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Zentangle background and research

Welcome to our dedicated page exploring the fascinating world of Zentangle, a unique art form that blends creativity with mindfulness. Here, we delve deep into the background, research, and scientific basis of Zentangle, understanding its impact on mental well-being. Our journey takes us through various studies and expert insights, revealing how this simple yet profound practice of pattern-drawing can offer significant benefits, from reducing stress and anxiety to enhancing focus and self-expression. Whether you are a curious newcomer or a seasoned practitioner, this page, which is being added to gives you some of the art and science behind Zentangle, enriching your understanding and appreciation of this mindful art form.

Unveiling the Zen of Zentangle

A Path to Mindful Creativity

At its core, Zentangle is a method of creating abstract art through structured patterns. It's a simple yet powerful way to relax, focus, and unleash creativity. You only need three tools to start: a pencil, pen, and a piece of paper. There's no right or wrong in Zentangle; it's all about embracing and incorporating any unintended marks into your creation.

The Science Behind the Serenity: Recent research has highlighted the significant benefits of practicing Zentangle. A study published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy found that participants who engaged in Zentangle showed significant reductions in negative affect and anxiety, as well as improvements in self-compassion, especially with regular practice. Moreover, the Women's Brain Health Initiative reports that Zentangle not only reduces stress and anxiety but also enhances focus, creativity, and self-confidence. It's a practice that yields benefits quickly, sometimes even after just one session.

Why Zentangle?


Zentangle offers a unique blend of artistic creativity and mindfulness. It's not just about the beautiful images you create; it's about the process itself. The method encourages a state of focused relaxation, helping to alleviate stress, improve mental clarity, and foster a sense of peace. It's a perfect escape from the daily grind, offering a tranquil haven for your mind and soul.

Join the Movement: Starting January 10th, our certified Zentangle teacher will lead a series of six sessions, each priced at less than 12 euros as an introductory offer. This is a unique opportunity to learn and practice Zentangle in a guided, supportive environment. The sessions are designed to be inclusive and accessible, making Zentangle an ideal practice for everyone, regardless of artistic background.

 Zentangle is more than just drawing; it's a journey into mindfulness and creativity. Whether you're looking to de-stress, explore your creative side, or simply try something new

Women's Brain Health Initiative

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With Zentangle, it is the process that matters more than the end product. Yes, tangling does produce unique and beautiful pieces of art, but art-making is not the primary purpose. Rather, the main goal is to help you relax, reduce stress, and reach a mindful state.

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Effects on Affective Well-Being:

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A pilot randomised controlled trial conducted by Chung et al. (2022) focused on the immediate and two-week post-intervention effects of Zentangle on affective well-being in the general population. This study involved participants engaging in a two-hour Zentangle class led by a certified teacher, followed by encouraged practice for two weeks. The findings indicated significant reductions in negative affect in the Zentangle group compared to the control group, both immediately and two weeks post-intervention. Furthermore, participants who practiced Zentangle for more than 80 minutes per week experienced significant reductions in anxiety symptoms and improvements in self-compassion​ (

Benefits for Healthcare Workers:

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A study aimed at promoting the physical and mental health of rural healthcare workers through Zentangle art-based intervention revealed positive outcomes. This quasi-experimental pilot study found that participating in Zentangle art workshops effectively relieved stress, reduced workplace stress and frustration, enhanced self-efficacy, and increased commitment to work among healthcare workers. The study highlighted the ability of Zentangle art to provide employees with multiple channels for expressing emotions, ultimately improving their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being​​. (

Calm Down and Get Your Zentangle on

A blog post by Malchiodi (2014)  in Psychology Today

 This blog post in Psychology Tody explains the theory and approach of Zentangle and how it differs from doodling. The author also discussed how Zentangle can be calming and self-soothing, as well as enhance mindfulness meditation. The author cited some of the preliminary research on the Zentangle process that indicated that it has measurable relaxation benefits, especially if one accepts the process as one with no expected outcome other than the enjoyment of putting the pen to paper and staying open to whatever emerges. (A blog post by Malchiodi (2014)  in Psychology Today

A workshop by Stanford University (2022)

introduced the Zentangle method to beginners and explained how it can help reduce stress and increase mindfulness. The workshop also taught participants how to create various patterns and designs using Zentangle. The workshop description stated that Zentangle is impossible to make a mistake and can help calm anxious thoughts and foster mindfulness

A university led workshop

Studies and stories on's website

When Rick and Maria discovered Zentangle, they expected the Zentangle Method to increase creativity, focus and self-confidence but what they have found over the years is that it reaches far beyond their original expectations.They have shared  stories and studies about the many benefits of The Zentangle Method and how it is being used all over the globe.

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