Part 3: Playing with Details
It would appear that I am not the only BJPer who has discovered Zentangles and is considering using them for the 2010 BJP. A shout out to Robbie who has been experimenting with zentangles as well and has already combined them with her quilting, very cool.
My first couple of Zentangles were just small pieces of paper with simple strings. Zentangles are easy to do. You start with a piece of paper, the website suggests a quality paper that they sell but to start I used what I had on hand that was heavy enough to not bleed with the pen work going on it. To start all you have to do is put small dots in pencil about 1/2 inch in from the corners and then join them with pencil lines (they don’t have to be remotely straight. Yeah!) After that you draw in what are called strings; these are just lines to divide the area up. (imagine dropping a string onto the paper and drawing those lines onto the paper with pencil).
Now you just grab a fine permanent pen and start making tangles. These are mostly repetitive patterns that end up looking fairly complicated but usually consist of repetitive parts. You can find several tangles on the zentangle.com website in their newsletters and in their starter kit which includes instructions for quite a few tangles and all the supplies to get you started. Sandy Steen Bartholomew has some on her blog and there are also ones that you can find elsewhere online including YouTube.
Here are a few tangles for any one who wants to try them.
Originally inspired by a leaf this tangle is very versatile; with some variations it could look more like buildings or parts of a bridge or.... Start with a dashed line (sort of looks like the lines in the middle of the street) and then add more lines that radiate out from this center, these can be very organic or very structural, thin or thick, or whatever you can think of to do with them.
Inspired by peacock tails this tangle starts off with lines of connected "P" shapes. Fill up your space with roughly parallel lines of these "P"s. Fill in each loop of your "P"s with a smaller teardrop shape. This can be colored in if you like. add radiating lines out from each line (sort of like the veins of a leaf.)
This pattern has been around for a very long time and can be found on tiles and other media from years ago in part 6 I will mention where I found this pattern and where you can find other patterns to inspire you. You start out with horizontal lines in twos and then repeat with vertical lines. Color in the boxes at the intersections and then make elongated teardrops around the center point of each of your squares.