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Zentangle-Inspired Art - ZIA
Zentangle® is the art of creating abstract black and white pen drawings on a 3.5" x 3.5" piece of watercolor paper. However, there are many variations and interesting departures from the original Zentangle definition. We call these wanderings and meanderings "Zentangle-inspired art". Using the basic guidelines of Zentangle, we can increase the size of the drawing, transfer it to a three-dimensional object or add color - lots of color.
They look complicated but once you have grasped the basic techniques, you will find them quite simple.
Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.
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Materials for Zentangle-Inspired Art
Watercolor paper or a sturdy sketch pad. Moleskines are good.
Graphite pencils - one or two; HB and 2B are recommended.
Sakura Pigma Micron pens from 01 - 05
Colored Sakura Pigma Micron pens
Colored pencils - try Prismacolor
Watercolor pencils - Again, try Prismacolor or Derwent Inktense for jewel-like colors. I also have some individually chosen watercolor pencils in pastel tints.
Watercolor paint. - Try sparkly Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor Set, 21-Colors.
Water soluble markers like those from Prismacolor
Tombow brush tip markers
I have a set of these and they are great for Zentangle - you only need to add a dot of color, then pull it down into the tangle with a water paintbrush.
A true Zentangle can be viewed from any side. Rotate yours - you might be surprised.
Techniques for Color Zentangles
There are several ways to produce beautifully colored Zentangles. Try them all!. You could start with a previously created drawing and simply color it with pencils. Scan or photograph your piece before changing it though, so you have a record of the original.
Make a more vibrant Zentangle by coloring with watercolor pencils and then dampening the pigment with a little water. All the drawings on the page have been made more-or-less in this way.
Lay down a watercolor wash or several washes of color and draw your Zentangle right on top of the dried watercolor paint. Avoid mixing the three primary colors or you will end up with a dull muddy color.
Use markers to create brilliant pieces of art. If you use water soluble ones then you can produce all kinds of effects.
Colored doodle - by Molossus
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