IN sketchbooks, ON sketchbooks,
on shoes, eggs, rocks,
and even myself.
I draw big or small,
on paper, on my phone and tablet, and on chalkboards.
My friend, Kathy Schillemat, was aware of my love for drawing and introduced me to Zentangle. For those of you who are not familiar with this, it is a form of focused doodling that allows artists of any skill level to create beautiful, intricate designs. The philosophy is "Anything is possible one stroke at a time." Of course, I fell in love with it instantly. Here are some examples of my Zentangle designs:
I love how you can find inspiration for creating patterns from all around you, especially from nature. Kathy, who is a bit of an outdoor enthusiast, created these wonderful pieces by doodling on dried shelf mushrooms that she found on dead trees while hiking. I love how unique these are and how they tie together nature and art.
I'm finding that Zentangle and doodling is becoming more and more popular. There are some great resources if you are interested in learning more. The official Zentangle website is a good place to start. I also found a whole display of kits and supplies at my local craft store (pictured below). And there are plenty of books out there. I recommend Joy of Zentangle. It covers the basics and has step-by-step instructions for lots of individual patterns (or "tangles"). I also love that it doesn't have a lot of "exercise pages" that you might find in other doodling books. (I'm not a huge fan of buying a book where half of it is blank pages.)
I've created some free downloads as well. The first is just some general advice and ideas to get started. The second is a worksheet for creating a floral pattern, which is my favorite type of pattern to draw. Enjoy!
Floral Pattern Worksheet
This is a great resource for those interested in surface pattern. This site includes a free digital magazine and various courses on the subject.
Learn more about Zentangle here.
From my art and illustration website: