Zentangle artist Caren Mlot to be featured as November artist of the month
What is Zentangle? It’s a popular new method for creating beautiful images from structured patterns. Even “non-artists” will be amazed by the artwork they can create. Because of the size of a Zentangle and the simplicity of the materials used, Zentangles can be created anywhere, by a wide age range from children to adults. Unlike most art forms, when you begin a Zentangle you usually have no idea what the result will be. Choose one pattern, then add another and another, and you end up with a beautiful design. The possibilities are endless.
Creating Zentangles has been shown to help reduce stress, increase focus and produce a state of relaxation. These attributes have made Zentangle a useful tool in the management of ADHD and anger issues as well as improving self-esteem and creativity.
The popularity of Zentangle has spread worldwide and has now been introduced to the greater Charleston area by Certified Zentangle Teacher Caren Mlot of Mount Pleasant. Mlot’s artwork recently drew the attention of the Artist & Craftsman Supply staff who asked her to display some of her Zentangle designs as November’s featured artist at the store in downtown Charleston.
“I was honored to be chosen as the featured artist for November and am thrilled to have the opportunity for others to see what Zentangle is all about,” Mlot said.
“I first learned about Zentangle a few years ago and immediately was hooked,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that I could put pen to paper and create such a beautiful drawing. The fact that it reduces stress and helps me relax was just an added benefit.
“Anything is Possible One Stroke at a Time,” is the trademarked mantra of Zentangle. Created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the Zentangle method is designed to be simple to understand and easy to enjoy.
Some Zentangle enthusiasts travel to New England to attend CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) training led by Roberts and Thomas, learning the intricacies of the Zentangle method and then returning home to spread the word to both adults and children through classes and workshops.
Mlot, who attained the CZT accreditation in October 2011, has been offering classes in Mount Pleasant since January 2012, with her next Zentangle Basics class for adults scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5 at Hobby Lobby. Several advanced classes are also offered to anyone who has taken the introductory class. Mlot’s Zentangle artwork will be on display and available for purchase at the 17th annual Dunes West Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, Nov. 9.
While the “official” Zentangle medium is a 3-1/2 inch square tile, many “tanglers” have applied the Zentangle method to other media, including wood, glass, metal, fabric, etc. A search for “Zentangle” on the on-line marketplace Etsy.com brings up jewelry, wooden words, vases, bookmarks, framed art, and dozens of other items.
To view samples of Mlot’s Zentangle inspired artwork, you can visit her web site at www.tanglemania.com and click on the Gallery link or see the photos attached to this email.