I’ve been teaching myself the art of zentangling – which, if you don’t know, is the practise of making little drawings or letters and filling them in with an assortment of patterns to produce something quite eye-catching. Typically the work is done with pencil and pen, and therefore black and white. I know some people work with exacting measurements but not I…. Oh no, I must do freehand – and I must introduce some colour also – just to see what it looks like you understand.
Here is a pic showing the page with the first four I did
[Please excuse the quality of the photos, I took them just now, at night, under the centre light….]
Far from perfect – very far! – but quite absorbing to do and almost meditative.
Today, while cat-sitting my daughters boy, I doodled away at this:
Again, as you can see, very far from perfect – but not too bad for just the fifth try – do you agree?
Now while I was playing around with all that, I also took a short [and totally affordable!] on-line introductory course with the one and only Julie Fei-Fan Balzer on lettering. I’ve always thought what she does is quite eye catching but never quite knew where to start to give it a go myself.
It is remarkably easy and very fun. She is a great tutor – no airs and graces and makes it up as she goes along, which is just like in real life and completely disarming….
I learnt to make several sets of fonts in my own handwriting [which I haven’t photographed so can’t show you right now] …. but the last exercise was to doodle out a little phrase with full embellishments. I copied Julie’s example as the phrase fits where we are seasonally and emotionally with my own little twist to it:
I’m really pleased, happy and excited to see where else I can go with this new style of writing, especially in my art journal.
So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past five days or so – all-in-all a most satisfying week!
Thanks for dropping in – always nice to know you’ve been 🙂
It’s interesting that you took an ‘on-line’ course. I’d never considered that or even thought about it. I have used You-tube a ton for learning craft techniques, so much info out there. I used to love to doodle but never in an organized way. Remember those black light posters you’d colour inn? I had them hanging all over my room with a mushroom shaped lamp that had a black lightbulb in it…..LOL, so 70’s. I love the colours in ‘SPRING’ and especially the ivy wrapping around the letter ‘I’.
Thanks for dropping by, have to confess the word ‘spring’ is not at all original. It’s my take on the great Julie’s work …. I copied [blush] which is my way of learning – the next one was totally original and not nearly so pretty but the third one has come along quite nicely ….I like the on-line courses as it allows me to get a progression with a skill – especially when I don’t feel at all confident or proficient in it.
Beautiful. I really love the butterfly one and ‘Spring’… gorgeous! : )))
Thank you Anne 🙂 I’m an absolute beginner and still need lots of practise, but I’m really excited to think what is possible 🙂
So happy to know that my doodles are now art 🙂 Annie
I remember ‘zentangling’ way back when I was a child but we didn’t call it that (it was just doodling back then). But it was an awesome pass time and you’ve proven it gets better. Now I wish doodling wasn’t so frowned upon 😦 But yours are pretty cool. I cant decide whether I like the black and white ones or the coloured ones more.
I know, I had doodling thrashed out of me in my school days – now it is a legitimate art form! As a young teacher I discovered for some students, doodling helps them absorb lesson content when they are in listening mode. Now it’s known as being a kinaesthetic learner ….. the world turns and all things change!