I love to draw. I always have. I’d spend hours doodling and creating patterns. I always wondered if other people did it too, and I wanted ways to expanded my skills. Just last winter I was cruising my favorite art site, DickBlick.com, and I saw a link for a book called “One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun” (here or here.) I was instantly intrigued. So onto my holiday list it went. And I was luck enough to get it. It’s awesome.
So what is Zentangle? To quote their website “Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.” It looks complicated, but you just start out with a square, a string, and go from there. It’s very relaxing. Oh, and fun!
Now, I know that it’s a 6-week course, but patience has never been my strong suite. So very soon I was doodling like crazy, and skipping chapters. At first I was just copying drawings in the book. I loved this one.
And of course I started wondering what it would look like in color. So naturally, that had to happen. It looks different because I redrew it and change the scale and a few elements.
I love it! The colors are a lot more vibrant in person. I’m still figuring out the whole scanning process. A learned a few things about this. First, I love my Copic Markers. Second, paper type really matters. I was using a paper that had a lot of tooth, which is great for pencils, but the bleed factor with the markers was off the charts. But that’s okay, because it was just an experiment.
But it means I’m hooked on Zentangle. And even more so once I hopped onto Pinterest and found massive quantities of examples. You can follow my Zentangle and Zentangle Pattern boards, if you’d like. Do you have similar boards? Share your links!
The patterns I used are:
And of course, Black and White on DeviantArt and Colored on DeviantArt.