Tonawanda News

Features

June 30, 2013

Zentangle method is doodling with intention

Tonawanda News — It may look a little like the doodling you did on the corner of your notebook during class in high school, but the creators of Zentangle — a method of drawing that promotes relaxation and freeing your mind while drawing a pre-set series of patterns — say it’s anything but.

Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas created the Zentangle method about 10 years ago and within the last few years began certifying teachers in the program, including Niagara Falls resident Mary Sykes. 

Sykes is the only certified Zentangle teacher in Western New York, and offers classes through the Patrick Sean Daley Studio in the City of Tonawanda and to assorted groups throughout the area, like the Amherst Museum Quilters’ Guild. 

Prior to her interest in the drawing method, Sykes had a moderate interest in art and took colored pencil drawing classes at the Patrick Sean Daley Studio. Primarily, though, she was interested in meditation.

Sykes said her attention was first brought to Zentangle through a craft book a friend lent her.

“I kept looking at it, thinking my heart is being pulled,” she said. “It speaks of the soul.”

Roberts and Thomas said the point of Zentangle is to learn a series of “tangles,” or patterns so intuitively that when an artist puts pen to paper, it’s just a natural process that involves no planning or conscious thought.

“They’re simple, basic and they allow somebody to do what used to be called doodling much more deliberately,” Roberts said. “There’s a whole palette of patters — like colors — that you can choose from and you watch them unfold. It creates itself.”

One pattern might involve a series of spirals, another might resemble a leaf, while still others incorporate straight lines and dots. 

Sykes describes drawing tangles as a stream-of-consciousness-like process, one in which she doesn’t have to think too hard about what she’s doing or what the end result will be.

Text Only
Features
  • SUN LIFE Volunteers honored 1 040614.jpg Women Who Move the City (and beyond)

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • SUN LIFE POUND 1040614j jpg.jpg Rock n' roll fitness

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - crib notes RGB Enough of this winter -- it's time for spring

    Midway through separating the bits of dog food from the shredded paper towel pieces on the saturated bed sheet that had been strewn across the dining-room table, I finally realized I’d had enough.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB Dear readers, it's me, Kenny

    I have bad knees. I have been told to blame my grandmother. I have also been told to blame her for my love of animals. Today, we celebrate the 100th Critter Companions column.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE mummies 1 033014.jpg 'Mummies of the World' exhibit arrives in Buffalo

    As visitors arrived for the recent NCAA basketball tournament games in Buffalo, a much older group of visitors arrived via motorcade at the Buffalo Museum of Science — but these newcomers to the Queen City wouldn’t be seeking out a place to have a beer between games or where to find the region’s best chicken wings.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - double trouble RGB Years later, still spending sunny days on Sesame Street

    I always knew we’d hit “the Elmo years.”

    Going into parenthood, it seemed like a given. Both my husband and I  were “Sesame Street” fans from childhood ourselves, and we were happy enough to pass it on to a new generation. And we knew, having friends with children of the applicable age, that in this day and age “Sesame Street” equalled Elmo, the squeaky-voiced “furry red menace” (thus dubbed by Oscar the Grouch) of parents everywhere.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Local Restaurant Week 2 033014.jpg Back for another bite

    As spring finally starts to unfold in Western New York, residents are likely eager to get out of their houses — and organizers of Local Restaurant Week hope they’ll consider eating out as they do that.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wineries invite visitors to take a Taste of the Trail

    If one weekend of food and wine pairings is a good thing, two weekends of food and wine pairings must be even better.

    For the first time, the Taste of the Trail event, which takes place Friday through April 6 and April 11 to 13 on the Niagara Wine Trail, will be split into two weekends, with half the trail’s wineries taking part the first weekend and half the second, said Elizabeth Maute, wine trail coordinator.

    March 31, 2014

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Rewards for playing nice

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE signs of spring 1 032314.jpg Region's favorite signs of spring gear up for season

    Ah, the signs of spring: The birdsong, the flowers, the green grass, the flowing waters of the Erie Canal or Niagara River ... and the words “Opening soon” on the marquee of your favorite seasonal business.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo