What is Zendoodling?  What is Zentangling?
Ok, we’ll start with my understanding of what these terms mean. Essentially it is drawing in such a way that is repetative and meditative so that the simple act of drawing gives you a sense of peace and relaxation.  For a more official definition and the benefits of Zentangling, check out the About page on the Zentangle website.

As I mentioned in a previous post I found the Zendoodling tutorial videos by Millande to be fascinating.  So I tried my hand at it and now I’m hooked. When they say this type of doodling is mediative and relaxing, they aren’t kidding!  You lose track of time and get caught up in the act of drawing.

There’s already a grid drawn on the left side of the page so I can do another one!


What is a Mandala?  What is Zendala?
The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle.”  In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be used as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation.

In the past few weeks I’ve been surfing art and drawing blogs and website. I first saw a Mandala drawing when I stumbled across Biffy Bean’s blog where she has some amazing drawings of Mandalas that I just love. (I drool over!)  And Millande combined the concept of a round meditative drawing project with a Zentangle to create her version of a Zendala.

I haven’t tried a Zendala yet, but I’ve got several Mandalas in the works.  I even taught my 6 year old niece how to make the “pretty flowers” and she was thrilled.

The green one in the top left corner is my favorite so far. Still have a ways to go to add more detail.