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Learn Tangling - Draw Patterns, Relax and Cultivate Mindfulness

teacher avatar Zen Linea, Certified Zentangle® Teacher & Jeweler

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Preparing the Background

    • 3. Tangle 1 - Crescent Moon

    • 4. Tangle 2 - Poke Root

    • 5. Tangle 3 - Florz

    • 6. Shading

    • 7. Final Steps

    • 8. Project Time!

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About This Class


Take some time for yourself and learn the amazing Zentangle® Method to:

  • Help you relax and live in the moment
  • Practice drawing using patterns
  • Let your creativity evolve.

Zentangle® Method is 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. (zentangle.com).

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. You won't need too much time or many supplies to discover the benefits of this method. It takes only a small paper tile, pen, pencil and a blending stump so you'll be able to have your own zen moment almost anytime and anywhere.

Zentangle is a perfect activity for:

  • People who want to draw but do not know where to start - it will inspire you, build your confidence and empower you to keep creating
  • Skilled artists needing to get in the flow of creating easily and effortlessly - the "no mistakes" approach is refreshing and it offers tons of inspirations for new designs
  • Anyone who could use some relaxation time to escape from daily routine into the wonder of creation while practicing mindfulness 
  • Creative minds who don't have much time to spare but still want to build their creative muscle and enjoy the benefits of unplugging and drawing.

Make sure to download the attachments, join the project and come back with the project photos, questions or comments. Visit the Projects&Resources section for more info.

