Drawing Patterns: Shading that POPS: Zentangle Inspired Art | Kim Mastromartino | Skillshare

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Drawing Patterns: Shading that POPS: Zentangle Inspired Art

teacher avatar Kim Mastromartino, create with joy

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction Drawing Patterns: Shading that POPS

    • 2. Stepout:Building Patterns 1

    • 3. Tools and Supplies

    • 4. Yincut Pattern

    • 5. Yincut2

    • 6. Waves or Meer Pattern

    • 7. Rainbow Bridge Pattern

    • 8. Cubine Pattern

    • 9. Cubine 2

    • 10. Shading Patterns

    • 11. Summary

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About This Class


The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It can increase your focus and creativity, provide artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being.

You can find Zen in Zentangle. Everyone will end up with a different piece of art based on their unique spin on the tangle patterns.

You will learn:

  • ¬†Patterns using a simple step by step process
  • ¬†How to draw patterns and create variations
  • ¬†How to use shading to make your designs POP

Zentangle provides the opportunity for you to reach a calm and relaxed state of mind.  No planning needed, just allow the lines and shapes to unintentionally emerge on the paper.

With the Zentangle Method, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and easy to do. 

Fun and Relaxing

Share your completed project here in the course and receive appreciation from myself and others!

Find a pencil, thin black felt tip pen, and paper ( 3"-5" square art card, cardstock or watercolor paper). Join me for some fun and relaxation!   Click on the class project and you will find a template to print out. You can practice building your patterns on this template. Enjoy!


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Kim Mastromartino

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I have been an artist ever since discovering the joy of painting pinecones and rocks at age 4. My inspiration has always come from PLAY and reflects concepts and materials inspired from my travels, relationship with others and mindfulness.

All art products and workshops have been playfully created to provide mindfulness and inspire happiness, creativity and play in your home or workplace.

