Relieving Stress Through Artwork

In a normal year, adulthood gives us plenty of things we can worry about. Then came 2020, the year in which everyone's anxiety levels got cranked up to eleven and beyond. What's worse is that all the things we would normally do to make ourselves feel better like getting together with friends and family, taking a vacation, going to a movie, a sports event or a concert, or just out to lunch or dinner have become part of the problem, too. 

One thing I find helpful when I'm anxious is drawing. In fact, I've been an incurable doodler all my life. When my hands are busy and my mind is engaged in telling them what to do, I feel my worries subside. If I'd had the opportunity to loll on a beach in Hawaii this year, I'd probably be doodling there, too. Meditative artwork won't solve long term problems, but why not give it a try as a short-term stress-buster? Check out this list of suggested titles to get started.

Zentangles and Other Art Forms For Stress Relief

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Drawing is a great way to occupy both your mind and hands for relaxation and stress- busting. Got a few minutes? Give it a try.

Created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the Zentangle method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. The Beauty of Zentangle celebrates this simple but elegant new craft with hundreds of sensational one-of-a-kind designs from around the world.

The concept was started by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas as a way to practice focus and meditation through drawing, by using repetitive lines, marks, circles, and shapes. Each mark is called a "tangle," and you combine various tangles into patterns to create "tiles" or small square drawings. This step-by-step book is divided into 6 chapters, each with 7 daily exercises.

Zentangle(r) is an easy-to-learn method of pattern drawing that reduces stress while promoting creativity. This beautiful book is filled with examples of Zentangle drawings as well as other art projects and compelling stories from those who have improved their well-being through Zentangle"

Use Zentangle patterns to create holiday season art, and introduce children to drawing.

More ideas for meditative drawing using the repetitive patterns of Zentangle.

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