Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dabbling in Zentangle at Girls' Night Out!

Hello, Memory Bound friends!
Our Girls' Night Out group meets monthly for inspiration and fun. Lately the group has learning a new technique each time, facilitated by one of the group members. At the most recent meeting, customer Janis Timmons introduced the group to Zentangle.

What is Zentangle?  
According to
Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. 

In other words, it is a structured, "contained" doodle with repetitive patterns. Here are some samples I found around the web:

Zentangle shapes can be drawn by hand, but Janis taught the group how to incorporate STENCILS into a Zentangle project. In this example, Janis used a bird stencil and filled it with repeating patterns. Beautiful!

Here, Janis created a frame and sectioned it off into segments, then filled each one with a free-hand pattern:

Here Janis used overlapping leaf shapes and filled them with fall colors. This would make a lovely card front or home decor piece!
Zentangle projects can be monochromatic (often black/white) or colorful. If you want to color your Zentangle image, you can use colored pencils, watercolor, or Copic markers, to name just a few options. Janis showed the group how to use Ranger Distress Markers to add color to Zentangle drawings created on Neenah white cardstock.

Zentangle is very popular right now, and for good reason! By all accounts, it's very fun and relaxing! The ladies of Girls Night Out thoroughly enjoyed learning about this art form! Thank you, Janis!

If you'd like to learn how to make Zentangle projects, we've got several "how to" books and everything you'll need to get started. Stop by and we'll help you find what you need!

 And new folks are always welcome at Girls' Night Out! Our next meeting is on Monday, April 13, 6-7:30pm. It's FREE and always inspirational! Bring any projects you've been working on to share with the group. Call us at (515) 965-1102 for more information!

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