Typographical Zentangle

We will be transforming a plan into a work of art. Before we begin, let’s learn a bit about the terms so you have a better idea of what you are creating.

Click here for a video tour of this assignment.

Typography Art – word art and/or art featuring text


Zentangle – a sectioned doodle featuring patterns


Typographical Zentangle – a hybrid of typography and zentangles

typographical Zentangle

Project Introduction

For our project, words will be used within the zentangles. Below is a completed project. If you keep scrolling, you’ll see the instructions and close up photos to show you what is in each section.

typographical zentangle

Step 1: Choose a Topic and Make a Plan

  1. Choose a topic you know a lot about or a topic you’d like to learn more about.
  2. Think of 4 or more subtopics based on your main topic.
  3. Make a list of about 20 words or descriptive terms for each subtopic.

Below is an image of what your planning sheet would look like if you chose 4 subtopics. Under the image is a link that will take you to a doc you can copy to make your plan.


Step 2: Sketch it 

Press lightly when you are sketching. 

  1. Create the title using block lettering.
  2. If there is a lot of white space you can add a couple of simple drawings.
  3. Create section boarders using lines. You will need as many sections as you have subtopics (from your plan).
  4. Fill each section with very simple line patterns. Like the lines on a piece of notepaper, you will use your pattern lines when you are adding your words so don’t make them too close together.
sketch it

Step 3: Outline the Title and Section Boarders

outline the sections

Step 4: Add Words

  • Each section in your project features a different subtopic from your plan. If you have four subtopics, your project will have four sections.
  • The words in each section will be those you listed in your plan.
  • Write the words on the lightly sketched pattern lines within each section.
add the words
add more words
more words
only pencil

Step 5: Bold and Color

  1. Go over all the main lines with a dark marker or pencil crayon.
  2. Color the title with an eye-catching color. If you are using pencil crayon, color boldly so no white is showing.
  3. If you choose to color other areas, make sure they emphasize the title. If you are using pencil crayons, shade by pressing lightly.
typographical zentangle

Step 6: Share

  • Hand in your completed project.
  • If you want to keep the original, you can scan or take a picture of it and submit it digitally.
  • Send a copy or share the file if you created the project digitally.

Digital Alternative

If you would like to complete this project digitally, you may do so using a drawing software like Google Draw.


Your rubric can be found here.

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