Spent the weekend drawing colored Zentangles, like so:
Taken an age to upload this – wifi is terrible this weekend. Again this was drawn with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen and color was added with Derwent Inktense and Studio crayons.
I’ve been working in The Book this evening but have had to wait hours for an acrylic glaze to dry. Using a hairdryer had no effect whatsoever. The page isn’t finished yet for that reason but I will post a progress pic so you can see that creating has been done. I printed one of ‘my girls’ and made use of the sticky acrylic to adhere her. Made her a t-shirt from a small piece of fabric paper. Added some more fabric paper border I intend to add some text tomorrow. If it’s dry.
This is a scan and print of a Zentangle I drew last night. It has lost some of its intensity in the process. Pasted it into the book and journaled all over the page. I was annoyed with myself over some recent decisions regarding my son’s education and, while writing, was listening to another excellent talk by Sir Ken Robinson at TedTalks, ‘Bring on the Learning Revolution.” Well worth watching.
I’ve just done a few colored Zentangles – so far I’ve avoided color as, up until now I have been a bit of a purist and thought they should only be black and white pen drawings with a little added graphite shading. However, I might have changed my mind. Here is the original straight from my sketchbook.
Not my usual style of Zentangle, it must be said. This one was done quickly with markers instead of pen and pencil. There was a sense of freeing up as I laid down the lines, like a kid scribbling. Forgot to post it on Saturday when I did it. I like to use Zentangles to divide up areas of text in my journals. Like the one below.
Take some paper, fold it, sew it, splash some watercolor on it, collage it, crayon it, ‘zendoodle’ a border, add some thoughts or a pithy quote or two. There. You have your art journal. Okay, okay, you wanted more than that, otherwise you wouldn’t be here.
I made a Squidoo lens (page) all about creating an art journal from scratch. It includes Teesha Moore’s useful video which shows you how to make the black journal from a singe piece of 22×30″ watercolor paper. There are links to other art journal pages too, including a step-by-step ‘Create a Journal Page’.
If I was asked to give one word of advice of how to go about beginning an art journal (yes, I know I haven’t been asked but I’m going to give it any way), it would be ‘experiment’. Don’t worry about how it’s going to look when finished. It’s about giving yourself permission to be free. It’s not an art class; it’s a playground.