Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Small (class) is Beautiful

13th December, 2015, Bangalore.

The workshop had balanced representation of both genders! Two each.

Usha Pk, a home maker, says in her feedback,

" Enjoyed the workshop. Would love to come back for another one.Learning never ends. Thanks a lot for yummy food ma'am. Thanks a lot Dilip and ma'am for every thing"

Krishna Mohan, a Civil Engineer found it as 'an excellent course' and wanted to have a formal prayer/meditation added...

Deepak Tiwari says, " Session was awesome and it was a great learning experience"

And Urvashi Bakhru, a health care professional summed up her feed back saying,

" Excellent learning with the teachers.Absolutely fun art, lot to learn in the coming days! And the food was fantastic"

Though a small group (last minute drop outs were rather high), it was a very satisfying  experience. Truly, small is beautiful!

Here are their 12 tiles-

Engrossed in tangling!

Pride of Creation!


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

ABC of Zentangle...L

A little Zen, and some Tangles..
( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

I am very happy to present here the next edition of the series with letter L

L stands for Love, Life and Liberty.

And the Zentangle art presented here is created using four L tangle patterns-Laced, Leaflet, Lokomotive and LUV-A. The video gives hand holding demonstration of using these patterns.

While Laced has a potential to dramatic 3D effect with a large scope of white space, LUV-A can fill any space being an organic pattern. It also produces random  black and white balance making the space magical. Lokomotive provides rhythm where as Leaflet creates 3D effect. Over all, all these patterns are interesting and effective to create Zentangle art.

The L video

And now some zen...

Love unites all universally. No boundaries of geographic nature, nor psychological kind can prevent love from casting its magic. The problem is, for love to find its place in one's action, it has to cross the hurdles of ego, excessive desires, anger, selfishness, greed or envy. Practicing meditation is said to be driving one towards overcoming the above mentioned hurdles. And since practicing Zentangle  is credited to create a meditative state of mind, it would be reasonable to say that practicing zentangle would create more love in the nature of the tanglers.

Life is either governed by Love, or Fear, or by the combination of the two. Thus enhancing love would enhance the life! And what could be more liberating situation than the love enhancing life??

Happy tangling,


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Mono Tangle Trees by my students and other tanglers 2

And here are some more trees..
for Diva's Challenge no. 246

By Nidhi Aggarwal:



Mono tangle trees by my students and other tanglers

Diva's Challenge no. 246 has attracted some of the Zentangle enthusiasts in India to create trees. Since they do not have a url, I have offered to host them here.

Please encourage them by your feedback.

1. By Aditi Parikh:

2. By Dipti Jois:

3. By Vijaya Geetha



Zentangle® at Mentor Conclave, 2015

2nd December, 2015 

A new experiment. I had a great opportunity of introducing Zentangle® method to nearly 200 school principals and educators from across the country at an annual program called Mentor Conclave, at Bangalore, organised by an exclusive magazine for principals called Mentor. The two day event attracted over 300 registrants. The title was 'Zentangle in Education; Education in Zentangle'

The challenge was to make an effective presentation within 20 minutes!

I decided to even add a small experiential process.

We created 6 tiles with different tangle patterns used but left one segment blank in all the tiles. Got them printed out on card thickness board. We distributed one tile each to every participant along with a black ink pen.

After introducing the concept and benefits, we made every one in the audience to complete the tile by filling up the blank space with Tipples.

They all experienced silence, concentration and no other thoughts! I rested my case! A huge interest was generated, if I have to go by the questions they all put up. We have to wait and see how many of them invite us to teach Zentangle their teachers and students in coming days.

I must admit, though, that 20 minutes was too short. I had to over run my time by about 5-7 minutes.

Here are some visuals.

Listening with rapt attention

The pre-drawn tiles with one space left blank

Participants engrossed in completing the tiles with Tipples

Completed tiles they all took home.
And at the end I would like to leave you with the following link which gives out 7 reasons why you must learn Zentangle..

