In Zentangle Untangled, Kass Hall introduces you to the fun and relaxing "doodling" process of Zentangle® – an engaging art form that uses repetitive patterns to create striking works of art that anyone can achieve regardless of age or artistic ability.
Following an explanation of the Zentangle® process, inside you will find 12 step-by step demonstrations showing you how to create enticing tangle patterns, followed by several examples of how to add eye-popping colour to your pieces, as well as fun ways to use tangles in your an journals. Captivating pieces from Kass and a slew of other artists will further satisfy your craving for inspiration!
Inside you'll find:
- 12 step-by-step demonstrations of tangle patterns to make getting started easy!
- Different ways to introduce colour, a variety of art materials, photography, and much more to your pieces.
- How to take your pen-and-ink tangles to the next step by enhancing them digitally!
Introduction to the book by the author:
Zentangle® . It’s a made-up word that many people have never heard and those who have will tell you their thoughts on what it is.
“It's doodling.” I’ve heard that a lot.
"I used to draw like that in high school" I hear that a lot, too.
"That is not real art." Not my favourite response.
I'm not going to sit here and tell anyone that they are wrong in their assumptions about what Zentangle is and why it's not what most people think. I believe that the best way to make my point is by showing you why its different from anything you’ve seen or done before.
That said, for the uninitiated, Zentangle® is not what you think. It’s so much more.
And after I have convinced you of that, I'm going to show you new ways of creating Zentangle-inspired art. Be ready to be inspired.
Zentangle is the use of repetitive, basic pattern drawing. It is simple. It is achievable. And
you don't even have to be able to draw. Why not, you ask? Because, actually, you can draw. Anyone can. You just need the tools and the know-how, and that's where this book comes in.
Zentangle is about being thoughtful. Deliberate. Focused. You cannot rush Zentangle. It won't let you, because it forces you to stop, think about and feel what you're doing.
Zentangle can also be fast – it's realistic to find ten minutes in your day in which to complete a Zentangle artwork. I often meet people who see my Zentangle-inspired artwork and tell me they can't draw, they aren't patient enough or they don't have the time to devote to creative activity. One of the great joys in being a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) is that I can prove them wrong and introduce them to a whole new world. A world of creativity.
Zentangle is about embracing beauty – our own and that all around us. It is also about embracing the imperfections of life – in ourselves, in our world and, most important here, in our art. Like life, Zentangle is less than perfect. When my students worry that their lines are not straight, I ask them why they have to be straight. I ask them to find the beauty in the wonky lines they've drawn. It's initially difficult for many, but they all eventually find their way to acceptance of their art. Joyfully, this often leads to acceptance of themselves.
About the author:
Kass Hall is an Australian mixed-media artist and writer. She has worked in the
arts fields in Australia and Canada, and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in various countries.
Her second book on this subject, The Zentangle untangled workbook, was published in 2013 and is available from www.calligraphity.com. For more information
1st edition, 2012, paperback, 128pp, fully illustrated in colour and / or monochrome throughout, 23 x 21.7cm