Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sketchbook: Zentangles

doodles by jafabrit
I had a friend who asked me, "oh, have you tried zentangle, it's so cool", like it was some new craft or artform. So I checked it out and had to laugh. Just a fancy term for something most of my friends and I did back in school many many many moons ago (60's and 70's). I thought I would sit and do a few and WHAM! before I knew it four hours had passed. I think to myself, "uh huh, Zentangle is a good word for this kind of doodling, but I think I will probably continue to call them what I've always called them, doodles.

Zentangle Love on flickr

I find embroidery to be particularly meditative in the same way. Maybe I should call it ZenBroidery

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I am coming across some people who are making the mistake in thinking that if a work of art/images or photographs on the internet don't have a copyright symbol on it it is fair game to copy or use. It is NOT!

"Copyright protection arises automatically once an original work of authorship is fixed in a tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed; e.g., written, filmed, recorded. It does not require that a copyright notice be placed on the work, that the work be published, or that the work be deposited or registered with the Copyright Office or any other body."

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Marcia said...

I was also astonished to find people making money selling "learn to do" kits! Wish I'd thought of that.

I really like your graffiti embroidery!

deb said...

we used to call it taking your pencil for a walk :)

JafaBrit's Art said...

The claim I saw on one blog is that the couple who coined the term came up with the method? ? ? That is an astonishing claim considering this kind of doodles have been around for as long as I remember.

Debrina said...

"I'll show you mine, if you show me yours":

Love Debs

Debrina said...

Oh, here's the other one. I like to incorporate the doodling into my mail art:

Janvangogh said...

Came across zentangles a bit ago. Funny. I was doing the same thing in the 60'/70's too, Jaf.

JafaBrit's Art said...

deb, your doodles are really fab.

You must have felt the same as me then Jan when you saw the newfangled term :)

Fiona Leonard said...

Brilliant! These sorts of things are wonderful for home schooling - a neat trick to pull out on those 'I'm bored!' day.

Bored? Really??? Let's try Zentangles!

It's all in the marketing...

JafaBrit's Art said...

Oh anything to keep those little fingers busy Fiona and I bet kids would have fun with this. And I agree about the marketing, very clever.

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