About a year or so ago, I came across Zentangles. It is a form of doodling and I adore it. It takes a lot of concentration (for me) and therefore, is very calming. Who needs a therapist if you can doodle, right? RIGHT!! So needless to say, I tangle here and there for my own amusement (sanity).
Typically, zentangles can be viewed from any angle and have no definitive shape. Enter Zenspirations!! Joanne Fink takes zentangles and doodle patterns and creates magic. I don’t mean the word magic.. I mean sparkles and surreal and twinkles and jaw dropping glory! She is amazing! Her work pushed me back towards doodling and I fell head long into the middle of both forms of art. If it sounds interesting and you’re clueless to how to get started, here’s a couple of links to get you on your way. Just don’t forget to check out Joanne’s work too, the two combined honestly just creates a third way of life!
TanglePatterns.Com : Loads of patterns with instructions on each one from start to finish.
Tutorials @ TanglePatterns.Com : Also they have some tutorials to help you with pen selection and getting started.
I like to utilize ‘usable’ spaces so I made me a template for blank ATC sized cards to tangle up in doodles.. Or to doodle up in tangles.. oh.. to Tangdoodle! Ha! Each file has 8 ATC (Artist Trading Card) sized cards per page. This blank one is just that, completely blank. It prints up to 5 pages because I like making several at once to work with. ATC’s are typically 2.5 x 3.5 and used in swaps. I like to use them for journal cards and tangle cards for my art journal.
You can download the file here @ kitskorner.4shared.com. This link will take you directly to the file to download. These can be printed on any thickness of paper, but I use cardstock (typically white) because I’m still after the ‘zentangle’ look.