February 24, 2012

zentangling

I've been doing a lot of zentangling lately. Have you heard of it? In a simple description- It's designing beautiful, complex art by combining different repetitive patterns. 
Yes, it looks complex. Want to know a secret, It's actually really really easy.  Here's how.
Supplies: Paper, Pencil and a thin black marker. I would recommend a Micron Pen, But something like a Sharpie would work as well.

You can do it on any size piece of paper, but the normal size is 3&1/2" x 3&1/2". Start by lightly sketching s shape onto your paper with a pencil.
In one part of your shape, start doodling. You can create your own pattern or find one you like. There's a great site called TanglePatterns. It has a wonderful directory of patterns and tutorials.
Now choose a different pattern, and fill in another section of your shape with doodles.
Keep filling your shape with patterns.
Having fun? I love zentangling, Here are a few I've done.
Want a little more inspiration? Follow my Zentangle board on Pinterest.
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8 comments:

  1. oh my!! I love this! Beautiful!

    Michelle *Ü*

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  2. When I was a kid, I used to do something kind of like this - only in color, and I said I was drawing patchwork quilts. I might have to take it up again. :)

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  3. I love Zentangle! They are so addicting, once you start you can't stop (lol). I love the panda one and the one you shown as an example. Great job!

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  4. Oooh, love these! Doodling is so much fun.
    The panda one is adorable. They're all just great!
    Really, really wonderful job!

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  5. Oooh...this is super-cool! I've never seen it before! :)

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  6. I didn't know there was a name for this! I have been doing something similar using henna tattoos for inspirations.

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  7. This is so addicting! Good tutorial! Thx!

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