Zentangle kits come with pens, pencils and paper that artists use to create structured and repetitive patterns. While Zentangle patterns follow rules, artists transcend structure and shift their perspective to come up with unique drawings that are intuitive and creative. The Zentangle method reportedly fosters relaxation and inspiration, and some people use it to focus their creative energy in a daily ritual. However, some users report that Zentangle is simply glorified doodling and that the kits are too expensive.
Zentangle kits come with 34 small sheets of acid-free, heavyweight, cotton artists' paper that the company calls tiles because the artist can arrange them in mosaics of several pieces. The tiles are 3 1/2 inches square. The kits contain two black pens filled with archival ink and pigments. The waterproof, neutral-pH ink dries quickly and is permanent. The kits also include two soft pencils and a pencil sharpener.
For those who need instruction in Zentangle, the kits come with a booklet and DVD. The instructional DVD, which has no spoken words and only a few written words, demonstrates how to complete a Zentangle. The kits also have a Zentangle legend with 20 Tangles and instructions on how to draw them on the back.