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Friday, October 01, 2010

Zentangles--The Basic Basics

Step 1: Draw a random outline (aka 'string') in pencil.
Step 2: Sketch in a rough grid in one of the sections outlined by the 'string'.

Step 3: Fill in the grid with some design or pattern.

The book I recommended yesterday is wonderful, although you don't necessarily need a book. There are plenty of websites--Some of the best sites I've found are here, here, and here.

I think one of the best things about Zentangles is their size. The 'standard' size for a Zentangle is 3.5" by 3.5" for the paper--considering the border, that means each zentangle fits in a roughly 3' square! (I make my paper 4" by 4" so that I can frame them in some 4" square frames I have). This diminutive size makes them quick to complete, which is wonderful, and easy to carry around with you, which is even better! 

My Zentangle "kit"

1 comment:

Lynn Cohen said...

Gee, they would fit perfectly in one of the little fabric quilted pockets I am making and selling now! ;-)
I love zentangles but call mine lyntangles and do them in all sizes. I actually like big ones. Very relaxing and fun to do while watching TV.