Zentangle is known as a way to create structured designs through drawing various patterns. Sometimes
mistakenly called “Zendoodling” or “tangle doodling,” Zentangling is actually a formalized process that defines
itself as something other than mere doodling. Rick Roberts and Mary Thomas are the originators of the
trademarked Zentangle method. Basically, it is a specific way to draw images, most often in black pen on white
paper. Zentangle has become an international phenomenon that now has applications in stress reduction,
education, therapy and even motivational training.
Zentangle itself may be relatively new, but the basic principles involved are as old as the history of art. It
includes ritual, which is a core practice in ancient and contemporary arts. It also mirrors the symbols, designs and
patterns of numerous cultures, such as Mayan, Maori, Celtic, and American Indian, from ancient through present
times. And like “doodling,” it is based on a human behavior in which one refrains from planning and allows lines
and shapes to unintentionally emerge.
There are numerous books on the formal method of Zentangle that will help you get started. These books
provide numerous designs and show you how to create various patterns, step-by-step. Or simply search the
Internet to find instructions and inspiration for designs—then make up your own once you have practiced a few
patterns. You really only need a few materials to create your designs: a pencil used to mark out guidelines and to
shade areas of designs, a black pen, and heavy white drawing paper. The traditional practice of Zentangling uses
3 ½ inch square tiles made of special paper. But you can cut your own choice of paper into squares or completely
break the rules, and tangle on whatever type of paper you want to.
Why am I interested in Zentangle? While the process may look intricate, it is a deceptively simple pathway
to relaxation and inner focus. In fact, proponents of the practice note that it has multiple benefits including
calming an anxious mind, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in a similar
way as mindfulness meditation.
【題組】47. According to the passage, which of the following is true about “doodling”?
(A) It requires strong motivation.
(B) It is derived from four ancient cultures.
(C) Certain religious rituals could help people doodle better.
(D) You do not know what the end result would be like when you start.