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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. Intro: Hi, everybody I'm on. It's a certified sent angle teacher and the jewelry maker from creation, also known as Zen Lena. I love all sorts of creative activities, but today's topic is my favorite one, these entangle method. I hope that you will have some time to spend it with me and learn these beautiful and relaxing drawing method and enjoy the creative process. You might wonder what's entangle is. Let me tell you how I fell in love with it. I was always doing during meetings, phone calls and they loved patterns. I had interesting drawing, but like of time and ideas, not knowing what to do with a white canvas. When I discovered that there is a method of drawing with structure, I was all in sent. Angle is 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 founders Off the Entangle Incorporated, you draw on a small paper former, so it's perfect for a busy day to unwind. Come Back to Our Bread and Joe, Beautiful image as well as approachable, cheap and intuitive. So let's begin 2. Preparing the Background: So today I will teach you what's entangle is about, and there's no better way to do that. Then, by showing you how to use it, I'll propose a couple of tangles and will use the most basic supplies. A square tile, which is a square white paper, a graphite pencil, a black thin pen, a blending stump. I would least the exact supplies I used in the project section, but you can use whatever you have at hand. My hope is to transfer some of my life for this mattered to you. They're eight basic steps off, then Kendall Mental. We always start by feeling appreciation and gratitude for this opportunity to draw and for these fine materials that we get to use, the next thing is we're marking with a pen. The corner dots the corner that's are there, too. Give us a guidance. We're tracing them lightly with pencil, and we already don't have a blank style in front of us. So are we are We are committing the fear off blank canvas. Next, we're going to connect those dots by lightly drawing lines with a pencil. These lines don't have to be straight. They can be curly. They can assume whatever shape you might think best for the moment when you're tangling. But right now I'm using these three Cline's and after we have our borders, I will continue withdrawing a string. A string is, ah, kind of guidance where we will draw our patterns. I'm using a Z string here. It's basically writing a letter Z with curvy lines, and it will give a structure of future structure off my drawing. I don't have to adhere to the structure. It's only a starting point. 3. Tangle 1 - Crescent Moon: and for now I'm done with a pencil and I will use my pay. I'll start to tangle by drawing the first angle. They decided to draw it along this line, and I'm not going to adhere to these borders because Borders air here just to break them. And I true this wait in line and they'll use it to draw some more lines along. So I'm trying this wavy line, which intercepts these this central line and which is going to serve as a base before the first angle. Which name is Chris and whom we always draw a crescent moon by starting with ease half moon shapes or ladybug shapes. I don't know which one you prefer, and I will feel those shapes with blacking. And I just love using solid blacking on my drawings. And I like those bolder lines and bolder colors bolder shades because they bring interest to drawings and they just make the work. So don't be afraid to add some weight and drama to your tangles by using black ink. When we're tangling, we're joing lines with a focus that means we are using deliberate strokes and the strokes that we will use now to finish our crescent moon are the or lines that means parallel lines to the ones that you already have on the paper. The chorus or lines are a very powerful tool for tingling on very easy. And not only that, there really meditates it, so you don't have to think too much about them. We're just drawing the lines and enjoying this present moment and the same floor it. There's not much to think and to the side. And there are many tangles that are constructive from, or lines like crescent more here. This is just one variation of the present moon. People can draw their own variations off tangles, and those are called Stangel ations. Think I will go with one more or line at least on the side. Okay, that will be were already finished with her first angle. Crescent Moon 4. Tangle 2 - Poke Root: and now I will do something that I really loved, which by no means is necessary to do. And this is to actually draw my board there. I just love doing gets because it kind of frames the drawing, and to me it just does wonders that completing it. So I will just go over the lines that I already traced with the pencil and the string that we traced with a pencil. He's traced likely, so we don't actually erase those lines. I think I I have to put something in this corner because it's too pointy, so on squeeze one or in this space and you see when you tango, especially when you are already an experienced angle. Okay, no matter how much you like drawing and how good you can. Joe. Also not only sen tangle base eggs, entangled drones, but more elaborate is in single inspired art. It's always so refreshing to come back to the basic, but it's like coming home. Hey, my frame is here, but they'll joe another or align inside, so I have actually a double train, a bit like a piece of far. I just love framing it and having some tangles jump out of those trains. It's like breaking free from the chains. This is not something that you have to do. I just want to show you the way that my mind works when I tangle and how decisions are made organically. Okay, now we're ready to go to the next angle, and what I decided to do is to throw in some bulk roots. So I'll feel these space, his corner spaces with Polk route. And when it's Joe pork route, I start with the stem that has a little curved kept. And then I will draw around kind of a very like shape or a circle around it. And I will just repeated to get a cluster of these shapes, and I can tell you that this shape is your default to feel any space you might have on your tile. It's organic. It's nice. It's effortless to draw, and you see how I'm not drawing it one by one in a space where I can feed the whole tangle . I'm kind of sticking it one after the after each other, and I'm overlapping them and I'll do the same on the opposite side. I actually love repeating the tangles within the tile. It's in sort of mirroring fashion, because I believe that it's bring some balance to the drawing. So this is what I chose to do here, and you can see how these strings that I drew are only serving as a guideline. Here. It's they're only here to make it easier for us to dro. We don't making too many