What’s a ZIA?
ZIA is short for “Zentangle Inspired Art”. While the Zentangle Method is specific in its philosophy and principles (non-representational, no mistakes, no rulers, keeping it simple), it’s only natural that enthusiasts would find Zentangle-inspired attributes spilling over into other art forms. It’s a way of stretching the ‘rules’ of Zentangle in ways that retain the original Zentangle intention of being relaxing, enjoyable and
ZIAs can have any or all of these characteristics:
- patterns are tangled on something other than a 3.5″ tile – like a coffee cup, greeting card, Christmas ornament, plant pots, stones, fabric, a journal cover…
- colour can be used, either in the drawing
itself,or in embellishment – think sharpies, watercolour, pencil crayons, fabric paint ….
- can be representational – you can take a template/line drawing and tangle inside
- rulers and/or more complex designs might be employed – mandalas are a beautiful example of this