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Festive Banner - Tangle a Unique Christmas Card

teacher avatar Zen Linea, Certified Zentangle® Teacher & Jeweler

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Sketching the Banner

    • 3. Drawing the Banner

    • 4. Adding Bottom Tangles

    • 5. Drawing Top Tangles

    • 6. Drawing Banner Details

    • 7. Coloring - Part 1

    • 8. Coloring - Part 2

    • 9. Coloring - Part 3

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About This Class


How about making some unique Christmas cards this year?

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Draw a banner as a focal point of this design,
  • Add some festive-looking tangles around it,
  • Use colors in a new way to achieve clear and vivid line work on black background.

Whether you are a beginner or a skilled artist, you are the right fit for this class - it is designed for anyone who is able to write four basic letters used to draw any pattern: I, C, S and O. However, it is best suited for intermediate level artists, although beginners can finish the project with the guidance from video instructions and the accompanying handouts with illustrated step by step guidelines (you'll have to log in to Skillshare through your PC to be able to download attachments from the Projects & Resources section).

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Make sure to download the attachments, join the project and come back with project photos, questions or comments. I'd love to hear from you! To download the attachment and upload your drawing you have to log in from your PC and visit the Projects & Resources section.

These drawings were inspired by the Zentangle® Method - an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Follow me on Instagram to see hundreds of drawings and process videos, visit my learning platform to see live classes, video classes and eBooks. 

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Zen Linea

Certified Zentangle® Teacher & Jeweler


Hi, everybody!

I'm Anica Gabrovec, a Certified Zentangle® Teacher and jewelry maker from Croatia. On social media I mostly use my alias Zen Linea, which became the formal name of my small creative business.

After working in finance for 20 years, in 2019 I decided to make a big shift and dedicate my time to creative pursuits, which is what really sparks my joy. I've been making jewelry on and off for 15 years and last four years I've been totally into drawing, powered and inspired by the amazing Zentangle® method. 

