Several months ago, I was contacted by Kass Hall, one of my classmates from Zentangle Teacher Certification. She wanted me to contribute some artwork to a book she was writing called Zentangle Untangled. I agreed enthusiastically.
Here is one of my contributions. I wanted to show different colour schemes that could be use to colour some Zendalas. I drew three small Zendalas and made copies on card stock. I used coloured pencils with three colour schemes: monochromatic, analogous, and complimentary.
When I received my copy of the book earlier this month, I fell in love with it. It’s not so much a how-to book about Zentangle, but more about the philosophy behind Zentangle, and how you can use it in your life. Kass has a wonderful way with words, and a great way to talk about what Zentangle is, and what it isn’t.
Kass’s artwork is beautiful, and you’ll find the book inspirational.
Another one of my contributions to the book is one of my wood & Zentangle brooches; you can see some of them here. I have been asked how I prepare the wood for drawing, so I’m including a little tutorial here. I will show how to prep a wood piece for drawing with a pen directly on the raw wood, and also how to prep with paint.
You will need some thin wood shapes, a small flat paint brush, and a wood sealer; I use DecoArt Primer-Sealer. My favourite places to get wood shapes are: Stockade and Bear With Us.
I love metallic paints. My favourite are DecoArt Metallics. In this tutorial, I use Copper. You can use any metallis acrylic paint.
You’ll need a fine-grit sandpaper, and a pin back to finish your pin. I also like to add flatback Swarovski crystals.
On the painted piece, I use a butterfly stencil, Flutterbies TS10 by Tracy Moreau.
Sealing, Painting, Sanding
First, a word on sanding. Whenever you apply a water-based product to raw wood, it will raise the grain of the wood, and the wood will have to be sanded with fine grit sandpaper to give it a smooth surface.
I only use the sealer on the pin that will not be painted. I brush a coat of the sealer, and following the directions, let it cure for 24 hours. Then I give it a light sanding.
For the painted pin, I apply one coat of paint and let it dry.
I sand the surface, and apply a second coat of paint.
I learned from experience that, before drawing with an ink pen, it’s necessary to let the paint cure for 24-48 hours. Otherwise, even though the paint is dry, it’s still a bit soft and can clog your pen.
So… you now draw using your favourite tangles, and create a unique piece of wearable art!
I use white glue to attach the pin back, and then I add a little bling with some flatback crystals, also attached with white glue.
I don’t usually varnish my pieces, but if you want to, I recommend using a spray varnish for the first coat, to make sure the ink won’t smear. You can then use your favourite varnish.
The giveaway is over. See this post for the announcement of the winner.