How to Zentangle

5 Dec

I have been zentangling for over 10 years and never realised it until I jumped back on swapbot!  Not sure what a zentangle is?  Look at the website for some information and inspiration.  If you want to get started zentangling here’s my pork as it progresses.  This zentangle was for a snowflake inspired zentangle and it is silver gel pen on a black background.  More commonly zentangles are made using black pen on a white background.

Decide on the basic pattern you want your zentangle to follow.  Seeing as this is a snowflake inspired one, I’m going symmetrical starting from a central point.

Next, fill in some extra lines, be intuitive at this point.  Anything goes with a zentangle.  For the next section you will be filling in the spaces with patterns.  You may wish at this point to look up some zentangle patterns on the internet.  You are likely to get into a medative state at this point which is why I completely forgot to take another photo until I’d finished.

Be very careful what pens you use though.  Anything other than permanent markers may smudge so you’ll have to be very careful and do it in stages allowing it to dry in between.  See below for an example of what happens when you rest your hand on a bit with a lot of filling in:

Here are some Zentangle links to get the creative juices flowing:

Zentangles on Flickr

A great list of zentangle patterns

A how to zentangle video

Happy Tangles!



4 Dec

I have to say I’m sorry for the lack of updates this week.  We’ve been snowed in and while you may think this is a lame excuse, this kids have been snowed off school.  There’s something about a 4 and 6 year old running around trying to trip each other up that is not conducive to concentration.  I’ll make it up to you this weekend I promise 🙂

Found this Friday! – 27/11/10

27 Nov

I want to share with you this wonderful blog I found all about crochet and punch needle work.  It’s called Planet June.

In this blog you’ll find help with Amigurumi, including how to make a magic ring which gets rid of that ugly hole you have when crocheting into a stitch.  You’ll also find free crochet patterns, free punchneedle patterns and tutorials on a wealth of subjects!

Head on over and have some fun!

Watch this Wednesday – 24/11/10

24 Nov

Time for a Watch this Wednesday! Showcasing great art and craft videos.

This week I’ve been mostly interested in altered art and pamcarricker has a wonderful series on making altered art journal pages.

Here’s a very detailed tutorial on altered tags.  This looks fun, I think I’ll have to give it a go!

TerriSproul has a great series on how to make an altered book.

And finally I found a tutorial on weathered backgrounds for art journalling.

Happy watching!

New theme

23 Nov

Hope you’re enjoying the new posts going up these last few days.  This is just a little note to say over the next couple of days we’ll be trying out some new themes for the blog.  Please bear with us until we find one that is suited to our purpose.  Things may go missing but it won’t be for long I assure you!

Thank you for your patience!