I can honestly say that creative work has changed my life and my mission is to spread that creative virus to as many people as I can. My biggest reward is when I manage to change other people's preconceived&nbs... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi and welcome to the festive Benner class. And that it's a gaba which 35 exempting of teacher from Croatia. Christmas time is coming and many of us who are tired of the shopping, Magnus, so why wouldn't we make at least our own Christmas cards? I'm showing you an idea of how to make one version of it. And then you can also let your imagination flow and create different versions of the project. I chose to work on a black round paper titled today. And Ed colors in an unusual way. I use gel pens, markers, and colored pencils. The total list of surprise is in the flat description and in the attached PDF document. And it's time to get to work. 2. Sketching the Banner: I really like this black one and the contrast of it. So we will start with the flags and data. And here is also a marcus operands, which we will use just to make a string. So we can start throwing. And first I will just divide this enzyme into four equal parts, more or less SQL, we don't need any kind of absolute precision here. After dividing it into four parts. I will also draw these lines to divide space into thirds on these bottom halves of my tile and then also marking the space. And now actually if you haven't drawn this kind of a banner before, if it's your first time, just relax and take it slowly. So as everytime when we draws entangle, stay relaxed. And I'm sure you will be able to do it one line at a time. But just to make it more approachable, at least for the first time. And then when you have more practice, it will be easier. So first I will just start with a line that extends from the middle to both sides around, let's say 1.52 centimeters. It's roughly a third, the central third of the tile. And then I will just draw from 11 side and then basically drawing a letter S. And then I will just draw one more to make kind of a double S and extended the line right to this mark at the middle. So just to maybe point out to some details. You can see the time drawing the line in a way that these round parts of ds are a bit thicker than this part. And also I'm using these marks to just roughly please the endings of those round lines next to those lines. Now that you know what I'm doing, I'm also going to do the same on the other side. So making first this round part and then the other one making this turn roughly around this mark. And then the next one roughly around this mark. Then again, the same thing, and then gets around this part in the middle. So try to do it. Maybe you can also practice on another piece of paper. It's not a difficult. But once you get a hold of the principle, uh, you will be able to do it almost in one line. And then the next thing I'll do is just connect these with the lines. And then I'm going to draw the actual central part of the banner. You can draw these lines straight or maybe a bit curved. You can see boat here. I like a bit of a curve. And then I will also draw this to connect it so that it seems that we have a ribbon that is partly hidden. And then the last line, I will actually draw like this. And you can choose whether to do it the same way that I did, or maybe add some different details. But as I said, for this first try, I would recommend doing this sketch with your white pencil before taking your white Jelly Roll, which will produce a permanent line. 3. Drawing the Banner: I'm taking my Jelly Roll. Why did Jelly Roll? Sen? And I always advise having a piece of paper or tissue nearby so you can wipe off the tip of it. And we'll just start retracing this lines. And this is also a chance for you to fix something. If there is something to be fixed. Many terms, you will see me retracing my lines. It seems that they leave a nice sir and CRISPR trace when I'd x2. Although the final appearance of the line is visible only after it's dry and it becomes more visible clearer. So it takes some patients as well. And I'm not really known for patients. As they said, just relax and throw your line and do not worry about making mistakes. I find that the black Science are really challenging. And I don't feel that I'm really friendly with them. But at the same time they're also very forgiving. Because if your append slips, if your line goes the wrong way, you can just take your black pen and basically use it as an eraser. Or of course you can do what we usually do. In Zen. Tangled tests. Play along with whatever seems to be a mistake. And consider it an opportunity to draw something that wasn't quite planned. But there is this opportunity to make it different than you imagined. Maybe even more beautiful. This is her focal point of the design. So I like kids to be really nice and clear, meaning. Having these clear and bold lines. And then we will add tangles surrounded. And those tangles will not be in the forefront. So it's only the background of the design. So like how this Benares seems quite complex, but it's actually quite easy to draw once you know what a has to be done. And as I told you, even if your first try is not perfect, just relax and try to do it once more. If you are not really sure in your drawing skills, you can always try on a different piece of paper before drawing it on. This beautiful original Zen tangled styles. 