This act of repetitiveness can be relaxing and soothing, much like when you coloured in a picture when you were a child. Many artists who use this format report feeling they are in a meditative state during this process.
Zentangles are a mirror of nature as they are created through fractal patterns. These are patterns that repeat in nature, but no two results are alike because the potential for fractal patterns appears to be limitless.
There are many different fractal patterns to be found in nature such as lightening bolts, crystals, mountain goat horns, leaves, and even our own DNA. But the most well known fractal pattern is that of a snowflake. No two are the same despite the repeating patterns.
Zentangles show us that each of us is unique in our own way. We each mostly have the same pattern of arms, legs, nose, personality etc - but no two of us are exactly alike. We appear to be an infinite fractal pattern. Zentangles also teach us we can create amazing complexity just from simple rhythmic strokes.
This is a Zentangle I created based on an experience in my childhood of loss. Whilst loss has a pattern to it such as grief, pain and eventual healing - no two losses are ever alike. This particular loss is one that has come back to guide me much later in life.