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How to Create Watercolor Backgrounds for Your Zentangle

Life is a long journey. You can make the most of it only when you can control the everyday pressure and stress of your life.

Let me ask you a few questions:

> Do you feel stressed after a day’s work?
> Do you not feel confident enough?
> Do you go to sleep with lots of worries in your mind?
> Do you struggle to maintain your focus?
> Have you lost the feeling of pride in yourself?

If your answer to all these questions is YES, you really need help. But you don’t need to go to a therapist when the solution is right at your table. Have you ever heard of the art of Zentangle?

What is Zentangle?

Zentangling is a new drawing concept, which is gaining immense popularity all across the globe. Developed by Rick and Maria from Massachusetts, Zentangle is a therapeutic art form. If you draw Zentangle patterns on a daily basis, you’ll notice a huge, positive change in your everyday life.

Zentangle is the art of drawing beautiful, repetitive patterns that will relax your mind and help you be at peace with the world.

Different Zentangle Patterns

There is no limit to how many amazing patterns can be created the Zentangle way. First of all, you create a square shape, a rectangular shape or a circular shape on a white sheet of paper. Second, you divide the shape into multiple smaller sections. Finally, you start filling each section with repetitive lines.

So, every Zentangle pattern is created one line at a time.

There are some official Zentangle patterns that you can easily check out on the web by watching video tutorials. Popular official patterns include Crease, Narwal, Arukas, Munchin etc.

Once you are aware of the basics of Zentangle, you can create your own unique patterns and treasure them in the form of beautiful memories. Or, you can also gift these designs to your near and dear ones.

Creating Backgrounds for Zentangle

Zentangle boosts your creativity manifolds. Just like you draw Zentangle doodles on a white sheet of paper, you can also create them on eye-catching backgrounds of different colors and designs. Drawing Zentangle patterns on a background leads to the creation of something of incredible beauty.

To start with, you can create a wide range of engaging watercolor backgrounds for your Zentangle designs. There are many artists who have already done it for you. You can watch and learn from them.

Here’s a quick video that shows you how to create wonderful watercolor backgrounds for your Zentangle doodles.

  • Pocket-sized lightweight box is ideal for the outdoor artist
  • The set offers a number of mixing surfaces with a slide out palette and a mediums dish
  • It contains 14 half pans of Cotman Water Colour and one Cotman Series 111 Water Colour brush

The Art of Zentangle – Release Your Inner Artist

Everyone of us has doodled at some time or the other. Remember your school days when you drew multiple doodle patterns. Many people doodle unknowingly; they draw things absentmindedly. Doodling is fun. It’s a favorite pastime for many people, no matter how old they are.

But here’s a new concept – The Art of Zentangle.

Zentangle Can Be Called ‘Glorified Doodling’

You can look at Zentangle as ‘glorified doodling’. Zentangling and doodling are two different things. When you start drawing patterns the Zentangle way, your mind enters into a state of relaxation.

If life is an art form, there’s an artist in everyone of us. All you need to do is take the time to rediscover that inner artist and start showing the world how you feel internally and about the world around. And what better way to express yourself through drawing than Zentangle. The design patterns in Zentangle aren’t meant to overwhelm you, rather they help you relax your mind.

Zentangle Suits Adults and Kids Equally

The best part about Zentangle is that anyone can do it. You don’t have to be extremely talented to create Zentangle patterns. Drawing Zentangle doodles is simple – much like adult coloring books.

Creating Zentangle patterns is therapeutic in nature. It is an excellent way to express your creative skills. You can express your personal feelings using the Zentangle Method – one stroke at a time. Though these patterns start with simple steps and repetitive patterns, the outcome is something of incredible beauty. The designs are aesthetically pleasing and meditative.

How to Learn Zentangle

Depending on where you are located, you may have access to different kinds of resources to learn the art of Zentangle.

You can learn Zentangle from:

> Certified Zentangle Teachers
> Zentangle Books
> Zentangle Video Tutorials

If you live in the United States, you can easily find a number of teachers or tutors who will help you learn the techniques of Zentangles. Otherwise, you can read books or watch online videos. Watching videos on YouTube is the cheapest way to understand, learn and the practice the art.

When you start, you can simply copy numerous Zentangle doodles out there. Just grab a black pen and a piece of paper (called a tile) and start drawing. This art form doesn’t require the use of a ruler. Once you get the hang of what Zentangle doodling is all about, you can start creating your own unique patterns.

