Today’s Technique Thursday topic is something that has facilitated me for several years. Traditional Zentangle is quite an art. There is a specific training required to teach this style. It is quite popular amongst the Scrapbooking crowd. Personally I just don’t have the patience to do something as intricate as a Mandela or a large piece involving many types of tangles, however I could draw zentangled letters and hearts all day long. One of my favorite books is “Zenspirations by Joanne Fink” she also has a book on Dangles which is as the name suggests the long dangly elements in the letters below. I also recently purchased “The Art of Drawing Dangles by Olivia A. Kneibler” it is amazing. It has detailed instructions on how to do each letter as well as many words. I am sure I will be referring to it often.
The best thing about this type of drawing is that you can do it anywhere. Most kits to get you started include pre-cut small pieces of card stock. You could get started with your trusty pencil and some blank no lined index cards. I did the alphabet in the pictures on my iPad Pro. They were part of a monthly challenge on Instagram for the month of June. I couldn’t decide between the two D’s so included them both. My J looks more like a cross between a 7 and a saxophone LOL so I need to work on that particular letter a bit more. I encourage you to take a few moments and try it out for yourself. I find it very relaxing.