Monday, March 24, 2014

Circle Crazy


I used a cup to trace the circles, colored in the background black, and then filled the circles with some of my favorite designs.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Here's a ying-yang symbol that I filled in with zentangle. Around the symbol I used chalk pastels and practiced a little bit of blending in of purples and blues in the top right corner. Not my favorite piece of mine so far, but one that I thought should still be added to my blog as another example.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

In Between the Lines

For these two drawings I was practicing the technique of using zentangle to fill objects such as a guitar or map.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mountain View

When starting this piece, I wanted to do another circle zentangle but this time with a landscape inside. I googled zentangle mountain and found the image to the right (below). My final product is on the left.
I often get interesting comments from students and teachers that see me working on my drawings at school. One teacher walked by and said "wow that's awesome, I would get that tattooed!"

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A to B

I began on this page by simply practicing more patterns and as I was drawing, I decided that I wanted to add a quote or words of some sort. At the time when I drew this, "A to B" by Matt Hires was a song I was listening to a lot. I had recently found out about Matt Hires and really liked his style as an artist. My doodles reminded me of the song A to B, so I added the lyrics.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Black & White

I experimented with some new patterns within a circle. First I drew a circle. Then I drew criss-crossing lines throughout the circle to create sections. Using a solid black background in some sections gave the white images a nice contrast. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

First Attempt

This was my first attempt at a Zentangle drawing on December 10, 2013. I was inspired by a local teacher who was recently certified to teach Zentangle. She came to my school and held a workshop to teach the 6th grade about Zentangle. I sat in on the workshop to see if this was something I would be interested in. It turned out that I found it really relaxing and enjoyable! I then got a pack of thin-tip colored Sharpies and tried it out. In this piece, I practiced the designs the teacher had showed us during the workshop and a few patterns of my own. I came to realize that Zentanlge can be whatever you want it to be. What you draw doesn't necessarily need to be a registered trademarked pattern. Creativity is what this is all about. I turned this piece into a landscape with the sun, mountains, and river.