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CUTE & EASY Zentangle Art Project [Perfect for Beginners Just Learning How to Draw!]
Need a FUN zentangle art project that's step by step and EASY enough to do even if you've never tried drawing before, or are just learning how to draw? You're in the right place!
In today's drawing video, you'll get a sneak peek at one of my favorite drawing books. It's jam packed with zentangle art ideas for beginners! You'll learn a little about my creative process (I LOVE flipping through art books for inspiration!), and why I'm drawn to certain zentangle art patterns over others.
Then you need to grab your favorite markers and fineliners so you can draw along with me in this CUTE and relaxing zentangle art tutorial- perfect for artists of all levels!
If you're new to drawing and coloring with markers, make sure you grab my FREE Swatch Sheet so you can swatch your markers out before we get to the coloring portion of today's project. Simply click on the button below, and I'll send it straight to your email!
Whenever I get a new art supply with multiple colors - whether that's a new set of markers, watercolors, etc. - I ALWAYS swatch them out. That's because I learned the hard way that the color on the cap, tube or bottle often doesn't really look like what ends up on your paper. TRUST ME. Now my rule of thumb is to ALWAYS swatch. Here are a couple of the fun faces on my Swatch Sheet!
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Today I'm reviewing a drawing book about zentangling from my personal art book collection called Tangled Up by Penny Raile. This Walter Foster Studio book is a great example of inspiration, paired with practical how-to instruction.
If you're new to zentangle art, zentangling is basically a form of line art that plays with repeating patterns and line weights (how thick or thin a line is). It's a super chill and mindless activity to do if you're feeling stressed, need an escape, or want to get creative but not spend forever working on a project.
Zentangling is also EXCELLENT for people interested in learning how to draw. In fact, it's one of the first lessons I teach to beginners in my Fun Fab Drawing Club because it's a simple way to warm you up for learning line variation (how thick or thin a line is), which segues beautifully into learning how to shade.
If you know me, and my work - I can be impatient and don't love spending a ton of time on details. ? That's the only part of zentangling that can feel a little annoying to me (teeny, intricate patterns)!
As soon as you open Tangled Up, you'll see LARGER zentangle pattern ideas, plus a lot of really simple patterns to try, which I totally appreciate!
The first zentangle drawing project in chapter one ONLY uses a pattern of straight lines (above). I love that! Not complicated, not too fussy- it's perfect for beginners just learning how to draw (even kids), or anyone looking for a fun warmup drawing excercise!
The idea below is another great one to try with kids- simply use a cookie cutter as the project's stencil.
Tangled Up features some adorable zentangle pattern ideas throughout that would make fun borders around a drawing (below). There are also lots of examples with multi-line weights (line variation - showing lines in a variety of thicknesses. This is a really important introductory skill for drawing beginners.
This book also shows you step by step how to draw fun shapes from arrows to ribbons, that you can fill with zentangles! I love this- nothing is rushed here in the instruction. It's all very simple to follow, so if you're a beginner, you're in great hands.
Today, I was totally inspired by the adorable little fish above! I decided it would be fun to put him center stage inside a fish bowl with some plants or coral.
Zentangling is an amazing activity to do when you're sad, stressed, or need some kind of escape and don't want to fuss with a complicated project. It can take your mind off of whatever is bothering you, and you can choose to make the project last for a short or long time based on your mood.
Get intricate with your patterns if you want the project to last longer, or keep your zentangle patterns large and simple to finish quicker (like me!).
When you're ready to color your drawing, make sure you swatch your markers off to the side and label each shade before you dive into coloring so you don't get any surprises.
If you didn't do it already, download my FREE Swatch Sheet of faces and print as many copies as you need.
I used copic markers for my coloring today because I love them, and that's what I had on hand. Use whatever you've got on hand.
The art supplies don't matter, what matters is that you just draw... and have FUN while you're doing it.
I hope you enjoy today's zentangle art project and completely LOVE Tangled Up if you decide to get it.
Oh, and just a word of warning... zentangling is a little addictive.
Once you start, it's kinda hard to stop!
Thanks for hanging out with me today!
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