I know lots and lots of folks who want to do creative work, but they say "I'm not artistic," or "I've always been afraid to draw," or "I can't." Well, if you are one of those folks, then this is the post for you! The video below will get you started, and it provides a short explanation of the origin of zentangles. As the name suggests, the process is meditative. My students love to tangle, and you will, too! You can do it anywhere! All you need is some paper, preferably cardstock or watercolor paper and a sharpie or pen. Show me what you can do!
“We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone. ”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
DECALCOMANIA... You can't help but have fun when you press beautiful paint colors between papers or on a canvas surface and uncover the result to discover that the colors have mixed unexpectedly and left little surface ridges. You can let the results stand on their own or incorporate them as elements of a collage or larger painting. Another fantastic idea is to emphasize the textures and borders between colors by adding lines with a pen and ink or sharpie marker. The following example is an oil painting, but you can use tempera, acrylic, or ink just as easily.
PEG FOWLER has posted some nice examples on her blog. Click the picture for a link.
Get out the paint and have some fun. Let me know what you come up with.