D I L I P, CZT09

Monday, 30 November 2015

Guest post to Diva's Challenges

It is a great honour...

to be invited to offer a guest post at Diva's weekly Challenges. Here is what I sent in for the Challenge no. 246. It is just a copy of what I have sent:

 Diva’s Challenge no. 246 Guest Post “Mono Tangle Trees”

Greetings from India, I am Dilip Patel, CZT09, honoured to offer guest challenge here this week.
My love affair with Zentangle began over 4 years ago when my wife, Malathi, going through a low phase then, discovered Zentangle on internet. I found a remarkable change of mood in her within a few weeks of practicing Zentangle, that I was forced to look at Zentangle seriously. As a trainer/learning facilitator I thought Zentangle would be a great tool added to my kitty.  Under strange circumstances I travelled to USA in 2012 and became the first CZT from India. Earlier this year, we got another opportunity to be in the US and this time Malathi too got minted as a CZT (21) making us a rare CZT couple in the World!

I had the honour of speaking at the CZT21 seminar this year where I presented my thoughts on using Zentangle method for creating some social good. I believe Zentangle has a potential to impact society in many ways.

In this challenge I propose to use Zentangle for one such issue and get each one of you involved in making a Zentangle statement for a great cause!

Choose any tangle pattern of your liking and create a tree using only the chosen tangle over strings representing a tree.

There is a dire need of afforestation in the World, and as leaders from 168 countries sit in Paris to deliberate the action plans to combat the climate change, we the tanglers must give out the afforestation message through the response to this week’s challenge. And one more thing you can do off paper, and that is, plant a tree, create a forest in your vicinity!

We have been working in our society in many ways in the field of environmental concerns. A big tree stands in front of our house which we had planted years ago.

Through our NGO, RR Nagar I Care, we have been involved in planting trees on the banks of a lake in our vicinity, populating a piece of forest nearby with more trees, and experimenting with creating community urban kitchen garden.

We grow vegetable plants on our terrace garden and create tree saplings, and then give away the saplings.

We use solar energy for heating water, cooking food etc…

Our blog sites:

So, let us create Zentangle Forests with variety of trees coming out from each one of you. There could be no better thanks giving process towards Nature.

Here are some of my  monotangle trees:

Thank You


Monday, 9 November 2015

Frugal Zentangle..

..Of a Frugal man who ever trod on this Earth..

Very appropriate to the diktat of the Diva's challenge no. 243( Minimal tangling, leaving a large space blank!), here is my response..
 Hope you liked it!


Friday, 25 September 2015

ABC of Zentangle..K

A little Zen, and some Tangles..
( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

I am back continuing this series, ABC of Zentangle, with the letter K

..K for Karma..

The zen part first...

Karma, a word adopted in the English language from Hinduism and Buddhism is defined by the dictionaries as  action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future ...

Wayne Dyer says, 'How people treat you is their karma, and how you react is your karma..' What goes around, comes around back.

How does practicing zentangle help one manage with his/her karma? Simply by learning not to react, but respond appropriately. And this wisdom can be developed by meditative benefits that the zentangle practice could deliver. 

And now the tangles..

The video here under demonstrates creation of the above zentangle art with four tangle patterns, Kandy Snake, Knot Rickz, Khirkee and Kalrav, the last named was created by yours truly! With this 11th video in the series, 47 different tangle patterns have been demonstrated. And by the time we reach the letter Z, we will cross the mark of 100 tangle patterns.

The series is very well received by the zentangle enthusiasts world over and already more than 2350 people have subscribed to my channel with over 175,000 views of the videos in less than a year! You too can subscribe.

The K Video:

Share it within your circle of influence and expand the world of zentangle!



Thursday, 20 August 2015

Another Mile Stone..H video

H video clocks 1,00,000 views...on 21st August, 2015.

One more mile stone . The ABC of Zentangle H video on my You Tube channel clicks 100,000 views in less than a year's period from the date of its being up loaded. A great moment to be recorded, and then move on.

Just to record that at this juncture, the total nos of combined views of all the published videos stands at 1,45,450, and the nos of subscribers to my channel stood at 2087.

Here is the link to the H video -


The mile stones are meant to be surpassed, and so will this one be! But let me sincerely thank all the viewers and subscribers of my videos to make me reach this milestone. I sincerely hope that my videos are helping the viewers to learn something about zentangles.


D I L I P 

Zentangle in News Paper..

When the newspapers pick up a subject, it means the subject has 'arrived'.

Here is the reproduction of an article which appeared on Aug 19th, 2015 in a Bangalore edition of a well respected National newspaper of commerce and economy in India.