choices as we drove along about the positioning off tangles. So when you have a string, you already have these sections on your style that you are feeling with tangles, and you are deciding what the elements off the drawing will be. There so many tangles you will have no problems to choose, but I would recommend starting with basic tangles, tangle, spies and tingling. And don't be afraid to repeat them again and again. And don't feel the pressure to try out new tangles every time. If you look at my work and I've been sampling for more, that's four years now. I am constantly using some of my favorite tangles, and these are also among those 5. Tangle 3 - Florz: for the last angle. This time I'll use the floors you will see as I drew where it gets its its name from. I will start with lines that will kind of imagine that this line goes under our Chris of rules. Then join now kind of a parallel line, but not exactly, because, believe me, it's not going to be perfect. Now that we have those lines, I will joke some vertical lines. And by doing this we will have this grid. But you're feeling notice how I'm rotating my style all the time. Maybe, just maybe, I would like to continue this line here and here it looks as though it's going right below our borders on disappearing away. I love it. So you see how now this looks like a serum floor tiles and I'll finish it by drawing these around corners or some kind of, Well, let's see Diamond shape I those lies. Lawrence can actually be straight, but I love rounding them. It just looks more organic. I'm rotating the tile again. So my hand, my right hand, which is my drawing hand. He's left basically the same position. I don't have the need to moving around much. It's just much easier to rotate the tile, then to move your arm across. You're working space. It will keep you arrested and you won't have to rest your and march. Okay, that's it for now. And I am. It looks like this might need one. Have you also Joe? Some war warrants inside, Which is kind of her. My addition. It's not actually apart off the original tangle. It's, uh, change, elation, as I said, a variation of the tangle and no to the other side. And it didn't take too long to draw everything we wanted to. Now we already have where line work finished, and the only thing we have to do now is to shade our time. 6. Shading: I will start the shading process in the middle, as I always recommend to do. Because, um, as you start in the middle meal and go towards the borders off your joing, you will be, let's say more, more certain that you will not. It's much everything across your tie. So I'm first using the 35 pencil to mark where the shades might be. And I would like to enhance the drama off the central line and you will see it will because though these crescent Moore's are coming out off this line or from you know the line, when we finish with the shading process, we might revisit it again to enhance those shades. But for now, this will be and this we drew this or align around the crescent moon. I would also like to, um, shave around it so that we have this illusion off other tangles, which in this case, is floors. Um, being below the crescent home, I'm going to rotate the tile and do the same on the other side. So I'm using the perfect pencil along the order line, and then I'm taking the blending stump to smudge. Uh, this pencil trace so that it vanishes. As you go further from wine, I will shade these floors science for floored ties by making this kind of off, huh? Half moon shape, which I'll blend with the blending stump and seen sour polka roots Tangles are going over the floors. Tango I also traced read the graphite around the poke route. I think now that I'm looking at it, I think it might be nice to draw some shades along the border. You will add some that. So I was drawing okay or made this border seem more prominence. And I really return will turn the tile around, too. Do the same on the other side. Just call this and that really was my pen on all the spaces. Same I did on the other side before using the blending stump to blend by. Using the shades in our drawings, um, are drawing suddenly comes to life, and it's easy to lose more time on the shading process. Then on the line work 1,000,000,000 especially when you start playing with the colors. But this is okay because it actually brings life to your drawing. I will also use my France to drew shades on the orbs and what's left are these Boca roots. So as we drew them in a cluster where one pork route hides, uh, behind the other, we will enhance this three dimensionality by shading the ones that are behind. And also, I will add some shades to these things. So when wherever I see section that looks like it's coming, um, out under from under another uh, it's angle. I will use shades to get some more volume or dipped. And by doing this I tried to make these Berries look more plant so it looks as they are home. There's some light source that is shining on these central parts, and they'll do the same on the other side. So before I forget about these small circles, I did that. And I'm also doing the same as on the other side. So shading those sections that are behind and also bringing some shades to certain parts. Oh, the berry. And as we are nearly coming forward, stay on the fallar drawn processes the first time I hope that you're able to see or that I was able to convey how these shades transform of the drawing on had more interest to it. 7. Final Steps: before I finish. I just had some more shade or some more graphite to the crescent moons. And I'll tell you that have been like the outcome, although in San Tango were not here because of the outcome. We're here for the process and, like 20 minutes or half an hour off dangling before going to sleep, he's going to calm you down and center. And after the shading he's done, I'm left with the last two steps over. Those entangle process First is to sign the tile. I'll add a so called chop here, which is might be your initials or just the letter or any kind of symbol that you would like to at two your tiles for them to be recognizable. Then I'll turn around the tile and at my signature and today's date. So here I have my finished style, and the last step on my way in this creative process is to appreciate the drawing ones more , maybe look at it from another angle to view it at arm's length to enjoy and feel the gratitude 8. Project Time!: please log into her PC to find the attachments with visual step by step guides to drawing thes tangles and some tips, tricks and references when it finished drawing. Please upload the photo to the project section to encourage others to try. If you have any questions or comments, join the discussion section. I love getting feedback from you. Thank you so much for drawing with me. I hope that you feel inspired to keep using the amazing Zen tingle throwing method.