Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Zentangle

I have been Zentangling for a few months, using the tiles provided in the beginner kit I purchased from

These tiles are 3.5 x 3.5 inches, and while I love the paper - the texture and thickness are perfect for tangling; they are just too small for me. As I noted way back in June as I blogged about my first Zentangle, there are so many tangles I want to try, and the tiles are so small that I was cramming everything into a small space, and it was making me go bleary-eyed, trying to make the designs so small! I even used my optivisor so I could actually see what I was drawing in some of these first tangles.

A couple of weeks ago I perused the art aisle at Hobby Lobby (with my 40% off coupon) and couldn't find any paper that was exactly like the Zentangle tiles, but I chose a pad of water color paper that was pretty close. Nice and thick, good texture - and a generous 8 inches square (more than 4 times the size of one of the tiles I was initially working with!)

I pulled out all my pens, pencils, and other Zentangling doodads, plus my Pinterest board loaded with tangle ideas, and started a new tangle a couple of days ago.

I wanted to try using negative space, and since Valentine's Day is near, I decided to try a heart. Negative space is hard! I'm not 100% thrilled with the result, but it's OK.

Surprisingly, it didn't take any longer to do this (relatively) huge design than it did to do the 3.5" tiles - it turns out that basically all I did was upsize my drawing - in other words, what you see in the pic above is the same design I would have crammed into the 3.5 inch tile! I like this way better!

Here are some of the tangles I worked into this Zentangle: heart chain, Zinger, lupe, fricle, bunzo (my new fave!), basketweave, W2, C-chain, and one I'm calling striped pole, for lack of a better name. I still need to work on my shading and reflection techniques - my reflection line on the striped pole is crooked. I don't know why, but that particular technique is much harder to do than it looks!

4 comments: said...

Love It - I too love tangling on the larger format - I like that I can come and go and not do it all at once or be microscopic

BackstoryBeads said...

Really lovely design. I know what you mean about sourcing just the right paper for tangles. For me, the perfect shape is postcard size.

Negative space IS hard, but you've used it to great effect here with your hearts. Makes me want to go pick up a pencil and put it to paper!

AliMc said...

That is stunning! Would be lovely reprinted as note cards.

Sweet Freedom said...

Thanks, Ali - what a nice thing to say!