4. Adding Bottom Tangles: Before starting x2 eaten, anything with color, I will draw the line work and I'm using a slightly different approach than what I usually did when I was standing on a blanket style. Which was I would say these aligners in different colors and use them to draw the line work. But this time I'm going to do something different. So just so you know, I'm drawing Zen tangles, tangle jetties. So my intention is to use the triangles that have these evoke these festive atmosphere and jetties is certainly one of those that resembles the bubbles on a Christmas tree. And just to continue, what I was trying to say is I will know to use different colors of liners. I will use the white gel pen. And then I found that if I use the white gel pen and then use the markers to color them. I actually love. The effect that I get. The colors are nice, the lines are crisp, but still beats, more visible than what I would get if I used moonlight, Jelly Roll, moonlight 06 or something like this. So he started, it's just through the couple of jet this. And now I will actually add a leaf. And it's liker leaf of a mistletoe. I'm not sure if this angle actually exists. I just Jew an outline of it. But before going further, I will just add this line, which is maybe about the width of my jelly roll from the edge of miles and hour. And B, it's not going to be a border in the usual sense. I'm not going to retrace it with my pen here so that I tried to fit my tangles inside this space. Although I'm not going to consider it a border that I don't want to step. So to draw this leaf, and I just made an outline so that it's easier to draw the shape. And you might just do the shape, but I'm showing you the way that it's more approachable even if it's maybe not the typical Zen tangle way because in xanthan gum we just draw our lines with focus and intention. It is shaped might not be familiar to you. And it's also not to me. And I don't really want to be a slave to any kind of rules. So I really want to make a beautiful card so that I can give it as a gift to someone. And if this outline helps me do it, I'm just going to use it. So this is not even the typical Zen tangle drawing. It's more like Zen dangling inspired art. So I just give myself the permission to break any kinds, kind of rolls. Right here. I'm going to add a principle. And it's just going to look like a really fun Lollipop or something like hits. It has this beautiful Festival appearance, which is what I'm looking for. And you can see that I'm just going go over these borderline. It's only here as a guideline of sorts. So I'm continuing just adding triangles here and they're the ones that remind me of Christmas time. The next one I will add right here. It's actually bought semicolon, flower of sorts. It's C, So I'm not sure if I pronounced it right. You can just read the name. And they will also add it to the PDF document that you can download. And here I will draw another one that I really like. And it's a tangle by Zen tangle, a vertical line. I just drew first the central stem. And then I will draw these spiky leaps. And it really looks like one branch of the Christmas tree. And later when we edit the colors, it will be even more beautiful. And as I said, we will add these colors in an unusual way. And you will see that later. Just be playful about adding these branches or these spiky leaves in a very playful manner, kind of flu-like Holbo style, meaning going over and under each other in no particular order. And remember, there is almost no room to do something wrong. So just relax and enjoy the process. And right here there's still some space to add another tingle or something. So I will just add another system. And maybe you have more space or less. So depending on how big your spaces, just add whichever angle or shape you would like to. You can just add these two poles in the places that you would like to feel. If there any empty places. As I said, just relax and be playful. I might add a film or just to maybe fill some spaces. And this already looks beautiful. So the line where can this bottom part is finished. 5. Drawing Top Tangles: On this top part, i will actually start here around the middle. I don't want to be geometrically precise about it, but it will kind of be some kind of a focal space of this soap part of my drawing. I'm drawing the tangled Bell, which is a star-shaped tangle. Very similar to the way that we start drawing these lines. To tangle, well, Bayes entangle. But then I'm not feeling any kind of a fragment like with well, where we use it to feel triangles or Squarespace is here. I'm just drawing it in the middle of this free space. So I'm using it as a star, like a focal start star in this part of the drawing, then I will add another one of my jetties. And you can see that I'm using all kinds of ornaments to feel it. So you can also choose to add whatever you like. I will now draw another one of my Verde dogs here. So it's kind of a Christmas tree branch right on top. And you don't have to try to place these tangles the way I'm placing them. Especially as you go along. You might have bigger or smaller shapes. And then you just have to think about how to fill the spaces on your tiles without trying to make your drawing locally like mine. You have seen at the beginning of the video that I have also done this on attend style. And it actually looks quite nice. So this is another thing you might do, but it does have a sort of special elegance when you draw it like this. On the bill, like big round. And even. Before adding any of the colors, it just looks beautiful with these white lines on black background. Here I'm adding another one of my prints homes. As they say, you know, these, these lollipops. It reminds me of them. And here's another ornament which I'm not sure if it exists, has a tangle. Let me know if he'd thus, I can vaguely remember that I already used something like this somewhere, but I'm not certain. And then I'm just going to place another jet is tangle