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Yoga for Your Brain: A Zentangle Workout Paperback – January 1, 2011
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When I first heard the term, Zentangle, I thought, "How fun and creative! I've just got to learn more about this." What I soon discovered, is that Zentangles are merely a form of doodling (an art form that has been in existence for centuries), in which you put together various doodles to create one, more complexed piece. The key, and the reason for the term, Zentangles, is that by incorporating various doodles into one piece, you are exercising the brain in such a way that it literally helps you become more calm and relaxed de-stressed. So when I heard about the book, "Yoga for your Brain" I was excited to see just how various pattern-drawings can work together to help the brain relax, calm down after a long day, and de-stress after a an emotionally trying experience. Sadly, I learned none of these things. "Yoga for your Brain" isn't about showing you how to use various pattern-drawings during various situations in your life, and it explains absolutely nothing about the Zentangle method other than a brief recap of what a Zentangle is (which is located in the beginning of the book). But wait! The book's not a complete loss. If you are familiar with Zentangles (which the book presumes you are), and you already understand its concept, then this is a great follow-up book. It takes you step-by-step through 60 new pattern-drawings. In the book you get a quick refresher course on the basics of Zentangles, how to use shading to enhance a pattern, how curves help accent a piece, and how to use small boxes to break down a complicated pattern and make it manageable. There's even a few tutorials on how to create a circular mindmap, transfer images using Sheer Heaven, create foam plates, use foam plates for printmaking, and make sculptures out of rocks that have been drawn on. And the best part is that it is full of sketches and photos, making the process of learning these 60 new pattern-drawings a breeze! Based on the contents of the book alone, and not what I had hoped the book to be, I could say that it's a book worth purchasing if you're ready to take your doodling to the next level, that is!
When I first saw the book and the pictures, I immediately thought of quilting. I am a quilter and many of these patterns (bales & botto) match patterns in quilt tops or blocks (Pumpkin seeds & Drunkards path) and in the quilting that joins the sandwich of the quilt. Bellaposa is very much like a quilting feather pattern. The main difference between Zentangles and quilting would be the small detail lines that only a prize winning (read insane) quilter will sew into a quilt due to the time it would take. The author does mention quilting as a source of inspiration for her "Ballenchain" taken from the "Wedding Ring" block/pattern. The author makes an assumption that if you're reading this book, you already know the basic Zentangles, which I didn't. She does cover some of the basics but also uses terminology for beginning designs that I haven't seen to know what she was talking about. There are oodles of references to the doodles (Zentangles) in previous publications. I do like many of her names for her Zentangles - Ballenchain (Ball and chain based on the wedding ring - bad marriage experience?) and Pingline (penguins in a line). The reading is easy and light. The author's style is fun and whimsy. She covers more in this book that I first realize. Beyond drawing fun patterns, she discusses ... - shading - finding and copying new designs - ways to track your designs - journaling - ways to develop new ideas for patterns - how to use drawing to clear your thoughts and track your to do's - how to transfer your Zentagles onto other surfaces with useful tips - printing your design multiple times - using alternate materials - drawing on rocks instead of paper Extra items in the book that I appreciated is an index to find an example of that design and even more, explicitly mentioning what product or tool she used to achieve the shown Zentangle with URLs to the products. Very helpful if I wanted to achieve the same look. I'd recommend the book to long-arm quilters and doodlers who want to up their game.
Zentangle is meditation achieved through patternmaking, allowing you to focus, relax your mind and boost your creative confidence. Zentangle is the perfect exercise to keep that big muscle inside your skull flexible. Yoga for the Brain pages are jam-packed with Zentangle ideas, tips, projects and 60 new tangles.
With a name like "Yoga for Your Brain" I expected it to be some sort of guided meditation and brain workouts - more of mental mind games, or visualizations. Well, it's pretty visual, but it's more active than I expected. The book takes you through making "Zentangles " which are quite neat works of art. The author's, obviously, look wonderful and are mesmerizing. Mine? Not so much. I have a good eye for art, but terrible hands for creating it. But that's not the point - the point is the process. If you like the idea of meditation for relaxation but are unable to really clear your mind of external thoughts, try this book. By thinking about the art you're creating, you really do lose sight of other stresses. If you already do meditation but want to try something new, or you love creating art and want to get into meditation, this book is perfect for you too.
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It's thin, and I'll admit I was a bit stunned at how thin, but then I opened it up, and there's so much going on on each page! Techniques (the best discussion of shading I've seen), tangles, exercises, tips, you name it!
It also discusses other uses of the tangle--such as basic printmaking, transfers, using them in journal pages, and of all the cool things, painting rocks!
Did I mention there are more than 60 new tangles? There's an index at the back for them, too, which is such a handy feature.
If you have her first book, you probably don't need to read this review to put this on your must-have list, but if you don't and you've been tangling for a while, you need this! And if you're just beginning, or need some inspiration at how amazing and dazzling they can be, you need this book! It will keep your mind and pen flying!
Yoga for Your Brain a Zentangle Workout
"Tangled Women" in this book is one of my favorites. I think the author had had some difficult time keeping the Yoga theme going on in this book :O)
This book has about 60 new zentangles.
There is also more ideas and instructions of drawing paisley, shading, painting rocks and printmaking.
Then there are tips (e.g. inkjet colors that can bleed through, etc)
I would recommend this book if you like zentangles and drawing.
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I also like the humor in her books- definitely no pressure art that ANYONE can do.
If you like to doodle- and want to take it to the next level in art creations- you will like this book.
The contents deserve 5 stars, though, and I would still recommend it to anyone who loves Zentangles. There are some great patterns, and a wealth of ideas for using them in everyday life, enhancing them with shading and color, and developing your own patterns from real life. She also talks about printing tangles from foam plates and using transfers.
Deserves to be in the library of any Zentangle aficionado.
Softcover, 51 pages. Published by Design Originals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
STRETCH YOUR MIND....Once you start on Zentangles your doodles will never be the same, soon you'll be seeing patterns in everything you look at, designing your own Zentangles... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lane Johnson
What a disappointment! This book is aimed at a much younger beginner.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A friend of mine has been using this book for a long time and I finally broke down and got my own copy. It really is a very good book for those of us who enjoy Zentangle.Published 3 months ago by Beth Y.
This is a nice little book to get you started in the art of Zentangle. I have come to realize that all Zentangle books are the same, so if you already have some Zentangle books you... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Azul
One of the best Zentangle books out there and I have bought a few.
This author is great- her enthusiasm just pours out of the pages. Read more
Yet another ZenTangle book. It was good, but lots of the information is repeated from other books.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer