Do you doodle or draw? I (Kristina) like to, on occasion – whenever I think I can focus for more than five minutes at a time on it. I do not like to doodle “aimlessly”, however. In order to satisfy my desire to doodle, but please my “inner aimless critic”, I fell to the “Zentangle” drawings.
I happened to run across this book one day while at my local Michael’s craft store. I thumbed through it really quickly, but the one thing that stuck with me was “just begin”. I decided to order it from Amazon, and was starting to “tangle” within a week.
I really liked all the drawings and patterns I found on Pinterest (see my Pinterest board here) and was totally inspired. I researched more and more. I’d often find new patterns to try, and even a few apps on Google Play that had basic patterns and instructions. I tangled through almost an entire sketch pad. I sent my tangles to others in our Lilypad Pocket Letters. I scanned them in and used them on our TLP ATC Swaps. I have them saved on my cell phone as my home screen wallpapers. I’ve scrapped pages about them… I’ve even gotten permission from my husband to tangle on the walls of our home – though I haven’t done that yet (hello, we tell our toddlers they are not allowed to color on the walls, why should I get to??!?).
I learned quickly that you just can’t rush your tangles. I loved my doodles so much more when I took time to do them carefully. Also, going slowly helped them to be so much more therapeutic! I loved being able to put all my focus into it, and find some quiet inside my head.
Even though I tangled a lot, I often struggled with a starting point. I’m not sure why, but staring at a blank paper was sometimes daunting. Other times, I’d have an idea of a patterned page, but couldn’t get the shapes right to start with. This is where Kate’s doodles have come to help me. Using these packs –Big Doodled Pocket Journalers, Me and My Marker Filler Cards, Doodled Pocket Frames – I’ve made these Zentangle starter pages.
The purpose of these starter pages is to take away the “daunting blank page” issue. I’ve started a beginning pattern with just the shapes, and then as I can focus, I fill in one at a time. I love that I can continue to come back to it, but not feel like I’m starting over.
These took many days to get this far (and then my daughter wanted to color my tangles…)
When I saw these newest marker cards from Kate, I knew immediately I would be using them as pocket tangle starters! I printed them, cut them up, and slid into my purse. The weekend came, and I took the kids to the closest play place. They played, and I spent time doodling on my starters!
Making the first set of starter pages was as simple as moving the shapes into a pattern I wanted. I explained the process in a previous blog post about coloring pages. The second set of Marker cards are a current freebie from Kate, and were already print ready! I didn’t have to do anything different with them. Easy Peasy!!
If you’d like to have a go at Zentangling too, you can download three of my starter sheets to get started! Happy tangling!