Try these zentangle art ideas with fun themes for an easy process art activity for kids. Find out how to draw zentangle patterns step by step on our free zentangle printables using a few basic supplies. The key to success is in the shape! Explore do-able art activities for kids and let’s get zentangling!

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What is a Zentangle?

First, what is a Zentangle? A Zentangle is an unplanned and unstructured pattern usually created on small square tiles in black and white. The patterns are called tangles. You can make a tangle with one or a combination of dots, lines, circles, squares, swirls, waves etc.

The Zentangle Method is an art form that combines structured patterns with mindfulness. Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas developed it as a way to encourage creativity, relaxation, and focus. The name “Zentangle” is a combination of “Zen,” which represents a state of meditation and mindfulness, and “tangle,” which refers to the intricate patterns used in the art.

The Zentangle Method involves creating small, abstract drawings using repetitive patterns called tangles. These tangles usually comprise simple, elemental strokes such as dots, lines, curves, orbs. Creating Zentangle art is meant to be intuitive and relaxing, with no predetermined outcome or need for artistic talent.

Key principles of the Zentangle Method

  1. Mindfulness and Focus: Zentangle encourages individuals to be fully present in the moment, focusing on the strokes and patterns being created.
  2. Deliberate and Repetitive Strokes: Zentangle drawings are built using deliberate, slow, and repetitive strokes, which can have a calming and meditative effect.
  3. No Erasing or Mistakes: There are no mistakes in Zentangle. Unintentional marks or deviations from the original plan are embraced as opportunities for creative exploration.
  4. Structured Patterns: Zentangle uses a variety of structured patterns, called tangles, which can be combined and repeated to create intricate and visually appealing designs.
  5. Portable and Accessible: Zentangle can be done with minimal materials, making it a portable and accessible art form that can be practiced anywhere.
  6. Relaxation and Stress Relief: Many practitioners find Zentangle to be a relaxing and therapeutic practice, helping to reduce stress, enhance focus, and promote a sense of well-being.

Using fine-tipped pens or pencils, zentangle art can be created on small paper tiles. The process of making these drawings allows individuals to tap into their creativity, express themselves artistically, and experience a sense of mindfulness and relaxation.

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Zentangle Art Ideas for Kids

Each Zentangle activity comes with a free template to download!

ZENTANGLE TESSELLATIONS

Combine zentangle art with a fun and easy tessellation activity. A tessellation is formed from identical shapes which fit together with no gaps and can be repeated forever in all directions.

Triangles are shapes that make up tessellation patterns. Draw zentangle patterns below on our printable triangle shapes and then cut them out to form a tessellation.

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NEW! FIBONACCI ZENTANGLE

Grab the printable Fibonacci coloring page based on the mathematical rules of the Fibonacci Sequence. Use it to create a beautiful zentangle design!

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ZENTANGLE HEARTS

Get our printable Valentine zentangle and make a Valentine card or Valentine coloring page. Use red markers and heart-shaped zentangle patterns on your design.

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SHAMROCK ZENTANGLE

Color a lucky shamrock or four leaf clover for St Patrick’s Day.

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EASTER ZENTANGLE

Enjoy an zentangle Easter Egg this season!

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Easter Zentangle

EARTH ZENTANGLE

Celebrate Earth Day with a mindful art activity.

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Earth Day Zentangle

LEAF ZENTANGLE

This leaf zentangle printable is great for fall art!

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ZENTANGLE PUMPKIN

We love pumpkins, we love Fall, and we zentangling! These zentangle pumpkins are a fun Fall art activity.

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CAT ZENTANGLE

You will want to get out the black markers for this fun Halloween theme black cat zentangle.

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THANKSGIVING ZENTANGLE

A Thanksgiving zentangle is a fun and easy activity for kids to do at Thanksgiving.

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CHRISTMAS ZENTANGLES

Red and green are the colors to use on this fun Christmas Tree zentangle.

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SNOWFLAKE ZENTANGLE

Enjoy a fun winter theme zentangle!

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