Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lots To Do - Zentangle!!

Helloooo ~

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...

I can see this becoming an addiction - I may need to take a class at 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!

Hugs,

~ ellen.

6 comments:

Anne said...

Yeah, there's something completely addictive about Zentangles, isn't there? Your piece is just completely magnificent, I love how you managed to use up all the space! Love it!! :o) x

Von said...

That's wonderful and they are so much fun :)
Von

Jaqi said...

Cool you have been so busy and they are all fab

Zoechaos said...

Great zentangle you have included some fabulous patterns here, guess you figured out how addictive they are. Thank you for sharing with us at LTD this week. xx Zoe

crafty creations said...

Wow a fantastic zentangle Ellen and thanks for showing us the examples too

Thanks for sharing with the Lotstdo Challenge xx Hilda

Aisling said...

Your zentangles are absolutely beautiful!