here. Here, there is some more space for single or two, so I'm just going to place on more of these jetties. And then I will actually drew a branch with two of these system tangles. We turn alike. Those. I don't know if those are flowers or leaves of the missile, so really not sure that it doesn't even matter. So wherever you believe that you need some clear line, just retrace your white lines. To get bold, increase blind. I'm going to add maybe a few tuples inside here, where there's some space for them. Before filling the other part with some more tangles. Here I will just add another one of these stars, maybe one that's a bits more than the central one. So as I said, it's tangled called Bell. Just drawing first lines that branch out from the central circle. And then connecting them to form this star shape. And here I think I'm going to place another one of those leaves like I did in the bottom section. And I'm just going to do it again and show it is outline so that I don't have to worry about where my spiky leaves. And and just by adding this central wavy thing in the middle, Honda leaf, it looks much more interesting. And again, there is maybe a chance to and a few 4Ps or two pulse, whatever you like to call them. I'm going to add maybe a couple of jetties gain. So I'm basically just repeating these tangles. And trying to get this Christmas failed to that drawing. One more worthy GCG right here. Starting always with the central branch. And then adding the spicy leaves that just go over and under each other. Oops, this one just wanted to be a bit longer. I'm going too unlikely to have it. I'm not trying to repeat the shapes, but it just happens sometimes. And there is a small space remaining here, which I might feel with, for example, one more printcomp, Lollipop or ornament, whatever it is. And then perhaps something. Also in the top part, maybe one of these. What's the name of this sugar cane or I'm not sure. And perhaps to more jetties, balls or bubbles. And when you draw jetties, just tried to draw different ornaments and also please this lines in different way so that there is more variety. And maybe one more with this circles. I really love what these white lines look like. So I'm just going to see if there may be some spaces that needs to be filled. And if not, I think this is more or less what I wanted to share with my line work. The thing that I might do is just grab my y to 08 Jelly Roll. To add just a few details. Maybe to some triangles like this bell. I'm not trying to do anything that would seek away from this basic shape. A few more points of interest. So this is y to the dinner pen, so that the basic line or the basic shape is still clearly visible. And here I have one that even smaller, so I'll just add a few lines. It's basically a central line. You can see, and then two around it. And just going to see if there are other tangles. Mit use. Some details like this one for example. And there is another one here. Just these curvy lines to make it resemble it even more. This candy cane. I think this is it. And I love what it looks like now. 6. Drawing Banner Details: Before starting adding any color, I grabbed my metallic gold Jelly Roll. And I will just add a few details to this banner. And first, and maybe just these stripes inside on this. And being on the banner. You can also add other kinds of foreign elements inside, like orbs or something like that, which is what I did before. But right now just to try something else and doing it like this. And I'm also going to add a line along the top part of the banner. And the bottom part. I'm going for a nice and bold line. And I'm sure that you already know you draw with your gold metallic Jelly Roll, then you don't have to press your pen against a paper. Just lightly touch it and will flow down. I'm going to add another line on this bottom part. I'm not doing anything inside these parts because this is actually the back of the ribbon showing. And for the back of the ribbon to something different. As soon as I'm finished with this. And what I will do is I will take my jelly roll over five and just add these really dense aligns. And later I will probably use some kind of maybe dark red color over it so that it looks a bit shaded. And you will see that we are not going to use traditional shading techniques. Here. We will play with color, may be a few highlights. Island really need, I don't really think that this needs traditional shading. This banner really becomes alive. When you added the z tables. Really very simple things that make a difference in your design. And love how fine. The lines on the black background book. Really, really delicate. In almost looks like she'd already. And before I finish, I will just go back to my eight and add a few more lines around this golden part. And you can totally skip this and just leave it as it is. But I believe that it will maybe contribute to the contrast a bit more. And you can just wait and see what it looks like and then decide if you'd like to do it or maybe go ahead without doing it. And now this is really eat as far as the line work is concerned. And now we are going to move to the second part which is coloring. And I really look forward to it. 7. Coloring - Part 1: And now before seeking my colors, I will just go ahead and see if there any guidelines from showing the string that are left. And that kind of bothered me for some reason. I really did it lightly. So I guess that there won't be many. And now I will take my markers. I will use the caret soccer, zinc colors. We turn brush markers or brush pens. They're water-based, but you can use any kind of marker, even those that just kids use for school. So it doesn't really matter. I'd souk a few