Zentangles -- Part 4
What Do I Do With Them?
You’ve done a few Zentangles now and you’re wondering what the heck to do with them all. Here are a few suggestions:
Post Cards – They are much cheaper to mail (only $.27) and you’ll save money on an envelop as well. You can send out a postcard at any time for almost any reason, so make a few to have around for last minute greetings.
1. Cut out 100-140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper to 4” x 6”.
2. If you have a
rubber stamp of a post card back, (which I happen to have) stamp it on the back
of the post card.
3. Zentangle a
design on the front. You can make a few
“Thank You,” Or “Happy Birthday” or
just a artistic design and hand write your sentiment on the back of the card.
Book Marks – For
your friends who still read normal books . . . (as opposed to E-Readers)
1. Create your Zentangle on a piece of heavy paper 2” x 6”
2. You can put a sentiment of the back of it, if you desire.
your bookmarks to a local office supply or copy store and have them
can usually get at least three bookmarks to a laminate page. Ask the clerk to make sure there
is at least an inch over the top of each bookmark.
you have a “sheet” of bookmarks, as the clerk to cut them individually for
that extra 1” at the top of each one.
a heavy duty hole punch, punch a hole at the top of each bookmark (in the
6. Use fancy string or ribbon to tie through the hole of each bookmark.
7. Pop them in an envelop and send them to your reader-friends.
Framed Artwork for yourself or your family/friends for various gift occasions. Even the smaller designs can be framed. These can be grouped together on a wall, on inside a larger frame. There are several places where you can pick up inexpensive frames. Or when you see a sale of them, put up a few for future needs.
During the summer months when your kids are home and bored, teach them to Zentangle using simple tangles. Frame their Zentangle artwork and give them away to their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends at school—or keep them for yourself and hang them in the kid’s rooms. They will be so proud that you are hanging them up in the house for everyone to see.
Giving your framed Zentangles to a charity for an auction is also a good idea. You might think anyone would purchase your work of art, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised when they do!
Greeting Cards – You can use these greeting cards any time of the year and for every occasion. This is where I would suggest using a scanner to first scan your Zentangle into your computer so you can use them over and over again.
1. If you scanned in your Zentangle into your computer, print them out to the desired size. *
One of the advantages of scanning in your designs is that when you print them you can make them any size you want/need. Just keep in mind that it’s better to make them smaller then it would be to enlarge them. When you shrink the Zentangle all the black areas that showed some unwanted white through them will look better shrunk a bit.
2. Using colored cardstock, cut it so that there is about ¼” around the Zentangle design.
a glue stick or double-sided glue runner (preferable) glue the Zentangle to the
white or lightly colored card stock, cut out a card that will give you at least
around the colored card stock. (I’m not going to give exact measurements here because you
can make any sized card as long as you can find an envelop that it will fit into. There are
square envelops as well.) The samples I have included above are all various sizes.
5. Glue the colored card stock with the Zentangle to the front of the white card stock.
6. Either stamp or hand write your sentiment inside and sign the card.
7. Slip it into a corresponding envelop and then pop it in the mail.
*You can make your card really stand out if you print two of your designs, both the exact same size. Cut out some areas of your Zentangle from the second print, and using pop dots or padded tape so that section will stand up, place it directly on top of the base Zentangle. (You will need extra postage for square envelopes and for pop-up designs.)
Artist Trading Cards—are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards, or (2 ½” X 3 ½”) You can buy the blank cards at a local craft/art store, or make them yourself using the watercolor paper. The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold. They are fun to have if you go to a Zentangle meeting, convention, or other occasions where any type of artists gather.
1. Zentangle on the front of the card.
2. On the back of the card put the following information:
Your contact information
Title of your artwork (Zentangle)
Medium (black ink)
ATC ID #*
*I recommend that if you do create these cards you number them and keep track of who took what number. It’s just a fun way to play the “Artist Trading Card” game.
If you are a teacher, Den Mother for Scouts or a 4-H Project leader you can teach the members of your group to Zentangle a design for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. You don’t always have to use watercolor paper for your Zentangle base—white tennis shoes, tote bags, etc. also make great media for Zentangles; also, boxes, textbook covers, figurines, the design possibilities are endless. The design possibilities are endless. Go ahead and get carried away!