And of course cake ... in the form of Chelsea buns!
The Zentangle method of drawing began in 2003 when Rick Roberts observed the state of deep concentration his wife Maria entered when she was drawing patterns for illuminated letters, and likened it to a state of meditation. You may recognise as being very similar to the doodles you did in your rough book at school (long before 2003!) or still do when you are on the phone. You can find out more on their website.
Part one (do anywhere)
- Fineline pen or marker pen – any colour you like, but black is great for contrast
- Paper to draw on, sketchbook etc – copy paper is fine, or maybe one of the small pamphlet books from week one
- Large (A3 or A2) sheets of paper (tape several together if you don’t have any big enough)
- Something chunky to draw with eg charcoal (chunky not fine), crayons, chalk block, graphite stick
- Paint (not too drippy – even emulsion would do!) and a large brush – or your hands!
- Plastic sheet or newspaper to protect surface – this could get messy!
1. With a fine pen start in the centre of a sketchbook page or sheet of paper and fill the page with a single continuous spiral. How tight can you make it?
Use these prompts after both part one and part two...
- are all spirals circular? Try different shapes for your spirals and see how they fit together
- try using regular grids or random placement
- allow the spirals to overlap like raindrop ripples on a pond
- repeat with non-dominant hand
- repeat with eyes closed
- draw to music and see how the spirals change as the rhythm changes
- repeat using both hands at the same time
- use your feet as our students did last year!
1. Using an A3/A2 sheet of paper and something chunky like the side of a crayon, charcoal or a graphite stick, repeat part one no.1.
A great reminder of sunnier days and freer times, and there are some stunning images on the internet if you have some time to spare (warning - timewaster alert!). You could start here with an exploration of Jon Foreman's art (he loves a spiral too) or here to read about the pioneers of the art form.
At InStitches we invite inspirational guest tutors to teach workshops for us as part of our textile adventures series and over the years they have become our friends. Their work is always innovative and inspiring, as are their websites.
Inspired by the coastal landscape of Norfolk where she has her studio, Debbie makes two and three dimensional work which responds to the land and the materials she finds on the coast. Read Debbie’s blog post To Coil about the importance of doing rather than just thinking about doing when it comes to being creative. Then wander through the rest of her website and blog for more coastal inspiration.
Another textile artist inspired by the land, Alice works with materials she finds or gathers and recently has been exploring her allotment and the things she can grow there. Her work is endlessly fascinating as she explores the possibilities of found objects and making with gathered materials.
Thank you so much to everyone who is joining in with the blog and taking the time to post and share their creative endeavours - we really appreciate it. The creative community is a great one to be part of at any time, but especially now.
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Until next time - keep the creativity flowing...
Terry & Hazel