprovidenumerousdesigns and show you how to createvariouspatterns, step-by-step. Or simplysearch the
Internet to findinstructions and inspiration for designs—thenmake up your own once you havepracticed a few
patterns. You reallyonlyneed a few materials to createyourdesigns: a pencilused to mark out guidelines and to
shadeareas of designs, a black pen, and heavywhitedrawingpaper. The traditionalpractice of Zentanglinguses
3 ½ inchsquaretilesmade of specialpaper. But you can cut your own choice of paperintosquares or completelybreak the rules, and tangle on whatevertype of paper you want to.
Why am I interested in Zentangle? While the process may lookintricate, it is a deceptivelysimplepathway
to relaxation and innerfocus. In fact, proponents of the practicenotethat it has multiplebenefitsincludingcalming an anxiousmind, increasingself-confidence, and cultivatingmoment-to-momentawareness in a similar
way as mindfulnessmeditation.
【題組】47. According to the passage, which of the following is trueabout “doodling”?
(A) It requiresstrongmotivation.
(B) It is derivedfromfourancientcultures.
(D) You do not knowwhat the end resultwould be likewhen you start.