Given below is a video tutorial which shows you how to create different types of Zentangle doodles. Watch it now!

Reduce stress and increase creativity with the relaxing art of Zentangle®! Inside you'll find:

  • 101 tangle patterns broken down into easy-to-follow steps
  • Personal stories from others who have increased their creativity and well-being through Zentangle
  • Galleries of Zentangle and Zentangle-Inspired Art

Do you tangle? This book will teach you how! Inside you will learn the basic theory of Zentangle—an easy-to-learn method of pattern drawing that reduces stress while promoting creativity—and find instructions for drawing more than 100 tangles from Certified Zentangle Teachers, including Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning.

This beautiful book is filled with examples of Zentangles and Zentangle-Inspired Art, as well as Zentangle craft projects and compelling stories from those who have improved their well being through Zentangle.

All you need is a pen, paper, and this book to get started on your Zentangle journey!

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Does this sound like you?

You know how crazy life can get and yet you strive to look for the silver lining.  You are determined to make the most out of every opportunity given to you.  You are determined to make your time on earth count through small and not so small contributions.

If so, won’t you consider coming together with like-minded, positive thinkers to bring some life in to our Pinterest board?

Under the motto “It’s about life, it’s about color, it’s about time!”, Inkovator is building a presence on Pinterest!  And here’s what we want to do:  We want to curate some of the most inspiring and beautiful photos our community comes up with.

That’s why we created this board:

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Celebrate your love of life by sharing images of what inspires you, be it your pet, your favorite painting or your beautiful family. Post a link to your Pinterest profile to our Facebook wall (http://www.Facebook.com/inkovator) to request to become a contributor to this board. (Please only post photos you own to this Pinterest board.)

So if you are all about inspiring and sharing beauty, and if you have a keen eye to grab the occasional snapshot, and if you’re open to sharing with like-minded awesome people, why not join us!

It’s really easy.  Simply drop a message on Inkovator’s Facebook wall – make sure you share your Pinterest profile so we can add you as a contributor.  And when we see that, we’ll add you as a contributor! *

How cool is that?

But wait, that’s not all!

Once a month we’ll let the community vote on their favorite pin and we’ll come up with something special to acknowledge the pinner!

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Stress Bursting Neon ZenDoodle

Do you know how Zentangling is transforming people’s lives all across the world? If you don’t, you should start practising this art form yourself. This is an art form which people use to create different types of beautiful, repetitive patterns. Zentangle is different from other art forms in the sense that it’s meditative in nature and provides numerous benefits that meditation can bring.

When it comes to Zentangle, the line ‘one size fits all’ proves true. This art form is all encompassing. Just like it offers people limitless possibilities in terms of creating drawings or patterns, it can also be practised by anyone, belonging to any background and living in any part of the world.

Zentangle – An Effective Therapeutic Treatment

The modern-day life is full of stress, confusion and worries. Living life in the midst of all the competition and chaos isn’t easy for everyone. Often times, the fast pace of life ruins productivity and affects health. When things go out of control, people start seeking help from therapists. In some cases, it works and in others, it doesn’t. But the therapeutic techniques costs money whether it heals or not.

Zentangling is one kind of therapeutic treatment which doesn’t cost you money. It’s an art form that you can practice with only a black pen and a piece of white paper. And you can get started anywhere, anytime.

Here’s how you can benefit from Zentangle:

  • Entertain yourself
  • Relax your mind
  • Improve your handwriting
  • Finetune your eye-hand coordination
  • Have more focus
  • Take your artistic skills to the next level
  • Boost your self-esteem

These benefits are only the tip of the iceberg. Zentangle is being used by people in umpteen ways. Whether you know how to draw or not, you can start practising this art form and improve your life.

Drawing the Very Amazing Neon ZenDoodle

Have you ever had a look at a Neon ZenDoodle or any other Zentangle pattern? What’s to be noted is that Zentangle patterns look complex at the first glance. But once you understand how the pattern was actually drawn and start to follow the steps of the process yourself, you’ll find it to be simple enough. Zentangle patterns don’t have an up or a down and so they are not oriented. This art form allows you all the freedom in the world to let your creative juices flow and create any repetitive pattern according to your mood at a point of time. However, the drawing process of Zentangle requires deep focus so that you can create something unique.

Given below is a video tutorial that shows you an excellent Zentangle pattern you can play with – Neon ZenDoodle.

