Zen Art

Welcome to my Zen Art Therapy gallery. As part of my journal therapy process, I also do a lot of what we call zen art. This particular type of art was meant as a process to relax your mind, focusing, and in some ways, express yourself through abstract-style art. While many people go through their art therapy through adult coloring books, a few of us would rather just go freestyle and create small pieces of art that may be meant to be added in an adult coloring book.

One of my (probably unrealistic) goals is to publish at least one type of an adult coloring book, with me providing the drawings and the others doing the coloring. But because I love web designing and web development, inspiration and the need to relax my mind isn’t always every day. This gallery just serves as a home to all of my abstract art and designs.

Most people use traditional pen and paper, while others go the fancy way by doing everything digitally (ie. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). I like doing mine on traditional pen and paper (sketchbook) because usually, some of the causes of my stress is related to the computer. 

This is one of the very few places where I would be updating slowly but surely, because I don’t always go through my zen art therapy every day.

My tools of the trade

You only need to spend very little, as you won’t need any special art supplies to do these types of art (unless if you’re a hardcore artist and you want to show them off rather than using them as a form of stress relief). You can find a lot of things around your house that you could use. My sisters and I are traditional artists, so we do get a few pens here and there.

  • Canson Universal Recycled Sketchbook
  • Strathmore Bristol Vellum Artist Tiles
  • Strathmore Artagain Coal Black Artist Tiles
  • Graphica 120-page Black Paper Notebook
  • Sakura Micron 01 6-piece color pen set
  • Sakura Pigma Sensei Manga Drawing Pens
  • Sakura Gelly Roll gel pens (black, moonlight blue, white)
  • The Write Dudes Assorted Gel Pen set (24 count)
  • Pentel Sunburst Metallic Gel Pen set (4 count)
  • STA Pastel Metallic Pens (10 count)
  • Immersive Color Dual Tip Brush Pens (24 count)
  • Artist’s Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Markers (12 count)
  • Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens (Sets A & B, total 24 pcs)
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brushes (4 count and counting…)
  • Pencil (0.5 & 0.7 mechanical pencil, graphite pencil sets)
  • Sanford Prismacolor Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Prismacolor Premier Manga Colored Pencils
  • General’s Factis Extra Soft Vinyl Eraser
  • water-based color markers I bought from Daiso
  • erasing shield (to erase pencil lines at the most intricate areas)
  • DBMIER A4 light box (used, bought this at a lower price)
  • DBMIER artist glove (to protect my hand and the paper from smudging)
  • ruler or any straightedge of any kind (I sometimes use books or my bookmarks as my straightedge)
  • compass, protractor (for the mandalas), set squares/engineer’s triangular scale, French curve rulers, grid rulers, etc. 
  • a bunch of stencils that you could find (from geometric stencils to kids’ stencils would do)
  • everyday household items, like coins (for smaller circles), loose buttons, etc.
  • Camscanner mobile app (for quick portable scanning instead of using a flatbed scanner – my Android phone for smaller pieces, Kindle for my larger pieces)
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