I’ve caught the Zentangle bug. Yup, I’ve been tangling since yesterday. Sounds decadent, but really it’s just simple, creative fun. Even meditative. Maybe therapeutic. Read the full post to learn more about this gratifying art form – you will find all of the necessary links at the end of the post.
Most of us are doodlers by nature and the folks at Zentangle have brilliantly capitalized on that knowledge by developing instructions for doodling using repetitive patterns. I was immediately drawn to the Zentangles exhibited on the website’s gallery pages, but the price of the kit ($49) seemed a wee-bit steep so I decided to teach myself.
I found this cool little Flip Note Mini notebook ($3.99) at an art supply store and decided that it would make a good substitute for the Zentangle Tiles that come with the kit. An added bonus: the Flip Note Mini’s cover is embossed metal…another texture tool for my stash.
I picked up a couple of Pigma Micron Pens while I was there ($2.69 each) and I was ready to Tangle! I don’t have the instructional DVD, but if you study the examples on the website it’s just not that hard.
The image above is my first Zentangle. What do you think? Not bad for a first try, huh? I don’t draw very well, so I am pleased with myself – and I’m just getting started. I like that when I sit down to Tangle I go into the ‘zone’ and don’t think much at all…just doodle. Gets the creative juices going.
Here are six polymer clay possibilities for Zentangles:
- Can you say ‘texture plates’? Make a Zentangle, transfer the image to scrap clay, bake it, carve the design and you have an original texture plate. No two will look the same, because no two Tangles are the same.
- Use your original Zentangle texture plate to impress a mokume gane stack. Nice.
- Make a toner copy of your Tangle and transfer the image to polymer clay beads, veneers for polymer pendants set in silver bezels or a polymer cuff bracelet. Why not color the Tangle transfer using colored pencils or subtle chalks?
- Don’t like the idea of a rigid texture plate? Transfer your doodle to a Staedtler Eraser and carve your own stamp. Luann Udell literally wrote the book on this.
- Zentangle at your next guild meeting or host a Zentangle swap – there is no such thing as too many Zentangles!
- I think a Zentangle Seminar at Synergy is in order. I want to see Tangles from Synergy presenters like Dan Cormier, Seth Savarick, Jeff Dever and Robert Dancik – don’t you want to be able to say that you Tangled with these fine men?
Do you have any other ideas to add to this list? I would love to hear from you! Check out the links below and then go Tangle (Warning: This is an addictive activity).
My daughter is in town and we are off to play today. Have a great day!