I met a friend from work the other day to talk about blogs, careers and inspiration. She mentioned that she had tried an adult colouring book and was hooked. I like the idea of art books for adults. Just because we are no longer at school doesn't mean we can't enjoy a crafty session now and then.
I can really see why an adult art book would be popular. The outline for the design it already there and you just have to make it stunning. For me though, I think I would like to be the one to create the design as well as be the one who colours it in. The adult colouring books I have looked at are also really expensive. So I was really pleased when I covered an art class at school where I had to introduce Zentangles.
It is a technique where you are doodling, but with structure. It doesn’t matter whether you think you are artistic or not. I think anyone could create a striking Zentangle. All you need is a fine black marker pen and paper.
Here is the video clip of how to create them.
The students and I had a great morning creating these doodles and I felt zen for the rest of the day. I have even starting writing a short story, which is great. I definitely recommend doodling for inspiration.
Here are my Zentangles.
A.J. York is a middle grade and children's writer. Author of Delilah Dusticle, Eliza Bluebell and A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story. A.J York has a Swedish and British background and currently lives in Gothenburg, Sweden.