Aug 19 2015 : The Economic Times (Bangalore)
ABSTRACT ART - City Entangled by Zentangle Art Craze

Zentangle is a major draw among techies, doctors & other professionals
What do a techie, a doctor, an entrepreneur, a designer and an artist have in common?
They doodle. Not random scribbles on notebook margins, but an abstract art that helps them combine professional advancement with meditation.They are practitioners of Zentangle, an emerging art form that draws from nature, textile prints or architectural monuments and simplifies these into dots, curved lines or circles used repetitively to create an abstract piece. All patterns are randomly juxtaposed with little or no preplanning, making for a near-meditative experience.
Dilip Patel, the first certified Zentangle teacher in India and the only one in the city , told ET that Bengaluru possibly has the highest number of Zentangle practitioners and enthusiasts.“There are over 150 of them so far and the number is growing,“ Patel said.
Dr Vijaya Geeta, a clinical psychologist practising in Halasuru, uses Zentangle to create artbased therapy sessions and counselling.
“The lines that patients draw during a session reflect their suppressed emotions. The resultant case histories that I gather help me study human mannerisms in depth,“ she said. “Concentrating on creating patterns without a specific image in mind helps you relax, concentrate better on work and live in the moment. It also helps manage anger and improve dexterity .“
For Neha Agrawal, an employee of Tech Mahindra, Zentangle is meditation. “ All you need is a pen and a paper. So that when you work without a break, you can just log off for a bit and make a quick, small sketch.“
It isn't by accident that Zentangle works as an effective meditative or therapeutic tool. It was created by Americans Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, a monk and a calligrapher who decided to combine their skills to create an art form benefiting both artists and non-artists.
One such artist is city-based Umesh Prasad, who is incorporating Zentangle designs into his area of specialization -metalembossed artifacts. “You don't think of an outcome while creating designs so it is a different way of visualising creative output, where expression moves into the realm of perspectives,“ Prasad said. His next exhibition will have 40 artifacts, including Zentangle-based designs.
Designer Remya Dharmarajan uses Zentangle patterns in the logos and brochures she designs and Neha Chawla, cofounder of Silver Talkies, a website for senior citizens, writes about Zentangle and conducts workshops for the elderly .
Carol Pinto, owner of the creative studio Bloom and Grow, said that unlike other art workshops that are attended by all age groups, Zentangle enquiries come from serious learners.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015


The tangles to be used are CACK, TROPICANA, and any/some of LINQ, FLORZ or FESCU.

I have used Linq and Florz along with Cack and Tropicana in this Diva's challenge no. 227 by blogger Lee Darter.

Hope you like it


Thursday, 18 June 2015


Using colors in Zentangle..

Here are a few of my responses to Diva's challenge no. 222

I am searching for a comfort level using colors in zentangle...



Wednesday, 10 June 2015

A milestone of 1,00,000 Viewership...

On my Youtube Channel.

My videos, conceived under the series 'ABC of Zentangle', accelerated the viewership and in less than a year have delivered one hundred thousand ( one lac in Indian terminology) views, with 1557 subscriptions from across the Globe.

Thank you viewers and subscribers for your patronage. Expect more videos soon.

And for the visitors unknown to my Youtube channel, click on the link below to access all my videos demonstrating scores of tangle patterns.. You too may like to subscribe!


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Straight is bent..

Paradoxically, straight is bent!

Here is my response to Diva's challenge no. 219



Thursday, 21 May 2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015


Dual tangles Bunzo and Dex

Here is my response to the Diva's challenge no. 217


D I L I P 

Thursday, 7 May 2015

New Tangle KALRAV

The story develops with (Um)brella..

Clouds loom large, and the birds create....KALRAV ( collective chirping)

Yes, here is my response to the UMT (Brella) challenge ( no. 216 by Diva )

And the birds you see are forming a new tangle that I created a few months ago, and named it as KALRAV, meaning collective chirping of the birds in an Indian language Gujarati.

Here are the step outs.

Here are some examples using Kalrav:

Let me have your feedback


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Z-I workshop at Bangalore on 11th April 2015

It was held at my home, at Raja Rajeshwari nagar, Bangalore

We were expecting around 10 participants, but we ended up with just 3. it happens. The uncertainties of life! May be we will have another opportunity with the ones who could not make it...

Here are some pictures which could weave the story...

Pallavi's FIRST tile!

Lalita's FIRST zentangle creation!

Dr Sandhya's FIRST operation zentangle!




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