From the Wingdoodle (click here to see images) site:
I wanted to share my idea for saving tangles. It works really great and you always have a reference right on hand wherever you go. I divide a page in my book up into squares and then draw the tangles and label them. Start at the back of the book so you can add tangles as you discover and create more of them . I am never stuck for an idea and only have to carry one book. We also have trading cards that Sandy designed divided up into 6 small squares on the back. That enables you to draw step by step instructions for each tangle. There is a larger space under the small squares where you can write the instructions and then on the front you can do a string and do the tangles plus label and sign the card.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Depending on how you shade it, BB can look like stacks of books, or a bunch of washers. This one is a lot of fun! To make it even more 3-D, use a very simple background pattern, like Keeko, and use shading to tone it down even further.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Yes, even kids have patterns! Well... that's another post, but this one is about finding patterns in the things your kids watch and draw. The image above is a few pages in my Zentangle sketchbook. The first one is from an animated movie called "Happily N'ever After". It was kind of dumb, but the floor of the castle tower had this amazing mosaic pattern on it. Yeh, my kid thought I was whacked when I said, "Oh rewind that, I need to draw the floor!!" The sketch I made is a quick, rough one, but I captured the idea - kind of a Zendala, but more like a game board spinner. Can't you just imagine this with a spinner? What a great way to choose what design to use next, eh? So pay more attention to what's on TV and in catalogs. Kids' clothing catalogs have some great patterns to tangle.
The second page above shows a bunch of little jellybean people and creatures that my daughter has been drawing. She's only 2 and a half now, so I imagine she'll probably have her own line of stamps by the time she is four too (like my son did). I went through her stack of crayon drawings and sketched the little creatures into my notebook. I've been using them - my own interpretation of course! - in some recent journal entries. I love art journals and writing, but I often have a really hard time getting myself to actually journal. So I've been using Zentangles to get started and incorporating quotes or random thoughts, or even song lyrics, into the design. It's very easy. Just start by drawing a "string" (guideline) where you want the text to be. You can even lightly sketch in the words. When you ink them, add little flourishes, then Zentangle around them.
This is a page I did in the same journal, while on my recent adventure. (My mother and I took a train from Boston to Seattle, then a cruise up to Alaska). The train was incredibly BUMPY! and it was hard to tangle and write. So, I used that as my inspiration. notice that I incorporated some of the scenery in along the edge. I used the repetition of the posts and the train cars as a tangle-y pattern. I am really hooked on Lilah's jelly bean people! I even tangled their hair! I did another piece with them that I will upload later.
Hey all, I'm back from my Alaska adventure! In case you were wondering why there have been no Tangles for the past few weeks. This week's tangle is one I actually saw on the cruise boat. No kidding! Here's a photo of the hall rug... too weird eh?
And this chair I saw in the Seattle Public market. At first I was intrigued by the pattern on the seat. But then I realized that, not only is the entire chair a Zentangle waiting to happen, but there's "Nightsbridge" (checkerboard) in the background. If I ever catch up to being home again... I'll try creating a tangle from this photo!!