What comes to mind when you hear the word “string”? A piece of thread? Some cord to tie a package? The loose end hanging from a piece of clothing that, is tempting to pull but will unravel the cloth or a hem?
In a Zentangle your string is your starting point for your spaces to tangle in. It can be a random ‘squiggle’ on the page to a particular pattern or a large tangle pattern with tangles inside the pattern!
One fun way to create your string is write a word or words on piece and then tangle around and in the letters.
Here is a string using two names:
Now . . . can you find the string in this piece that is tangled? It is not the exact same string as above but very similar:
Name String – Tangled
(Hint: The “K: starts in the top left corner, just a little bit in from the left. The “T” starts on the left hand side about half way down.)
Challenge yourself with a new type of string – use a word.
I wanted to try a a newly released tangle called Rixty as well as play with some new pens and work on some matboard frames I got at Cafe Crop from Sharpeye Framing.
I used violet Mangaka pens from Zig and shaded with purple colored pencils from Faber Castell. The mat is 5×7 and the opening is 3×5 – perfect for a photo . . . or for a mini photo booth shot!
CFA Cow in “photo booth” shot
One of my times to tangle is during church – it is my note taking. I used to actually take handwritten notes and illustrate them as I did, now I tangle the notes! It helps me to pay attention to the message rather than looking around to see who is there, what they are wearing, checking to see if any light bulbs have burned out, and other things that distract me from listening. (Yes, the pastor knows that I am drawing and why!)
I like to incorporate themes from the message when possible. My “string” is sometimes a quick sketch of something from the message and then tangles around the string/sketch.
The first one is “Easter Sunday” (2010), shortly after my first class with Rick & Maria. I was still scared of shading at the time so many of my earlier Zentangle tiles are unshaded. I have chosen to leave them that way as they help me see how my artwork has changed over time.
The next one is from a message in August 2011 on “All About Him” Sunday that was about how we are to be a reflection of Christ, though we can never to so perfectly. The tangles are reflective from left to right. (message available at: http://bethelweb.org/news/its-all-about-him-xv-conformed-to-his-likeness/)
Both tangles are done with a Micron 01 pen on Zentangle Tiles.
August 2011 message available at: http://bethelweb.org/news/its-all-about-him-xv-conformed-to-his-likeness/