Sketching Zen art ideas to help you relax
Posted on May 16, 2013
Today I love to tell you about my hobby: Zen art sketching. Does it seem familiar to you? Not yet? So, after this post, you will no longer be strange to Zen art. Beside making DIY home décor, doing some sketching will also help you relax after hard-working hours and bring you some beautiful word art to decorate your DIY Office Decor, isn’t it great? Keep scrolling to find out many Zen art ideas from The Crafty Pioneer.
What is Zen art
The term “Zen art” is used in two ways.
- Zen art is when an art form is done at the same time as, or as a focus for, any traditional Zen exercise (meditation, mantra recitation, etc.).
- It’s a way of doing art that in the long term reveals insights into the nature of reality or consciousness.
In this article, we will explain Zen art in a second way.
Why I love Zen art sketching
I had a very enjoyable visit with my blogging friend Eleanor at KnitNell today and I was so taken with her post that I decided to do my own little piece on the same subject. Eleanor gives a whole series of pointers in starting to sketch and I would agree with every one of them.
Let me just make it clear that I haven’t done any sketching for a few years now but reading her article brought back to me how much joy sketching can bring and all the angst that comes up when you talk to people about drawing.
I have heard it countless times and to be honest I used to say the same things myself. “I don’t have the talent”, “you’re either born with it or you’re not” “I can only draw stick people” etc., etc. The truth is that while there are those who have natural talent and need no coaching in how to create wonderful pieces of art, the vast majority of us need a bit more help and encouragement.
What I do to improve my sketching skill
The first revelation I learned (in my 30’s) was that sketching is a skill and it can be learned! How exciting. As my teacher said: “you weren’t born knowing how to drive a car – it was a skill that was taught to you and it was only after much practice that you got good at it”.
I still wasn’t convinced of course and I think that that was largely due to the internal critic playing in my head. You know the one that says things like: “well that’s a load of rubbish isn’t it?” “You’re never going to get any better at this – might as well give up” etc., etc. At this point, most of us will give up – hide our shameful attempts from view and avoid ridicule from others at all costs.
Why should you find a teacher for Zen art sketching
This is the point where the right teacher or creative confidante can make all the difference. Someone who you can trust enough to share your artistic endeavors without fear of judgment or ridicule. Someone who will give words of encouragement and honest feedback (notice I don’t use the word praise here because whilst we all enjoy a bit of praise there isn’t much to be gained from someone giving you “oh its lovely” all the time).
I am sharing some sketches from many artists on Pinterest. Rather, it is about making marks on paper that have meaning to you, no one else. Marks on paper can not be deemed ‘good’ or ‘bad’ they are simply marks (very zen art sketching I know).
What I love in Zen sketching
Another very ‘zen’ thing about sketching is the meditative state you enter into – this is probably the thing I miss most about it: the losing sense of time and yet being wholly present and soaking up the sights, sounds, smells so that forevermore when you look at that sketch, everything about that time will come back to you in an instant.
The sketch (left) was of a little boy playing on the beach at Ricketts Point in January 2004 – when I look at it I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I am pretty certain that a photo of the same scene would not give me the same emotional connection.
The other great thing about a sketchbook is doodling. Whatever craft you are into, doodling is a fantastic way to keep new ideas rolling and Laurie makes absolutely brilliant use of her doodles in her quilting designs.
A bit of doodling never hurt anyone!
Another fun exercise (particularly if you’re not in the mood for taking the sketchbook out) is to take a photo from a magazine (see below) and extend it either with pencil or paint – in other words just have some fun and make your mark!
Zen art sketching is a good method to relax and a beautiful way to decorate your house. Why don’t you start making your artwork right now?
I am Amelia Baker – a single mom and blogger.
I used to work as a nurse in Michigan for 7 years. After I realize my passion for crafting, I decided to quit my job and move to my hometown with my family. Now I am working as a blogger, a craftsman and the most importantly, a full-time mother.