colors to shades of green or red one, yellow one, or maybe something that reminds me of gold and a dark grey. So the direct ray, I will only use two kinds of shade. This part with the grid. It's the big side of the ribbons. Pork over the Ribbon. And when I use this, this color or these colors, you can really notice and I'm trying to be precise so that I do not go over those lines that I still want to be visible. And right here I colored this basic line of my banner. And I'm not sure that it was a good idea, although it's kind of a shaded part. So I'm just going to roll with it and be consistent with it. And afterwards, if you've go over any of the lines that you would like to have all nice, wide and crisp and clear. You can also revisit them with your Why the Jelly Roll. But once that you have any kind of water-based paint on it, it might not be so easy to go over it, because even when this color is dry. It kind of has the tendency to color the white box. I actually now did I look at it? I actually like what it looks like. And you can just compare it with this one where those lines are asleep visible. I don't see that. This looks like a mistake, so I'm just going to roll with it and leave it as it is. I will take my dark bullpen and now and I'm going to color the verde cocked and go. And the great thing about this is that you can just color all over the tangle. Without, if you were coloring on a white surface, of course you would have to take care that you don't color around the lines are outside the lines. But here you just have to be careful not to cover over the white lines that you would still alive to be visible or covered with different colors. Like here, for example, this jetties angle is placed over the verde dogs. So I am not going to color it black because I will use different Tangled for where the dog and you can see that here. I accidentally went over the line of my bell. But I'm just going to continue and later, if I feel that it needs to be fixed, I will try to do it. So just take your time to do these details. Near the neighboring tangles or where one single goes over the other one. But other than that, you can really just color without caring too much about where you are coloring. And you can see how beautiful it looks. Because adding the color on top of this line work really makes, makes a difference. And it seems to me that it's much easier and nicer. And seeking a batch of bunch of different aligners. Because the lines are kind of more visible once that you use the white liner and go over it with a marker. And you can see what I did here. I kind of get carried away and just colored these orbs that I didn't want to color, but never mind. And I will also color this leaf. And I have another one on the other side, and I am aware of that. But now, it seemed to me that the placement of the one on the other side wasn't really perfect because it's right next to where the dog. So I'm thinking about maybe using a different shade of green on that one just to make it to edit a little bit, trust between those two. So I took my lighter green pen marker now. And I'm coloring over these lines with a lighter one. And now you can see that there is at least some contrasts between those two tangles. I was actually quite surprised when I decided to try coloring the white lines. And when I saw what it looks like, I was really thrilled by the result. So I decided to make it into class. And of course, I'm not trying to claim that nobody else did before. It's just that I'm not aware of it. I'm trying not to go over the central circle. Although you can see that I did it here and just see if we can fix it so we need to do it. Tried to learn from mistakes. For example, what I will do here. So first, I would just add a line around this central circle and then color the outer part. So it's makes sense to really focus. Once you start with this coloring part. And of course, first tried to plan which colors you will use on different tangles. And also before you start to see it makes sense to do it even before you start with the line work. So that you don't place the tangles width the same colours next to each other. Just to make sure that you have more contrast. And now I'm coloring this candy cane, i might be calling it and wrong name all along. We actually don't really have these kinds of candies in curation. And there's another one here and it's going over. This jet is single. So I'm trying to be careful about how I place my colors. 8. Coloring - Part 2: I have to think about what to do with the other colors. I'm just going to start to color jetties and I might use even different colors to do it. I will see and just make decisions as I, as I do it. Right here next to my Redstart, I can go with this light green. And maybe also the light green to this one. And maybe use an orange or something like that to the next one. Here, I can also use the light green. Just look at how your tangles are placed and then decide on the colors that you will use. Okay? So now before continuing with the coloring and we'll just see what happens. If I try to cover this. Quote unquote, quote, quote unquote. Same mistake. With some white ink. And you can see the background color just goes through it. So it's not really a good solution. And you better at CEQ, care about what you do. I took really bright red color. So it's much lighter than the one that I used before. And I will use it to color some of my shapes. I actually even like this one better. And I'm also use it to cover this soon. You can also decide to drill a version of this with only a few colors, maybe even just one. It would also look really interesting. These brush pens are, as I said, a BI Query Turkish zig, real brush bands, meaning