At the end of last year, I signed up for a year-long mixed media class called Wanderlust. One of the techniques taught so far is Zentangle. The same weekend I was practicing my first tangles, we went to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto (during the COLDEST weekend of the winter thus far. BRRR!).
Because I had been practicing Zentangles during down time in the hotel room, I was particularly tuned into patterns while we were at the museum. We spent the majority of our time in the Made in China: Cultural Encounters in Export Art exhibit. Other than the dinosaur photo above, every picture I took was mostly about pattern. These are just a few examples:
The plan was to draw them into a pattern of some kind to keep for future reference and inspiration. I decided to play with the photo below first.
This is my final product. I have a Pogo printer (similar to this) that I will print out a photo of the original inspiration. It’s a sticker, so then I will just stick it to the top of the page where there is a blank space.
I use a small 5.5″ x 8″ sketchbook to play with markers for tangling or for watercolor markers, etc. It isn’t really meant for water, but this book isn’t precious, so it isn’t a big deal if I destroy a few pages playing with marker techniques and patterns, etc.
Here are a couple tangles I’ve tried from a book I have. You can see where it’s hardly professional quality. I’m just playing with it to see how it feels and how it works:
You can try this technique with any pattern you find that you think is interesting. You can find pattern in so many places if you pay attention. It can be in nature, fabrics, buildings, art, jewelry, and so much more.