I spent a few hours today playing with Zentangle! I first heard about it on the Ten Seconds Studio blog, their Taco Tuesday videos. If you've never seen them, check them out - they are very informative (and hysterical!) The easiest way to describe Zentangle is advanced doodling, which is just TOO cool! I just bought a book on "tangle-ing" yesterday...
.... so I wanted to dive right in, especially since it is this week's theme on the Lots To Do challenge.
Here is my first attempt at this wild and fun technique - I kept my patterns pretty much to the examples given in the book - I'm a firm believer in the "copy first, then create" approach to learning anything new, art or otherwise...
Not too bad for a first effort..... (just don't compare mine to the ones below, it pales in comparison....)
You start by putting a small dot (in pencil) in all four corners of your page, then draw lines to connect them, creating a frame around your workspace. Next you draw one, or a series of guidelines, called "traces" to divide your page into different random sections. Then you switch to using a fine tip black marker (Sakura's Pigma Micron 01 black pen is the one they recommend) and start drawing different patterns in each section, connecting them as you go. When you're all done you erase all the pencil lines. I've seen some completely amazing examples on-line - here are a few to give you an idea of how far you can go with this...
The Queen's Ink next time they have one... Patti is a certified instructor, so it's only a matter of time!
If you're interested in learning more about Zentangle, check out their website HERE.
Hope your week is off to a great start. See you around the blog-o-sphere!