You need:

neon zendoodle

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zendoodle sampler zentangle pattern styles

How to Draw a Zendoodle Sampler (Zentangle Pattern)

How long have you been drawing? Whether you are an artist or a doodler, Zentangle is art for one and all. There are hundreds of thousands of eye-catching patterns that can be created using Zentangle. Drawing a Zendoodle Sampler is something that will immediately inspire you to learn Zantangling.

Rediscover Yourself with Zentangle

If you are not aware yet, Zentangle is newest form of drawing that’s attracting everyone’s interest – all across the world. It’s a fantastic way to rediscover yourself and see life from many different perspectives.

Zentangle is something that doesn’t require any previous training in art or specific skills. You can get started with Zentangle anywhere, anytime. You don’t need to be in any particular location or have an advanced toolkit to practice this art form. All that you need is a passion to let yourself pass through a process that’s so mesmerizing. That’s what makes Zentangles unique in its own sense.

Have you always struggled to –

> Reduce stress in your daily life?
> Boost your self-esteem?
> Express yourself in a better, more effective way?
> Solve problems quickly
> Have more focus in professional and personal life?
> Increase your confidence
> Gain access to inner knowledge

If your answer is a quick YES to all these questions, playing with Zentangles is all you need. Everyone is talking about and it’s gaining more popularity with every passing day. You’ll like it too – for sure.

Zentangling is Likable, Relaxing and Fun

There are many people who complain they can’t draw. Zentangle is for them. This art form is accessible to all, and it’s not expensive. If you only have a black pen and a white sheet of paper, you can start to Zentangle. Since the possibilities of how many patterns one can create using Zentangle are endless, the fun and relaxation that you experience while practising this art is also limitless.

Use Zentangle Tiles as Gifts

Zentangle tiles that you create can be cherished for a long time to come. If you keep on collecting all the Zentangle tiles that you create in one place, you can turn it into a beautiful album to be shared with near and dear ones. What’s more, you can also plan to gift these wonderful tiles to someone you like or love. The patterns are extremely likable because each of them says something deep in meaning when reflected upon. That’s exactly why these patterns are also good topics for discussion.

If you are ready to Zentangle, here is a video that shows you how to draw a Zendoodle sampler for inspiration.

how to make a polymer clay zendoodle pendant

How to Transfer a Zentangle Design on Polymer Clay and Make a Pendant

The possibilities of what you can do with art and how you can take it to the next level are simply endless. Zentangle, the art of creating beautiful and repetitive patterns, can be used in a number of ways.

If you just take a look at how people are Zentangling for relaxation and entertainment, you’ll be surprised.

You may be wondering about the creation of Zentangle or who brought up the concept for the entire world to take pleasure from. Let’s just tell you a little bit of history. Around nine years ago, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, native of Central Massachusetts,  discovered the art form of Zentangling during their drawing practice. Today, it’s become a phenomenon and a large number of people around the globe are practising it to achieve different purposes in their lives.

The Popularity and Benefits of Zentangle

Whether it’s Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, USA, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan or UK, Zentangle has taken people by storm. People from a variety of backgrounds are choosing Zentangle to enjoy, create and share Zentangle art with one another.

Key benefits of Zentangling include:

Relief from stress
> Increase in creativity
> Improvement in sleep patterns
> Boosted self-esteem
> Anger management
> Better concentration/focus
> Design inspiration

In fact, the list of benefits that people are deriving from Zentangle goes on. You can practise Zentangle for both mental and physical benefits. Since the art form isn’t restricted to a specific set of skills or age group, simply anyone anywhere can start to Zentangle and have fun.

There are Certified Zentangle Teachers Too!

The ever-growing popularity of Zentangle has attracted art teachers who are fast becoming Certified Zentangle Instructors. The founders of Zentangle (Maria and Rick) are traveling from one city to another to let more people discover the joy of Zentangling and improve their lives. You can’t imagine the kind of creations that can come out of Zentangle – until you start practising it.

Whether you want to practice it alone, in a group or with your own kids at home, Zentangling can prove to be a lot of fun. Learning this art form doesn’t require any talent, so you can get started with it anytime. Usually, you start with a square drawn on a piece of white paper, split it up into multiple sections and then create a wide range of patterns in each section. This is an art form that doesn’t aim for perfection. Just let yourself free and enjoy the process.

Zentangle Pattern on Polymer Clay

Here’s a video that shows you how you can take Zentangle to a whole new level by transferring a Zentangle pattern on Polymer Clay and create a beautiful pendant. And believe me, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Materials Used: Polymer clay, vinyl glue or liquid polymer clay, cutter, roller, tracing paper and permanent marker

auraknot zentangle tutorial

How to Draw Auraknot (Tangle Pattern)

Have you ever heard of the term ‘auraknot’? If you have a passion for Zentangle Art, auraknot is something you would love playing with. The auraknot drawing is as interesting as the term itself.

