We discussed doodling and moved on to zentangles. We watched some You Tube clips of zentangling. The children designed their own initials using fonts from magazines and library books. I encouraged fat lettering.
They divided their letter, (or letters, depending on the length of time they had in the art room) into approximately 5 parts. They began zentangling inside the sections. They bounced off one another as they invented their own versions of what they had seen on the You Tube clips.
They prepared a page with a wash of watercolour paint on it. Their letter was finally cut out and glued to the coloured back ground.
If a class had more time, they enthusiastically added to their zentangles, blocking in some areas, neatening others.
A class I had for the whole day, in addition to their large zentangle, made a small zentangle letter in pen on a piece of MDF (board) approximatly 5cm square. They coloured the background and sides of the board with strong dye using cotton buds. We added a little loop to the back so they could be hung.