Hi there! I've been busy working on a project that I've wanted to accomplish for quite a while. I love making Zentangle-inspired art, but it's always a challenge trying to find an organized way to keep track of all the patterns. I have them in several different places, and I've never done step-by-step diagrams for them. So even when I have a pattern, I often forget how to create it! I was browsing on Linda Farmer's TanglePatterns blog last week, and I discovered that she has blank step-by-step sheets that are free to download and print out. They can be found by clicking on the downloads button at the top of her blog page. I'm up to one hundred patterns, drawn out in step-by-step format. I put them in sheet protectors and placed them in a three-ring binder. Now I have a handy reference book to keep in my studio. I don't have photos yet, so I'll share that with you later this week. For now, I want to show you my latest Zentangle-inspired drawing.
8" x 8"
Pen, Ink, and Luminescent Watercolors on 140lb. Mixed Media Paper
It was so much easier having a handy reference. I began with a shell outline downloaded from a fabulous blog, The Bright Owl. Erin Koetz Olson, CZT has a weekly Zentangle Dare and she offers a new template each week to use for your drawings. They are in PDF format and come in three sizes!
Using a light box, I lightly traced the template onto my paper with pencil. After composing the drawing, I shaded it with a no. 2 pencil. I'm usually undecided about adding color to Zentangle drawings, because pen and ink by itself has a beauty all its own. However, my love for color won out. I used Twinkling H20s (luminescent watercolors) in Poppy Red and Harvest Del Sol to tint selected areas of the drawing.
Before doing the watercolor tinting, I remembered to photograph the drawing.
Thank you for visiting!
Until next time,