Sunday, August 5, 2012

I.A. Challenge - Zentangles

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This week's challenge for Inspiration Avenue is Zentangles. I started zentangling almost 3 years ago when this new type of art was in it's infancy. I've seen it grow exponentially. I think the reason tangles are so popular is because they allow so many more people to explore their artistic side. Those of you who may be scared to try something complicated like watercolors can certainly try drawing patterns. All you need is some good paper and a pen. There are hundreds of official Zentangle patterns that have specific instructions on just how to draw them successfully. Then there are probably thousands of patterns that are out there, created free form by artists who break out of the box and go their own way. 

I think however you tangle, it's a good thing. It's meditative and calming and sometimes just allowing your hand to skim across the paper, creating whatever it wants instead of having a plan is good for the artistic soul.

I decided to go old school with my Zentangle this week. I cut out an actual square and just let my hand create what it wanted. Here's what formed...

Fun with pen & ink
Okie Dokie Pokie, we're done here. I'm sure I'll be back with more art sometime this week and then there's the new theme of APR.

Can we talk later? Yes? OK!!
See you all later.
Best,


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12 comments:

  1. I so glad that you've got the zentangle bug too Jenn...don't you just love drawing them? :D
    I have no idea where my head goes whilst I'm drawing them but I know it's a good place.
    As I've said numerous times before I didn't even know I was 'tangling, so I'm now going to have to look what I'm supposed to be doing!
    Have a wonderful week and I'll see you in APR and IA ;D

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  2. Must try this. I love the meditative aspect as well. Very pretty Jenn.

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  3. I love the depth you achieved in your tangled tile. I stumbled on Zentangle last Summer, and love it too. I even introduced it to my 1st through 5th grade students. I have 4 Zentangle books by Sandee Steen Bartholomew, one of which I won in a contest she had. By the way, congratulations on your new position at FEATURING!

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  4. I became obsessed with tangling when I discovered it last year but as other arty endeavors claimed my attention, it has certainly fallen by the wayside. I really enjoy it and love what I've made with it, so I'm really looking forward to turning my hand to this - hmmmm...I'm thinking something in turquoise and lime.... :)

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  5. Love this pasta, spagetti-fest of tangled loveliness :0)

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  6. It doesn't take long to beome obsessed with tangling, i feel like i've been doing it forever but it hasn't been very long. Yours is lovely!

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  7. Love your tangle and Inspiration Avenue! I don't have an Etsy shop yet--stuck in the middle of waiting to move but after we get settled I hope to start with Etsy and can join up! Hope it was okay to jump on board with the tangle challenge--I love finding new art challenges! Keeps me creating =0)

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  8. very beautiful - pokeleaf is one of my favorites!

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  9. I am glad some people think zentangles are meditative, they just make my hand hurt! lol I'll never be a zentangle arist with this attitude! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  10. Beautiful! I always love the vining, organic shapes in zentangles.

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  11. I really like the curving black and white shapes along the bottom left and the curly-q shapes up in the middle, neat design. Thank you for this prompt, as you can see so many of us love it, too!

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