Zentangle for all ages

The art of Zentangling is fast catching up with people of all age groups. There’s simply no limit to how many beautiful patterns you can create using this method. Different people are using Zentangle to achieve different purposes or derive different benefits. Using this art form, you can even describe how you feel. And what you create can be as beautiful as any gift.

Zentangle is easy to learn

The Zentangle method is easy to learn for anyone. It’s not just relaxing and fun to draw various eye-catching patterns, but this self-soothing drawing technique actually touches lives. If you feel stressed, confused and depressed, Zentangling is something that will improve your life. The method is so effective that it allows you to redirect your focus and feel relaxed almost immediately. You can practice this art form in a public place, a private place or a school environment.

Falling in love with Zentangling

People are falling in love with Zentangle because –

> It’s relaxing
> It’s entertaining
> It’s motivating
> It’s artistic
> It’s therapeutic

The 1-2-3 of Zentangling

Usually, Zentangles are created on square tiles measuring 3.5 inches. It’s always drawn in black ink and on heavy white paper.

This art form is different from other forms of drawing or painting because it’s meditative in nature. It doesn’t use any type of technology and yet it’s very powerful and celebratory.

To create a piece of Zentangle art, you need to pay full attention.

Talking on the phone or listening to music or a lecture is going to stifle the huge payoff of zentangling.

Start with:

Simple steps that summarize the process of creating Zentangle art include:

> Start with the right supplies (white paper, pencil, black pen)
> Draw the outline or the border
> Draw a string inside the border
> Create a tangle
> Don’t erase mistakes
> Keep going on until you are done

Must follow rule?

Most importantly, Zantangle is something where you are not allowed to erase your mistakes.

That’s why you should draw any pattern that you like with adequate attention and intent focus. This way, Zentangle teaches you the life-learning lesson of adjusting to your imperfections.

When you first have a glance at this drawing, you’ll feel that it’s complex. But once you understand the steps, you’ll know how simple it is and how much fun it can be.

Basically, you begin with a series of points which can be in any order (or any way) as long as they are connected at the end. You join the edges and then draw the aura. You can draw the tangle pattern and stop after some time or just keep going around until there’s no more space left.

There are multiple variations that you can use to tangle the auraknot. The possibilities of auraknot drawing are many, and the fun endless.

Given below is a video which shows you how to draw auraknot.

coloring skin and hair with colored pencils

How to Color Skin and Hair Using Colored Pencils

If you’re learning to draw, you may want to create skin tones and draw hair with colored pencils at some point of time or the other. Whether it’s about coloring skin or hair, there are a few things that you need to learn to become perfect. If you are interested in finding out how to do it, you should certainly follow Emmy because she does it so smoothly. Emmy has practiced and learned the art.

In this video tutorial, Emmy draws a beautiful portrait of Anna Nooshin, a popular fashion blogger and author, while teaching you in easy and simple steps the art of coloring skin and hair.

Emmy suggests not being too hard on your pencil. At the same time, she also tells that the key to creating skin tone is to layer.

You’ll know more as you watch the video.

[Materials Used: Bristol smooth surface paper, Faber Castell polychromos pencils, Faber Castell pencil eraser, Caran d’ache luminance pencils, White uni posca 0.7mm]

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coloring skin with pan pastel and colored pencils

How to Color Skin with Pan Pastel and Colored Pencils

If you like playing with colored pencils and have a passion for drawing beautiful images, you must be aware of the magic colored pencils can do. You can draw a wide range of beautiful pictures with colored pencils. But have you ever experimented with pan pastel? Here’s an artist called Emmy who has mastered the art of coloring skin with pan pastel and colored pencils.

Emmy, a native of the Netherlands, likes to experiment a lot. She’s passionate about drawing beautifully herself as well as sharing her secrets with others. She has her own unique style of drawing.

In this video tutorial, Emmy uses pan pastel and colored pencils to create a beautiful skin tone you’ll love at the first sight. Find out how she draws a nice double portrait and follow her style to color like she does.

Here’s the video that shows you the process.

[Materials Used:Bristol smooth surface paper, Faber Castell polychromos pencils, Faber Castell pencil eraser, PanPastelWhite uni posca 0.7mm ]

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