This guide aims to help you get to grips with the basics of zentangle, looking at its key benefits and explaining how it could have a positive impact on your day-to-day life, all the way through to how to get started with different tangling ideas and templates!
Looking for a little inspiration to get started in the wonderful world of zentangle? If you prefer crafting in groups or using different artist mediums in your crafting, this versatile technique gives you free rein to alter it to suit your needs. Here are a few ideas for how you could mix it up a little.
Zentangle is a fantastic solo activity, but can be great fun to do as a group too. So get some like-minded friends together and let the creativity flow! You could print or produce the same zentangle background design for everyone, and compare each individual's finished results once the designs have been tangled! Alternatively, you could each start on one page, then swap with someone after 30 minutes to let them complete the second half.
Why not try adding another medium to the mix? You could fill in the blank spaces in your zentangle background design with watercolours, acrylics paints or coloured inks, wait for them to dry, then tangle in black ink over the top.
Add some glamour to your finished zentangle pieces with glitter or gem embellishments. You could even selectively apply shimmery glue to enhance some of the intricate details and create instant dimension. Once complete, seal your work of art with decoupage glue for longevity.
All you need is a fine-tip black pen (pigma micron pens are ideal), a piece of paper and a shaped object. To produce circles, you could use an empty cup or cardboard tube; to produce squares, a stack of post-it notes would do. Simply trace around your chosen object multiple times over your piece of paper to produce the outline of your desired shape, ensuring that some of them overlap.
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