Do you know zentangle? If not, think of it as stylized doodling. You create a variety of patterns to fill a given space that somehow work together and define the different areas all at the same time.
So, I wanted to try my hand at Zentangle. The pictures I’ve looked at are in my view “cool”. I figured I could doodle. But, I don’t really draw. That was a stopper for me for a while. Then I had a brain flash or light bulb moment — why not do the drawing part in My Digital Studio?
After spending some time playing and thinking about what I would “draw”, I came up with the idea to create two candlesticks on a doily. Using just punches filled with white and outlining them with a black mat, I created my picture. From there, I printed it out on a laser printer so that the ink from printing wouldn’t run once I began to add my doodles.
I used a number 3 pencil as I knew there would lots of starts and restarts (it would only put down light marks) and a kneaded eraser. Those are the gray ones that sqush (yes, it’s in the dictionary) and do a great job picking up lead from paper. Last, I used a set of black micron pens. They have varying degrees of fine tips and are permanent. As I finished doodling a section and I liked the way it turned out, I inked it.
This is a really relaxing form of art. There are few things that capture most of our attention and this is one of them. Try it!
Then come back and leave me a comment about what you think.