Zentangles

Last spring I came across an interesting style of art. It’s called Zentangles and produces complex-looking art, yet it is simple to do. Here’s their website:

http://zentangle.com/index.php

Their tag line is “Anything is possible…one stroke at a time.”

I’ve done a few Zentangles, mostly by starting with their “tangles” then making variations of it.

Now, I’ve joined with a couple of friends and we are doing Zentangle challenges, where we start with a basic design, then do our own take on it. The design on the left is our original work and the one on the right is our enhanced piece. Here are some examples:

Color is important to me.

Color is important to me.

I added new tangles to this one.

I added new tangles to this one.

This will be the front page of a small notebook of my Zentangles

This is the front page of my Zentangle Challenge book.

The artwork starts off small as they use 3 1/2 inch squares of heavy paper. Some of the designs on their website become quite large and complex. For the challenges, we are going a little smaller so they will fit in the notebooks we have.

For my own tangle variations and practice, I’m using the larger size and have started a notebook of them, using old floppy discs as the covers. I’ll post more on those later.

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