There are unlimited ideas for stretching our Zentangle experience to larger works of art and adding to our treasure chest of creations and moments of artistic pleasure and relaxation.
Lose yourself in fine lines and intricate tangles or go bigger and bolder. Depending on your mood.
Relax and allow Zentangle to be your guide, keep to the basic principles and enjoy the process of adding your own touches of colour and medium.
Here are the answers to questions often asked about how I create my Zentangle Inspired Art.
Do I draw a string?
Yes, a string is a wonderful foundation to build on, a few squares, circles, spirals and curvy lines soon grow into something unexpected.
Do I have a plan?
Not usually, I like the element of surprise. Most of the time ideas form after drawing a string. I prefer to go with the flow and avoid expectation and disappointment if the plan goes haywire.
I like to keep my favourite tiles to expand into a larger format.
Do I worry about making a mistake?
No! Of course wobbly bits happen (that’s life) but they soon disappear into the big picture. Keep going, focus on the good bits.
What paper do I use?
I like a nice thick water colour paper, bamboo is good and lately have been enjoying Lokta paper.
What type of colour pens do I use?
My favourites are the Pigma Micron pens in sienna and brown and for extra colour Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens. I like adding just one or two shades to make decisions easy.
Do I use a template?
Only when drawing circles. I know we should appreciate what we create but my unbalanced wonky circles look a bit dodgy so I like to use jar lids, small bowls or plates.
How long does it take to create a ZIA?
Many hours of focus and joy!! I am happy to leave a large sheet of paper on my desk or kitchen table and add a stroke at a time, 15 minutes here and there, sometimes 15 minutes disappears into an hour.