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1. Introduction Drawing Patterns: Shading that POPS : Hi, I'm Kim. Welcome to drawing patterns, shading that pots. In this course, you're going to learn some great new patterns that when layered on with very simple shading , it really makes those patterns pop. In this course, you're going to learn for new patterns. 1st 1 is getting cut, built with very simple lines, line by line. 2nd 1 will be waves again, using lines, but this time in a wavy pattern. 3rd 1 will be Rainbow Bridge, and that was designed by Linda Farmer. It's a really beautiful circular type of pattern, and the 4th 1 will be que bine. This one is too great. Pattern looks complicated but really simple. Once you become familiar with those four patterns, I'm going to show you some very simple shading techniques that we can layer onto your beautiful Zen tangle art. They'll be very simple ways to place pencil down, shaded blend it no rules, and yet just a little bit really makes those patterns pop. I'll also show you ways to organize your patterns so that you can always go back and step by step, recreate any of the patterns that you created. There's a template attached to this course. So once we get to the video with the step phone, why don't you print yourself out a copy? And you can use that to organize some of your drawings. So let's get started in the next video. I'll show you some simple tools to make your beautiful art cards. 2. Stepout:Building Patterns 1: So we're gonna work through the first pattern of yin cut through Ah, step out way and then we'll work through the next three patterns right on the art card. So to make a step out, I simply have ah, piece of paper with a variety of boxes. And to start with a young cut, I'm going to start with my red pen because that's going to be my new line that goes in. And I'm simply going to make some lines that go slightly vertical this way. And that's step one in the next box. Since I've already done that once, I'm going to make those lines again. And the new line is lines that will go horizontal, and I'm making them in a box like shape. They can be smaller if you want. I'm just making them this way for demonstration. So in the third box, so right Step three. I think some of my boxes air a little bit big there, so I'm just gonna add in a couple more of these vertical lines going this way, a couple of more lines, or is Zonta Lee going this way? And then my new line is simply lines that will go in a vertical way. So I'm going to do every second box this way. Simple lines that just go from the line to the line. And because I'm going to skip a box, I'm going to do the next box and add a little sparkle to anything. What I do is I just leave a little space like that a couple of times. Give me one time two times three times, and in the end we'll see that it's a sparkle. So if I go down the next row, it's every 2nd 1 and you'll see that we can build it up a little bit by little bit. That was Step three. Let's take a look at Step four. We're going to repeat the first step, drawing lines slightly vertical again. They don't have to be exactly straight. They're gonna turn out the way that they can. There is no such thing as a mistake. Ins entangle Onley creative opportunities. So if yours doesn't look like mind, that's great, because it's not supposed to look like mine. That was step two. Step three is adding in the vertical lines, so step for is complete with all the vertical line. Let's take a look and add in now the horizontal lines. So because this is a new step, I'm just adding it in and read. Then I know exactly what step what step comes next, and and so as we come to the end of doing our pattern of yin cut in, the next video will go on to a new pattern. But this time we'll put it directly on the art card. So you're going to need an art card that you're black pen and getting ready to make your beautiful art card. This one was called the In Cut, and it is a traditional is entangle pattern. 3. Tools and Supplies: Now that you know what the courses about, let's take a look at some of the tools that will help you draw these beautiful patterns. Included in the course is a pdf that you can download. It's got space for two step outs going down in a vertical line that you can build your pattern step by step and I'll show you how to do this in the next video. And there's a couple of places there for you to practice some of your patterns when you put them together. You can use any kind of paper to organize your patterns. I tend to use grid paper. I've got a little black book there that on the left and keep this in my purse for when I come across great patterns, I want to make new patterns, and then I keep the larger one on my desktop. You need some paper to get started. Any type of paper can get. Can you can use journals. The smoother the paper, the better. You can also use art tiles to work on your art and your beautiful patterns. You can buy these at any art store, and they usually come in squares of 3 to 5 inches. You can also use watercolor paper, especially when we're working with shading. It really helps. Ah, this shading pop for our patterns. Today they smoother the paper, the better. So looking for hot press at this point probably works better. You'll need a pencil again. Any kind of pencil will do. HB two is a nice medium type of pencil, but you won't be needing an eraser because there are no mistakes. There are just creative opportunities. You'll need a thin, black felt tip marker again. Any felt tip marker works. I like using the micro own brand, but others work well to. Some have stronger Nibs, and some have more delicate nips. I used on Micron 01 because it's nice and thin. It doesn't bleed on the paper, and it gives me a nice clean line. You can get my Cron's and other black felt tip markers in a variety of wits. I generally use a 01 for drawing, and then I use a 03 or 05 to color in some of the spaces. When I'm working through the patterns for shading, you'll also need Ah tortilla on or what's called a stump. This is a usually rolled paper or compressed paper with points on the end that we can do some blending with the pencil. We'll show. I'll show you some ways to look at the simple patterns and make them go from a flat two D to a nice three dimensional pattern. And then, once you put them together, that goes from two D to three D, where some of the patterns look like they're actually on talk or behind others. So all you need is, Ah, nice relaxing place to get started, and we will start with a step owed, and so you'll need a paper to write the different patterns. 4. Yincut Pattern: So let's begin. We're going to start with our art card and put in yeon cut into our card first. So we're going to start with four dots and think about four Things were grateful. Four put a border around it again. They don't have to be straight lines. They can be wavy, um, whatever you like. And now our card is not blank anymore. And then I'm going to put a continuous lines string, and this will be the spaces in which our shapes will go. And I'm just going to make, um, probably about four spaces in their former shapes to go be. It can be any type of continuous line. So we're gonna start with Yeon Cut, and I'm going to start with our 40.1 micron. And Ian cut starts with a step one of some lines that will go in one direction and then turning the card. Some lines that go in the other direction. They could be any space you want step. The next step for Yeon cut is by drawing some simple little lines and adding a sparkle. Every once in a while I'm going to do every second block going this way 5. Yincut2: And then I'm going to turn the tile and draw my lines in the opposite direction. And most of the boxes will have a little space there with that little sparkle. And there we have yin cut at the end of filling in all four spaces, we'll work on the shading. 