I had a question from Vicki about yesterday’s card. This was the card:
And this was her question:
“I haven’t heard of zentangle’s so what are they? Is this a new trend coming in stamping?”
Thanks for asking Vicki 🙂
A zentangle is an abstract drawing with structured patterns. It’s similar to doodling, except for the fact that patterns are repeated rather than fully freeform. It’s a bit of a trend in card making or art more generally at the moment, rather than stamping specifically, but I think it’s always great to draw on any artistic trends and see how they relate to stamping 🙂
My efforts aren’t the real deal zentangle by any stretch, but here’s how I combined the technique with my stamping:
Step 1 – To use the zentangle technique I chose some stamps that had defined areas where I’d be able to add zentangle patterns. I stamped these in Black Stazon onto Whisper White card.
Step 2 – Taking my marker, I added a pattern at a time to the separate areas, repeating patterns and building them up gradually.
It takes quite a bit of patience, these aren’t quick to complete, but on the other hand you can stamp them out, pop them in your bag with a marker and just add a bit more whenever you have a few spare minutes, no need for lots of supplies.
My patterns were very basic – dots, solids, stripes etc. For ideas of more complex patterns and how to build them then simply google “zentangle” or search for it on Pinterest and you’ll find lots of beautiful examples.