Pat Ferguson became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in May 2010. Immediately she recognized the connection between the patterns learned through Zentangle and the free motion quilting patterns used on quilts.
What is a Zentangle? In a word, a doodle. A structured, contained doodle. The term 'Zentangle' was coined by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas when, one day, Maria described her experience, as she created her art, as "feeling timeless, free and engendering a sense of deep well-being". Rick recognised that she was in a meditative state and so Zentangles were born.
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.
We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.
We invite you to explore our web site and learn more about this wonderful and uplifting method and artform.
What is Zen Quilting?
Pat Ferguson became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in May 2010. Immediately she recognized the connection between the patterns learned through Zentangle and the free motion quilting patterns used on quilts. She also realized that the relaxation and focus of Zentangle could be beneficial to her machine quilting students. After all, machine quilting is not easy but it is extremely rewarding.
Merging the principles of Zentangle with her many years of machine quilting experience, Pat developed the concept of Zen Quilting!
Working on small black and white quilts allows one to focus on machine stitching. Focus creates relaxation, relaxation encourages creativity. Adapting Zentangle patterns that are "continuous line" enables quilters to add to their machine quilting pattern library, resulting in unique quilts. Completing these small quilts gives a sense of accomplishment. All contribute to successful Zen Quilting.
"Zen Dahlia" was Pat's first large Zen Quilt. Discovering Zentangle set the stage for the creation of this whole cloth quilt and gave the focus and confidence needed to carry it through.
Zentangle = filling odd shaped spaces with repetitive patterns using pen and paper. Developed by Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas
Zen Quilting = filling odd shaped spaces with repetitive patterns using machine stitches and thread. Develpoed by Pat Ferguson
Characteristics of Zentangle
With the Zentangle method, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and easy to do. And even though it is a specified series of steps, it results in a creative expression that transcends its own rules.
Fun and Relaxing
Creating Zentangle art provides a fun and lighthearted way to relax and intentionally facilitate a shift in focus and perspective. Zentangle's method of creating art is unencumbered by dogma and cost which can weigh on other approaches. Nevertheless, it is sufficiently structured and organized so you can enjoy and benefit from an activity that otherwise might be considered whimsical.
With our Zentangle method we encourage you to not have a preconceived idea of your final result. Following this somewhat unusual approach, your creation is not restricted by your expectations.
Repetitive, simple steps are part of the Zentangle method. These steps support relaxation, focus and inspiration. It can be a wonderful daily ritual.
Creating designs, manipulating symbols and putting pen to paper is part of our human heritage. In a time of keyboards, computer mice, and cell phones, the simple strokes that are part of the Zentangle method automatically engage you in a comfort and familiarity of timeless, basic creativity.
Everything you need to create beautiful Zentangle art can fit in your pocket. This easy to learn method of relaxed focus can be done almost anywhere, alone or in groups, without any special abilities or costly equipment.
Our Zentangle Kit is elegantly designed, crafted and presented. If you are going to do something, then do it with the finest tools and materials available. We use the best paper and pens available to ensure your Zentangle creations will be a respected and treasured work of art. Unlike other methods of relaxation and focus, you not only feel good, you get a side effect of beautiful art to be appreciated, collected, chronicled and reflected upon for years to come.
Our Zentangle tools and method are not limited by technology. Your creativity is not directed by how someone else wrote a particular program, nor does it need batteries or electricity. Our Zentangle approach provides a counterbalance to our increasing use of computers, mice, screens and keyboards. It returns us to that fundamentally human behavior of manipulating symbols and putting marks on paper. Nothing is pre-programmed. Your creativity is your only limit and this Zentangle method has a way of increasing and inspiring expression of your personal creativity.
It is an empowering and uplifting experience to learn that you can deliberately relax and intentionally direct your attention while creating beautiful works of art.
Pat Ferguson Author of “Zen Quilting Workbook” Award Winning & Published Quilter/Teacher
PO Box 406
Ashford, CT 06278-0406