Hello to all my friends! I am so excited to share my first try at "Zentangle". I first saw this wonderful technique on Rose Crawford's fabulous blog called In Rosie's Book A wonderful example of her Zentangle can be found HERE I just fell in love with her work and tucked it in the back of my mind.
I decided that I wanted to try some new things, in addition to my addictive Copic habit! (Yikes, that is redundant! I am going to try my hand at Zentangle and I will keep the second thing a secret until the near future. :D
So, what is Zentangle? It is a way of repeating patterns to create beautiful images. It has been said to be relaxing.... I have never been much of "doodler" but let's see how it goes! It was a creative technique created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts The history can be found HERE. Classes are given on this and I will be first in line if they give any in my neck of the woods! This is a great site for - Zentangle
- Repetitive patterns
- Simple and meditative
- Fun (Now that's right up my alley!)
- Start without a preconceived idea of a final result
- Not expensive (I like that..... more money for Copics!)
As I understand it, no two Zentangle images are the same. There are some basic patterns that the experts provide to get you started - but then your own embellishments and creativity takes over and the process becomes your own. Some have suggested the image in it's totality is one's life and the patterns inside are parts of your life that make up the whole. No erasers are allowed! I guess there is no trial run for life LOL! Life is full of mistakes.... That is what makes it a part of our unique life!
This is my first Zentangle - My Copic instructor, Suzanne Dean shared that she did this when she was in her art class in college. She used colored Copic Markers for Zentangle.... If you try this with your Copics remember not use the Micron pens if you are gong to use your colored Copics... it will not be good for your nibs. Use your Copic Multiliners. Some of Suzanne's fun classes and groups can be found here at Color Me Creative
I have entered this in:
- Make it Monday - Anything Goes!
- 2 Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes!
- All Sorts Challenge - Anything Goes!
I hope you liked this. I probably got the ideas wrong but I tried to understand what I could find about Zentangle online - So until I can take an actual class....... you may find my own variation of what this wonderful art form is! :D