I’ve been all about Zentangle® for a while now. If you’re not sure what it is a quick Google image search for Zentangle will get show you exactly what’s up! It’s basically doodling, but kind of with a purpose, but kind of not. That makes no sense, right? Let’s see if I can explain this a bit better…
There are tons and tons of fun patterns that can be made with just a pen and paper. Some are symmetrical and look like they would be terribly difficult to do by hand, but they’re not! With little image tutorials, you can learn tons and tons of Zentangle® patterns online. It will show you to draw a dot across the page like so. And connect them like so. And then you’re rocking an amazing pattern! There are also patterns that are more haphazard like what you see on my pencil box above.
Put together these patterns form doodles that can take your mind off of things like nothing before. Now I feel like I am not much of an artist. Drawing is not my forte. So I was pretty amazed at some of the doodles I came up with my first couple of tries!
And since I’ve been doing lots and lots of travelling and wanted to ‘tangle on the road, I decided I needed something to keep all of my new tools of the trade… pens and pencils! And since I tend to be rough on things, I wanted a box that would protect the pencil nibs a bit better than a pencil bag has done for me in the past. Tossed in my things to do tote bag with a glittered cat on the front (for real I have a travel bag to keep me busy like a child and there is a cat’s glittered face on the front, also like a child :) and kept myself busy and happy on the road!
For this project you will need:
I liked these boxes specifically because of the finger groove to open. The box is super sturdy and I’m very happy with it. It easily opens but stays closed when tossed around in the floorboard of the car, on the hotel bed and all of that good business.
Tucked inside are all of my pens and pencils I use to tangle! If you’re looking for instruments to get into Zentangle® here’s what I have and I love them both… Sakura Clamshell set with 3 pens and 1 pencil and Prismacolor Illustration Markers with 4 different tips <— my fave.
Heat your wood burner up with a tip you can draw with. I am still new to my wood burner so I decided to go with a pattern that is random and uses only straight lines! Starting on the top draw the lines as you’d like them. Rotate sides to continue the lines. Overlapping is great and makes such a neat look in the end!
I have no clue what this tip is but I got it from this 28 piece wood burning set I got to expand my possibilities! After some practice, I found I was able to “color in” with this tip the best.
To color simply move the burner gently over the wood in between your lines to fill in the negative space. If you press too hard you’ll get weird ruts in the wood where it burns more deeply in some spots than others. Easy does it!
Remember that a wood burner is HOT! And so are the tips and even the wood as you’re working on it. I craft with cats as you may well know but they stay OUT of the room I’m working with the wood burner!
Now after the fact, that’s a whole different story :) I love how the lines ago over the case and connect all around the sides. It’s so fun!
I also love how the pattern gets all messed up when open. It just seems to make it matching up perfectly all the more impressive when closed as silly as that may be.
All of my pens and pencils fit in with room to add a few more. And tossed into my tote with a drawing pads and I’m one happy traveler!