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.
I admit I’ve been neglecting my Zentangle studies recently in order to pursue a 5 week online art course and to get my classes up and running. It has also been a busy summer of markets and festivals. But yesterday with the rain hammering on the studio roof. I once again picked up Beckah Kahlua’s book, my micropen and a tile. Day 12 introduces us to three new tangles, Beelight, Chillon and Bales. Although quite different in appearance, they start from the same gently curved grid. Iused all three, plus a tangellation of beelight in my completed Zentangle.
Although traditional Zentangle is black and white, there is no reason why you shouldn’t add colour to your art if that is what you want to do. It is also okay to break away from the 3.5inch square tile and to tangle within shapes. I downloaded these Zentangle templates from Pinterest, added my own patterned tangles and added colour with felt-tip pens.