Generating Ideas - Brainstorm ideas about your Zentangle Design. **See the final design section below to understand project requirements**
What is a Zentangle? Zentangles are very different from regular drawing.. They are a form of artistic meditation that even non-artistic people can do. The Zentangle process is just as important as the final product. They are similar but different to doodles. Doodles are done without paying attention or concentrating on what you are doing. It is often done as a distraction when you are involved in another activity like listening to a teacher or in a meeting. Zentangles require more focus on the actual design.
Sketchbook Please write the following words and definitions in your sketchbook.
Tangle - One structured abstract (i.e., nonrepresentational, nonfigurative, nonobjective, nonrealistic) pattern created with at most 2 or 3 simple elemental strokes drawn with a fine-nib black ink pen
Zentangle- an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns
Tiles - square shaped, heavy-weight paper
String- a line or lines that divide the area within a border into sections to be filled with tangles.
Researching- Below is a list of websites and video links to help you learn about Zentangles and to find patterns
3. Visual Development Choose a minimum of 5 different patterns. Practice them in your sketchbook & Include pencil shading trials. - Create a sketch of your complex image & how/where you will place your zentangle designs.
4. Final Design Directions Use a pencil to break up the surface of the paper into different shapes of varying sizes - Lines in a Zentangles are called Strings and they divide the shape into individual sections. - Your overall shapes can be a more recognizable form or be random - Include small, medium, and large shapes Choose a section and begin to fill it with a repetitive pattern. - Fill in lightly in pencil - Use a minimum of 5 patterns - Big and small shapes, thick and thin line, white and dark shapes - Balance out patterns so they are spread around the paper evenly Continue adding repetitive patterns for each section. Change the patterns. Be creative! Outline your pencil lines with Sharpie and fill in some areas solidly - Vary the amount of values in sections so that some areas (white, light, middle, dark, and black) - Balance the values so that there is not one area that is too dark or too light The patterns should fill 90% of the paper so that there is little to no areas left blank. Add shading with a pencil to make areas appear 3-Dimensional or raised above other areas. Be neat. Place a scrap of paper under your hand to prevent smudging.
5. Refinement - Ask 3 people what is working and what needs to be improved. Make changes as necessary- erase pencil marks, clean up marker edges, etc.