How to Add Watercolor to Your Zentangle Drawings

Here’s a cool pasttime catching the hearts of 8 year olds and 80 year olds. Zentangle drawings. I have to admit, it’s drawn me in, too.  It’s meditation with a pencil and any scrap of paper will do (although I’m taken with the beer coaster ideas, but more on that later).

Search on Google using terms like ‘Zentangle patterns’, ‘official Zentangle designs’, ‘how to Zentangle’ and ‘coloring Zentangle’ and you’ll know what I mean. There are so many blogs, blog posts, articles and video tutorials on how to Zentangle and how to take your skill to the next level. There are several beautiful books on Zentangle as well.

While drawing Zentangle is so much fun itself, adding color to these patterns is a lot more fun. There are plenty of techniques that you can use to incorporate colors and turn your Zentangle into beautiful work of art.

Draw Zentangle First

Do you know how to draw a Zentangle pattern? It’s easier than you can imagine. With some basic understanding and practice, you can get started with your pleasurable journey of Zentangling. And once you start, you’ll have so much fun and relaxation that you may never want to quit.

Follow these steps to create a Zentangle –

> Outline the shape (square, rectangle, circle etc)
> Divide it into multiple smaller sections
> Use a black pen or pencil to draw strings, one section after another
> Fill each section with repetitive patterns
> Add color or shade areas as you want

Drawing Zentangle is as simple as that. One thing that you would love is that there are no mistakes with this art form. You don’t need to plan in advance because there is no right and wrong with Zentangle. Once you become familiar with the basic concept of Zentangle, you can improve your skill with more practice and experimentation as most people do out there.

The next step is to learn how to be more intricate and detailed in your drawings. You’ll love playing with shading styles and color combinations and using a variety of coloring techniques.

Watercolor and Zentangle

By adding watercolor, you can enhance the graphic quality of your Zentangle within minutes. In fact, watercolor and Zentangle go together so fantastically. If you haven’t experimented with watercolor till now, you will truly find this coloring technique worth learning and applying to your Zentangle.

Suzanne McNeill, a famous craft artist, has mastered the art of adding watercolor to Zentangle designs.

Here’s a video tutorial in which Suzanne demonstrates how to incorporate watercolor with Zentangle drawings, step by step. The tutorial is simply packed with tips for anyone who is interested in learning something new.

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About the Author Andrea Wood Schmitz

Mom of 6, Christian, writer, publisher, coloring-addict, coffee dependent.

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