Tangling with Zentangle

The school year ended yesterday! Yay!

As a dedicated doodler, I feel like it’s my job to try out all forms of mindless drawing when the opportunity presents itself. After work, the opportunity presented itself so I went to my local art store and went on a little art supply shopping spree. I picked up a book called, One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun by Beckah Krahula. Click HERE for more information on it. I’ve started the course today and completed the first three days because that’s how I roll when I get free time to myself. This is what I have created so far…

These were the first three patterns that I tried from her book.
These were the first three patterns that I tried from her book.

Next, three patterns were tangled up with some of the first few patterns in the next drawing.

Day 2, zentangle
Day 2, zentangle

And finally, Day 3’s zentangle doodle…

Day 3, Zentangle
Day 3, Zentangle

I am struggling with the whole idea of keeping the doodling structured into specific compartments of a square so I tend to ignore some of the author’s suggestions to keep the zentangle drawing in a square. I like the new styles and combinations of patterns offered by the book. I find it funny that there are specific names for these patterns, many of which sound like names given to furniture at IKEA. Great branding, though!

Also, I love the idea of shading my ink drawings with a pencil. It adds something extra to my drawings. While I enjoyed learning about this drawing style all day, I am ready to go back to freestyle doodling on napkins. If my Photography class this summer doesn’t take up all my time, I might try a few more of these tangle thingies.

Signing off for now…

7 thoughts on “Tangling with Zentangle

  1. These are really cool! I see on her supply list she has 3.5 squares. That seems so small to me. I know your able to use just the size of a napkin but I don’t think I could do those that small, the space is too tight for my brain to function in. And where you able to get a Book? I saw her course was PDF files but I’d rather a book if available.

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    1. I got the book for less than $25 at Utrech Art Supply store and I’m using my sketchbook right now instead of the Artist Tiles that I bought. Believe it or not, these drawings are really, really time consuming (the smaller you draw, the better) and it probably helps to be able to turn the tiles around so you can approach them at different angles. But yeah, you don’t need them, imho.

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      1. I’m totally with you on that. I’m so happy you’re going to try it out. It’s a lot of fun. If you post it, please let me know. I’d be happy to share it.

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  2. Your doodles are lovely. I have also dabbled in the Zentangles world, and like you I like the patterns but not the structure they would have you doodle in. I like to make the patterns larger and fill bigger spaces. These patterns have become backgrounds to my art and I have transformed some into 3D! Karen

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    1. That’s fantastic! I’m glad I’m not the only one who wasn’t won over by the structure but, yeah, I enjoy the process of creating the patterns. I see how the structure might be useful to someone who not feel comfortable with just starting randomly though. Anyway, thanks for checking them out. I did one this morning that I plan to post and noticed that (you’re right) many of the patterns and shading does lend itself to creating the look of 3D.

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