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Some people refer to it as glorified doodling. It's an art form where people can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns.

It is called Zentangle. It's simply putting pencil and pen to paper. No erasers. No mistakes.

Bettendorf artist Pat Bereskin is teaching this form of art to military veterans.

Fred Berryman was an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force. He likes Zentangle and says doing art helps to slow down his body rate.

Zentangle has inspired Scott Esser. He is an Army veteran who served as a combat engineer in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The adjustment to civilian life was not easy for him. Scott says he was very guarded and had a lack of interest in many things. Art is helping him to come out of his shell.

He says Zentangle calms him down at the end of a busy day.

Paul Ross is a Navy veteran. He has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Art puts him at ease and he says the finished product is something he can be proud of.

Pat Bereskin says when doing a Zentangle, your focus becomes narrower, Your focus becomes on the task at hand. What you are doing right now.

Zentangle.  A springboard into art for three military veterans. One line at a time.

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