Saturday, November 30, 2013

Zentangle Workshop - Week 4

This week we learned to draw a few more tangles: Finery, Echoism, Flukes, Beelight, Chillon, and Bales.

This Zentangle tile was drawn with different size tip pens; the smaller tip helps when the pattern becomes smaller (away from the viewer).

Then the book talks about Auras and Rounding: two enhancers.  Here is an example of Auras - lines around a tangle (around Isochor and Vega below):

And Rounding - darkening nooks and crannies in tangle with ink to give it a more defined and finished look.  See it filling the background of a few tangles below (Poke Root, Tipple, Isochor, and Festune).

And here are a couple more Zentangle tiles working with some of the new tangles and tangleations.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Zentangle Workshop - Week 3

This week, we are working on Tangleations (variations of tangles), black Zentangle tiles, tonal values, and 2 new tangles - Purk and Vega.

Tangleations are variations on an existing tangle.  Here are some of my tangleations of the tangles we've studied so far:

And an ATC (Artist Trading Card) created with some of them:
Then we studied tonal values and created a sample using the tangle we've studied so far on white and on black paper.  Here are my samples:

Working on black paper is very different and I think it will take me a little while to get used to.  Drawing the tangles is usually not a problem, but I find it hard to get really good coverage on large while areas.  Also, instead of adding shadows in the end, you're supposed to add highlights to give the shapes some form; I find adding highlights a lot harder than adding shadows :).  Here are a couple of pieces I created on black:

And a couple on white tiles... much easier!

I hope you enjoyed this week's pieces.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Zentangle Workshop - Week 2

Before I get on to this week's workshop, here are some of the art I created this week (one a day) to practice the tangles we learned in week 1.

This week, we are working on 11 tangles.  Rather than posting my steps, I will give you links to the tangle instructions already on the web (which I got from a site I love ):
Poke Root, Festune, Hollibaugh, Shattuck, Nipa, Jonqual, Isochor, Printemps, Amaze, Mooka, and Flux.

Here are examples from my practice sessions:

After you practice each one, you put them together.  Here are some I have created so far with these tangles and some from last week:

I hope you enjoyed this week's tangles and give them a try.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Zentangle Workshop - Week 1

I belong to a Yahoo group which has workshops based on books.  Once a book is chosen, everyone interested signs up, buys the book, gathers the materials needed and waits for it to start.  A couple of the group members prepare the lessons based on the book and then post one lesson a week with assignments.  The participants work on the lesson and post their assignments in their picture folder and get credit for the lesson.  It is always fun and I have always learned a lot.

Today the group is starting a new workshop:  One Zentangle a Day based on the book with the same name by Beckah Krahula.  I'm definitely part of this one as I love Zentangles and also wanted to get into this art form as a way to relax (as I have finally accepted meditation does not work for me).

So... Zentangle is an art form that anyone can do; you don't need to know how to draw - each step to create a tangle is clearly identified... you just follow along :).  You can do it also!  You will see how easy and fun it is.

This week, we are working on 6 tangles.  I like to copy the steps for each tangle so I have a record of the tangles I've learned and know how to create them.  Here are the first 6: 

Why don't you give them a try?  All you need is a pen, pencil, and paper.  Here are examples from my practice sessions:

Once you have practiced these, you can put them all together in one piece of art.  To start out, lightly create a "string" with your pencil.  A string is basically one continuous line dividing your paper into random sections.  Think of dropping a string on a piece of paper and the shapes it would make.  There is no right or wrong, just give it a try.  Here are some examples of strings:

So, once you have the string down on paper, you start filling in each area with a tangle.  Makes sense?  Here are some examples I created.

I hope you enjoyed these tangles and have fun trying them yourself.  If you do decide to try them, please leave me a comment so I will be motivated to post more :)