24-Z by B e v e r l y

 

 

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Hard to believe but we have come to the end of the 24th session of ABC Wednesday. This week we end with Z.

Z is for Zentangle

I am sure many of you have doodled with pen and paper, drawing circles or hearts or odd shapes. I encouraged my students to doodle with different lines and shapes.

Drawing zentangles is a much more structured form of doodling. This method of drawing was created by Rick and Maria and is a registered trademark.

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Lines are drawn on small cards in pencil and then different designs are created in each space, usually with a Pigma micron pen (although I have used other thin permanent markers).
After filling the spaces with different zentangles, you can then shade to add more depth.
The usual cards are 3.5 “ square tiles, made from Italian paper.

The basic steps are (as detailed in Totally Tangled by Sandy Steen Bartholomew)
1. Dots – make a dot in each corner of the tile with a pencil. Then join the dots, making a border
I am using the pen so you can see the steps easser)

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  1. String – draw several lines in pencil – called the string – that will give you the needed spaces to draw the tangles

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  1. Tangles – using your pen, fill in each space with different zentangles

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  1. Shade – you can use your pencil to add depth by shading

 

Names are given to each design, such as AHH, Betweed, Binial. There are over 150 different zentangles. And many, many ways of combining them in pleasing designs.

Check here for getting started at the Zentangle website.
I have taken a course from a registered zentangle teacher and have since bought several books to improve my skill level. (Check here for my favourite.)
Here are some examples of zentangles I have created:

It is a very relaxing hobby. I have taken pens and cards with me when I travel – an easy way to destress and be creative in small chunks of time. For some, it is even meditative.

 

 

Added by Melody:
And as a little ‘goodbye-note’ because per start of round 25 he will stop to be a teammember, Roger sais: “Visualize peace”
Since Beverly will also stop to be a teammember starting round 25…

I say: Thank you so much for having my back the past rounds since I took over!

23-Z by Beverly

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We have now come to the end of Round 23 – Z marks the finale of this round.

Z can be many things – the zip in your step, the zoo for animals, the beauty of zinnias, winning a lottery with 6 zeroes.

But Z also stands for the Zodiac. Through time astrologers have predicted futures, based on the position of stars, sun and moon. Who hasn’t read their horoscope from time to time. We may scoff, but many believe strongly in having their horoscope read.

The zodiac is made up of 4 elements, with 3 signs for each:

Water – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

Fire – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Earth – Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

Air – Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

I am sure most of us know our signs and maybe even what traits are associated with them.

I am a Capricorn. Here is an art tag with that sign that I created:

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Check here to learn more about the history of the zodiac or about the signs.