As an Aries, I was quite excited when Ben Kwok posted a ram as the weekly template in Ornation Creation. With a zodiac themed greeting card in mind, I initially tried colouring it in shades of reds and orange but for some reason, it just did not look right. I started again. It was a dull day and the light was poor. I was half way through patterning on the head when I noticed I was using a sepia coloured fineliner instead of the black that I had intended. I decide to go with the flow and use a brown colour scheme.
I wanted the ram to look woolly and organic and chose tangle patterns that reminded me of wool and curls. ‘Knyt’, ‘Sand Swirls’ an ‘Hypnotic’ were all new to me but I found some very useful video tutorials on Youtube.
It is said that there are no mistakes in Zentangle – a comforting assertion but one that I found to not exactly be true when last week I attempted the weekly template from Ben Kwok’s OrnationCreation. The maneki neko (lucky cat) refused to be lucky for me and I kept making mistakes – glaringly obvious ones (block patterns out of sequence being the most frequent). I eventually completed on my fifth attempt, but am still not sure whether I like it or not. I think my judgement may be somewhat soured by the battle I had just to complete it. Hoping for greater success this week.
Meanwhile, with Ben’s kind permission, I have sent up a new card store at Greeting Card Universe, where you can find all of these designs. I will be splitting any proceeds between a number of different Stroke charities in recognition of how Zentangle has helped me on my long road to relative recovery.
Tangles within a scottie sihouettes
Another approach to Zentangle is to add tangles within a simple, easily identifiable shape. Choose a subject with a distinctive silhouette, or use a stencil. For this particular Zentangle, I hand drew a Scottie dog (you can’t get much more distinctive than that), then pencilled in the ‘threads’ which create the different sections, then using my black pen, added a pattern unique to each section.
These shape Zentangles look particularl effective mounted onto a coloured greeting card. Think of the holidays that are coming up – you could tangle within hearts, Easter eggs, etc – the only limit is your imagination.