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I have a new obsession - Zentangles. Basically, it is like doodling, but with intention. It looks much harder than it is. I made myself a little book, just for my zentangles. It is 6 inches square, made from Strathmore Bristol smooth paper, bound with my bind-it-all.

Adding Colour to Zentangle... | ProMarkers and Letraset Fineliners What is Zentangle®? Well… according to the Zentangle website, “Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. A further look through the Zentangle® website reveals an exciting new abstract form of art that encourages creativity, embracing your mistakes and discovering patterns. An Example of a Zentangle by Maria Thomas Image Source: Adding colour to Zentangle®… Zentangles are predominantly black and white, but we discovered the blog of avid Zentangler Sandra Strait who has been using ProMarkers to add colour to her designs. ‘Thunder Unleashes the Storm’ by Sandra StraitImage Source: Sandra has also put together a Zentagle style ProMarker colour chart using the colours from ProMarker Set 1 and this is extremely useful for reference. About Letraset

ZENTANGLES and STUFF Zentangle Some Zentangle Play...... I did this while watching TV a while back, in my Art journal. So relaxing. TangleTangleTangle's blog Koolapopper zentangle How to draw a free-form bird and fill it with tangles In this 19-minute video CZT® Suzanne McNeill demonstrates how to draw a free-form bird and fill it with six tangles from Zentangle 8. This title in her Zentangle® series focuses on Zentangle-inspired monograms and alphabets. (See the BOOK REVIEWS tab for more information.) You might remember the newest book I posted about last week, The Beauty of Zentangle also has a tangled bird on its cover. In this video Suzanne talks about her process for drawing birds and decorating them with her tangles. The tangles Suzanne demonstrates are: Fins (3:43)Maize (6:07)Ocean Spray (7:05)Pinball (8:59)Chatter (11:28)Coral Seeds (16:16) This looks like it might be a fun summer project for introducing children to Zentangle. For your Zentangle® library Visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab at the top of the page for details on any of these great Zentangle® books. <A HREF=" eBooks available from You might also like:

Nature Zentangle Art Challenge: DAY SIX! | artful explorations in nature Today everything came together quite nicely, as I collected a few more patterns and revised some previously-gathered patterns–filling all of my outlines objects with Zentangle patterns! Here is my resulting explorations: Tomorrow is the last day of this month’s challenge! I have definitely enjoyed the texture and pattern explorations through Zentangle. For the last day of this month’s challenge, work on adding shading and or color to your Zentangle. 1. 2. 3. 4. ‘Til tomorrow…happy explorations! Like this: Like Loading...

Watercolor Painting - Beginner's Guide to Basic Watercolor Materials If you prefer tubes pre-packaged tube sets will also give you a good starter selection of colors for watercolor painting. Start by using brand name "academic" or "student" grade watercolors until you can commit your resources to buying "artist" grade watercolor supplies. I suggest the following palette of colors for beginners: This selection is a bright balanced palette of warm and cool colors containing pure transparent and semi-transparent organic and inorganic pigments. My personal palette contains eight additional colors. Use any watercolor pad, block, or loose paper with a weight of #140 or higher. You can even find servicable beginner's watercolor pad (for learning) near the Crayola rack at your local drugstore. Cake and Pan watercolor sets usually have built-in fold out palettes that are useable in varying degrees depending on their size and orientation. A covered plastic palette makes for the least waste and most convenience if you are using tube watercolors. Make some art!

New Pattern: Allium I have recently joined Pintrest. I think that there are several of you who are on Pintrest as well as I have found you and because there is a lot of zentangle art posting. I don't go on as much as I could but I have to be prepared to sit for a while when I log in. There is a lot to see. If anyone doesn't have an account and would like one, I think it is still join by invite, just hit me up via email and I'll send you an invitation. Why all the Pintrest stuff? Is that not awesome? 1. had the nerve. 2: Was sure my kids wouldn't hate me. 3. An anonymous commenter has noted who the artist is. I was really taken buy the whole thing but I was drawn to the pattern on the left in the middle. I say to end with an empty space on the outside as I found that to end with black, the pattern runs together with the next one. I tried it in several tangles. I have a little trouble keeping this pattern small. I hope you like it.

Before You Buy Watercolor Painting Supplies If you're about to start painting with watercolors, you'll need to get a basic set of good-quality paints, a range of papers (so you can test for yourself how each works), and a few brushes. If you're wanting to experiment, try out some mediums. • Watercolor Art Supplies List Watercolor Paints Paints come in tubes or pans (small blocks). Watercolor Paper Watercolor papers come in three surfaces: rough, which has a textured surface; hot-pressed or HP, which has a fine-grained, smooth surface; and cold-pressed (or NOT), which has a slightly textured surface and is the paper used most often by watercolor artists. Watercolor Brushes Sable brushes are considered the ultimate in watercolor brushes because of the fine point the hairs reach, their ability to spring back into shape, and the amount of paint they hold. Watercolor Mediums Mediums are added to watercolor to create special effects.

Zentangle Educator Workshop - November 12 Zentangle® for Educator’s Workshop Monday, November 12, 2012 Come learn the new and creative drawing form called Zentangle® and unlock the potential for this creative tool in your classroom. With Zentangle, drawing can become relaxing, intuitive, and fun while increasing one’s personal sense of well-being, creativity and focus at any age. Any classroom teacher can apply this art form to classroom challenges such as problem solving, team building, focus with ADD, self esteem, handwriting, and stress management. This is a four hour workshop and the cost is $65 including materials. Workshop Location: Center for Health Promotion Smile! 49 S. Concord, NH 03301

36 ways to use alcohol inks You are viewing a post in my archives!Visit my current blog at: Hi there! I am revisiting Jennifer McGuire’s free 9-week class at Two Peas in a Bucket called Thinking Inking. This week I will be revisiting Week 5 of Jennifer’s videos, about Ranger alcohol inks, which come in 48 translucent colors and 4 metallic mixatives. Techniques in each Thinking Inking video Each week in Thinking Inking, Jennifer shares at least 3 videos – but this week there are FOUR jam-packed full of techniques. Here is a list of at least 36 ways to use alcohol inks, plus other techniques: Week 5 – Part 1: Basic Backgrounds Part 1 1. Part 2 10. Week 5 – Part 2: Alcohol Ink on Clear Products 20. Week 5 – Part 3: Alcohol Ink Embellishments 39. REVIEW: If you haven’t tried Ranger Archival ink, I would suggest you give it a try. Have you tried alcohol inks? I have made alcohol ink backgrounds and I’ve customized the look of embellishments using alcohol inks. What about you? Thanks for stopping by!