Monday, August 8, 2011

Ok, so now what? How do zentangle and stamping relate?

The conversation on the twopeasinabucket stamping forum was exploring how zentangle could be used with stamping.  There were lots of beautiful examples.   In most cases, an outline image was stamped and the interior was filled with zentangle patterns.  So, I started looking through my stamp collection for a possible image to use.  Instead, I kept noticing patterns in my stamps.  I stamped the following two pieces with the stamp set shown.

  Kind of sloppy water coloring!  I made the picture smaller so you can't look too closely!

I was worried the recipient of this card would wonder why I left a pencil outline, so I went over the original "square" with an 03 microperm pen and emphasized the corner dots.

Stamp Set : Stampendous   April Shower Flowers

The flower outlines with the patterned oval rings and oval shapes reminded me of zentangle designs.  I stamped in the traditional size zentangle "square" (3.5inch square of 140lb watercolor paper with a loosely pencil sketched wavy square inside).  I stamped with archival ink and colored with Tombow markers.  The first example used a watercolor technique.  The second example (already made in to a card) I got bolder color by only using water on the background.   Hmmm, these were ok, but not exactly a zentangle.  What's missing?  Ahhh, the string!  A pencilled in random line that divides the area in to sections to be filled with pattern.  I'll post my next experiment with zentangle and stamping tomorrow.  Thanks for hanging with me so far!  In the meantime, if you haven't checked out the zentangle website, they describe strings and tangles and supplies there. The newsletters are a great way to learn.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

Great zentangles.
I posted mine on 2peas and was part of that discussion :)
Not sure if you know, but if someone wants they can just click on your photo and it gets enlarged, teehee.