I told you I was getting addicted to making Zentangles! This one is the biggest and most detailed one I’ve done yet. It is just on printer paper and I traced a DVD for the overlapping circles.
I’ve even gone as far as to go and buy myself a Sketch book and some new ultra-fine pens.
Emma also caught the Zentangle bug and is of course better at it than me! She took it to the next level and Tangled some of her Easter Eggs.
She’s just winging it and making things up as she goes along. The little dots used for shading are quickly becoming her trademark look. She calls it sand.
I on the other hand am compelled to research as much as possible and learn ALL the patterns on the internet and practice them compulsively. I’m also starting to see patterns and inspiration everywhere. While sitting in church on Easter morning I was noticed some great Tangles in the print of my dress. It took all I had to sit politely and listen to the sermon and not grab my sketch book out of my purse and put some of the flowers to paper. But as soon as I got in the car I put pen to paper.
Of course I’ve already been asked, “What are these for?” Like all art it is next to impossible to explain what it is for. To me these are more than art, they are a form of meditation and mental exercises. Plus there is a challenge here for me. I used to sketch a lot as a kid but haven’t done much as an adult, it’s not something I’m really comfortable doing. I see similar work online and want to be as good as everyone else (maybe even better than some. I’m naturally competitive.)
I’m also a natural collector of art supplies. When I was heavy into embroidery & cross-stitch I had to have every color of floss. When I scrapbooked, I had to have every color and collection of paper, brads, and other doodads. With Zentangles all I need is paper and a pen (not that I didn’t run out and look for a variety of styles of pens!) But there are lists of “official” Zentangle patterns and of course I feel the compulsion to learn and use them all. If I still had my store I might consider taking the training courses and become a Certified Zentangle Teacher, but I don’t see the point right now. But you can be sure that there will be some books purchased in the near future. I just can’t control myself!