Visual art comes in many forms and mediums. Some are harder to learn for beginners and some require a lot of investments in the tools, space and time.
The Zentangle Method was created in 2003 by Rick Roberts, who used to practice meditation (the Zen) as a monk and Maria Thomas, who is a calligrapher (the Tangle). Hence, the Zentangle method reinforces the mental health benefits of practicing visual art with the mindfulness component. The Zentangle method is meditative and has similar effects as a mindfulness meditation.
The method is so easy to learn and is suitable for anyone with or without art background. A new learner requires minimal tools to commence the process.
Today, The Zentangle method has been spread around the world with more than 6,000 Certified Zentangle Teachers in more than 60 countries, including Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia and South America.
Several research findings have shown that the Zentangle method can reduce anxiety. (Schwarzer et, al;), promotes self awareness and creative problem solving. (Kopeschny. 2016); and reduce stress; (Rachel Immel 2020).
Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix even included this into the New Student Orientation program.