Collaborating with Kids: Animals and Zentangle


At some point in the last couple of years, I learned about the art method known as Zentangle.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

I scoured the official Zentangle website and practiced each and every official tangle that I could find, then moved on to the website  I went through the entire library on this wonderful compilation site of pretty much every tangle known to man, picking my favorite and practicing some more.

When it comes down to making a “real” tangle, I fall short. I have a hard time disengaging my brain and truly relaxing and letting the art flow, man.

Then one day my younger son brought me a picture of a cat he had drawn.

“This is for you to draw zentangles, Mama!”

Of course, I obliged. And it was much more relaxing and calming to fill in his cat with whatever tangle caught my fancy from my practice sheets than trying to create some awe-inspiring masterpiece. It was so enjoyable that I asked him to make me an animal to fill in the next night. And again the next.  We’ve got something good going on here!


Medium: Ezra used Crayola PowerLines Scented Markers to draw the outlines. I used Paper Mate Flair pens to fill in.  They are all done on regular old white copy paper.

Collaborating with Kids: Animals and Zentangle