6. Waves or Meer Pattern: next pattern is waves. I can't see. This has a nice hill and valley effect to it. So we're just going to take another one of your shapes. Probably one of the longer ones will turn out well and I'm just going to draw a couple of lines and double that up, and they should be a boat equal distance. As you come down, you may have three ribbons that come down depending on how wide your spaces. But in my space, I'm just going to put two down at this point. And so for waves when it started the top and I'm gonna draw a little half circle from line to line and again another half circle from line to line. And as I come down, I'm going to leave a little bit more space between each of the sections and for the next row that's going to fit in this one. I mean again started the top, but this time my curve goes upwards and I'm going to start it where my other one left off, going to go from the line to the line from the line to the line. It's almost as if you trace a piece of the line each time. And then for the last one, I'm going to repeat the first way with the line pouncing down a bit each time that line starts where the other one stopped, then to finish it off. Just color in these lines. Black. I'm going to use ah, graphic pen. You can use Ah, Micron Fi, which is a little bit thicker. Tip or graphic pen like this actually has even thicker tip, so the coloring goes on a little bit more solid than those thin tips. 7. Rainbow Bridge Pattern: her third pattern is going to be Rainbow Bridge. And this was developed by a lady named Linda Farmer. And for this one, we're going to take the smallest of your two sections that are left, and we're going to start with the circles here. They can really be any size, but they should be a little bit bigger than a pea or like a thoroughly large P that will look good in a space like this. I'm just putting it on a little bit of a curve. The last one doesn't quite fit, so I'll put one that looks like it might fit Step two where they join you. Just going to make a little black dot and this goes down both sides. And then the third step is just put little round circles that are not colored in now all the way along both sides and these air quite small, probably fitting a boat for or sometimes five in between each of the black dots and now we're ready to put in the little floral pieces for this. So I'm just going to start in the middle, and for this I'm just going to put kind of one flower petal that goes up, then I'm gonna bring each side down, probably about two on each. So one that goes up and to that comes down. And I'm going to continue this wherever there's a black dot and once you finish this going to put in just some little black dots, kind of like little polka dots. And when I do the second row, they're going to go in between the spaces of the first row, and I think I'll just do a couple more rows of that. And then I'll put one or two rows over the site and they can be filled in little black dots . Or they can be a little circles that are not quite filled in. And there we have Rainbow Bridge. 8. Cubine Pattern : the last pattern will you do to fill in this art card will be que bine and I'm going to start the same way that I did with the in cut. I'm going to draw in some vertical lines and then I'm going to turn my card and put some lines going the opposite direction. And so I'm going to have a grid when I'm finished. Then to make our little boxes, we're going to put a line that goes diagonal in each box. And the last step of Q bine is to draw in the little shaded boxes. So what we're trying to do is make this look like a box by drawing in the line. We've got a vertical are are line that goes across the box. Now we need to color it in. So this was our original box here. Could an original box. We've got the diagonal here. I'm going to draw a line down and across, and I'm just gonna kind of sketch it in for now to know that that's something I'm going to color in in a bit again. I'm going to start at the top, go downward meats and then go across they don't have to be exact same sizes because if your lines are a bit curvy, your boxes are going to be various sizes. And just continue until you finished trying all those kind of backward Els in. Now we're that I know where all the back of the boxes go. I'm going to use a thicker marker again, my graphic one to do the coloring to make those boxes really appear now. 9. Cubine 2: but 10. Shading Patterns: Let's take a look at shading some of these patterns to make their appearance really pop out now. So first will work on shading the actual patterns, and then we'll look at the design as a whole. So you is going to need a simple pencil and you're going to need some sort of shading tool , torch on or Q tip for. This will start with Arian cut, and all I'm going to do is put a line of pencil down on one side of each of the longest lines, and then I'm going to take my torch eon blend that together and then pull it out about half way through my column. Very simple shading. 2nd 1 will do is waves. And for this one, I'm just going to put a little bit of pencil on each side of the black lines that go here, and we're going to make some things that probably look a little bit like hills and valleys when we're doing the blending. We want it to have some of the white still showing, so blend what's there and then pull out about 1/3 of the way through that column. It's easy just turning your card blend what's there and pull out. You can already see some hills and valleys starting to emerge here, so there's a little bit for waves. I'm just going to add in a little bit of some dark right by the line. Have a couple two tones going next one will do is our Rainbow Bridge and for Rainbow Bridge . We're going to have it so that it's casting a shadow. So I'm just gonna put some pencil around. The outside doesn't have to be tidy. It can be a dark or as light as you want, but it was pressing different amounts on the pencil, and I'm gonna blend what's there. And I'm gonna pull it out a bit, trying to keep the shape a little bit. So I'm going around and in between the little flowers and then pulling out a bit. And the last thing we're going to do on Rainbow Bridge is just put a little sea or kind of ah, backwards, see half moon and this will give it a little bit of a rounded shape going. And there we have Rainbow Bridge. Very simple shading for Q buying what we're going to do to get it to look like this. We're going to shade only one side of the box, so I am going to just put a little bit of a dark pencil at the top of the left hand side. That's the side that we can see by looking in when we're looking this way at my card. And once I've got a little bit of pencil laid down there, I'm going to pull it down into that one side. Just making sure that I have every side done. Once. I've got every side with pencil blend and pulled down blend, pull down a boat 3/4 way down. I'm not going to do the whole side. It's darkest right up by the corners. And so now, way really look like it's starting to take some shape. 11. Summary: come to the end of this course. We've used some very interesting tools or Micron. One tends to be a stable tool that will use all the time you could be using a micron three or Micron five to do some of the coloring together. Tool I showed in this course to is a graphic, one that is a thicker new been allows for coloring a little bit more enjoyable. A zit takes less time. We've used a pencil and a shading stick or torchy on again. Q. Tips or piece of Kleenex also works well, and you can see by just using some very simple pools and a little bit of creativity. You can come up with some wonderful creative patterns, So this is a a similar pattern to yeon cut underneath assistant. Slight variation, and then on top of it is another pattern. But you can see how very slight shading allows for ah, beautiful ways and beautiful valleys and little hills. So with a little bit of creativity, it could go a long way with some very simple tools. Again, I encourage you to post some of your beautiful art tiles so they can all appreciate your beautiful artwork