A short while back I mentioned about creating some off-the-cuff patterns and then whilst looking for something completely different on YouTube I found ZENTANGLES!!
Now, to start with I thought oh yes, I doodle when I am on the phone, in a boring meeting etc so what is so great about this?
Well, it is portable, addictive and fun!! The above is one of my first attempts using cartridge paper and a black sharpie pen. I widened each of the outside loops which seemed to bring out each of the layers even more.
This is a pattern which is linked to a project which I am doing at school. Year 7 are making a hand stitched mini wall hanging based on one of the four elements. I used water to do my example and I got the vote of approval today. I like to show that i can do the work as well as set it.
I shall show you some of their work next week once I have photographed it and marked it.
I have been watching keenly the work over at Crafty Panda who has produced some of the most fantastic patterns ever!! Do go over and have a good look at her current post but also several over the past weeks. Your jaw will drop! They are sooo cleverly done, very well drawn indeed. Do take a look at Youtube as well, there are loads of clips which you can watch and pause to try the ideas yourself.
I did have a go at adding some watercolour paints but I am not so sure on this. I think that the colours need to be much bolder, but I shall try some more ideas and see where it leads me.