that they don't have this felt tip. They really have these very thin brush tip. So they are perfect for this kind of detailed work. But also any other kind of marker with a felt tip is perfectly fine to do this. I will just take maybe an orange on to color these few remaining shapes. And for afford these orbs, I'm saving my, well, let's see, yellowish, yellowish color so that it looks kind of golden, or at least I hope so. I'm just going to use the orange one. It's newcomer, these central parts of my stars. And then I think the only thing left to do are these typical warps be termed coloring with yellow. But you might do something different. And, and now you can see that I just use these yellow over the greens so that these green looks like a beetle. Butter. Looks like a little bit of a lighter, greenish. So just if you think that you have mistake, a mistake destroyed to turn them, those mistakes into opportunities, new opportunities. I believe this systole tangle without any colors, so I will leave them white. Actually, I'm only thinking about maybe using a light green on the stems. So now I took a bunch of PRISMA color pencils. You can use any kind of color pencils. Even the watercolor pencils will be just fine. You will not have to blend them. And just, I'm just using it to bring some more color inside of my shapes. And it's not actually a huge difference that I'm made, making if you are looking at the particular section of the drawing where I'm using it now, it's not a huge difference. After I use it, then you can even see how it not only feels the inside part between the lines, who can also a, change a bit the color of the line. But altogether, if you look at the drawing as a whole after we are finished with adding the colour, it actually does really contributes to the log of it. And then the black background will stand out even more. And it will be really beautiful. I'm taking a beating lighter, green to feel these UNASUR, are those mistletoe leaves? Or I'm not really knowledgeable about the plans. You can see how there is a subtle change. It's certainly nothing overpowering. Use this writer. It's a huge paper. I'm not sure how to pronounce it, but I'll use it for some of these prints homes. And you don't even have to be too precise about it. You can see how this brighter or lighter version of red. It seems to also lightened line work, which is totally fine because then we will just have several shades of red tile. And I will also use this one which is not really into her coin to color the star. And even when you do that, you can still see these details that we added inside the points of the star. And now I took the darker one to that one to the other. I will take a lighter green to cover some of my jetties. Google's. Look how colorful and they did. This drawing is now I think it's really a feast for the eyes. There is this elegance in black bag round. But then the playfulness of these colored details. And it just makes it look special. 9. Coloring - Part 3: And now for my typical, you can see that I have turned my tile upside down. And I'm actually using the low color in this kind of bottom area. And I'm leaving the app in the upper area. But without it, so that I can use more white does to try to make it a little bit more 3D. I'm not sure if it will be possible to achieve some real 3D effect on this blank tile, but at least a hint of it. The other thing I need to do is also give some color to this central part of my star. And now I will say take my general pencil charcoal, and I will just use it over my banner to try to get some 3D effects. So I'm using it in the central part. And then in this outer parts of the bottom section of the burner. And of course, I will use the blending stump to blend it. And when you are using durable and things stamp over the originals than plagues and Allah, you just have to be careful about it so that you don't damage. It is quite delicate. Not as much as the Renaissance style, but still it's already does look a little bit more 3D then it did a minute ago. And I'll do the same with these bottom parts. Just hold your blending stump. The low angle. It will be easier for you to blend it. And I will use the same tool to add some light to my C-style flower. Not too much. Just a little bit to make it shine. And then I will grab the gold Jelly Roll and just use it inside the small circles of my system. And for the last part, I would say take the wide pen, pencil and maybe try to end some shine or highlight to some of these tangles. This is basically just two and a bit more contrast to some sections. But who did see that the even without adding it, the throwing looked already quite beautiful. So I don't think that it needs to much highlighting, too much enhancements. You might even decide that it looks better, it down to n. And now, the last part of my spangled Banner journey is to take the wide Jelly Roll again and add these shiniest highlights, these small dots to the round shapes and see what happens. Hopefully. It will give it the appearance of some kind of Christmas lights turned on. I think I need another one of these Christmas lights right here. And of course, I will need to wait for the wide end to dry before I add color and finish hits. And the white gel pen is drive. I can use the yellow color. And then the last thing I want to it is just add this highlight. And with that, my drawing is finished. Of course, you can make a card like this one for any occasion to celebrate someone's birthday or may be wished someone well, or just sell them that you think about them or that you loved them, anything at all, and just have fun and enjoy the process as I did with this beautiful card. Thank you so much for joining with me.