Every time we have gone away I’ve taken my pens and Prismacolour pencils with me and a drawing pad with the best of intentions of having time to just sit and unwind and do some Zentangle type drawings. Has this ever happened? No! In fact I was quite distraught on our first trip away in the caravan when we stopped and found that the cupboard I’d stored my art supplies in had come open as we drove and not only did all my pencils fall out ALL OVER the floor – and a few broke 😦 but my laptop fell out too. (Thank goodness it was ok!)
Anyway, I have a lot of trouble sleeping. A busy mind. I find that instead of spending hours tossing and turning it’s better for me to try and focus ( and calm) my thoughts and this happens for me through Zentangling.
What IS Zentangling? Well, it’s just a more fancy name for doodling really. Patterns.
I love patterns! The more intricate the better….swirly patterns especially. It’s funny because some people are very geometric and square, and others are swirly circle people.
I’m a swirly circle kind of person. My sister is square, so is my husband. I wonder what this would mean to a psychoanalyst? What do you think you are? Look at your home decor – your quilt cover for example. I bet you’ll find your answer there. Unless everything in your house is just blank and un -patterned. I think I’d be a bit afraid of you if it is, because…well, that’s just weird. It’s like standing in a completely white room…I think I’d lose my mind and HAVE to make marks on the walls. Swirly ones.
So…I’ve been wondering if there could be any actual USE for these Zentangles I’ve been creating, and then various people on Facebook kept saying to me – Get them printed onto fabrics! In fact they have kindly come forth with a whole RANGE of ideas. Cushion covers, throws, scarves, mouse pads, phone covers, wallpaper, wall decals, one lady even suggested shower curtains. Well, whatever.
I don’t know. I’m sure someone could find a creative use for them, so I’ve added them to my Etsy store. If the calming of my crazy mind can be of some use to someone else with a creative mind, well that’s a wonderful thing!
So here’s a few designs that I’ve created! I do hand draw these in a notepad with fine liner markers – sometimes coloured, sometimes not, and then take them to my favourite playground – photoshop, and digitally play with them some more until I find the right look that I want.
Tell me what you think? Can you come up with any creative uses for these besides the ones I have mentioned? I’d love to know your thoughts.
They look lovely. I am with you on that a circleley person. 🙂
You’re one of my tribe then! 😀 Thanks!
Hi Tracy, I just discovered your blog (somewhat belatedly) and I love reading your stories. Your Zentangle designs are lovely, too. Have you heard of spoonflower.com/en/sell? If not, check it out. Designers sell their designs on fabric, wallpaper, ready-made pillows, and other home décor items. I’ve purchased fabric and pillows from them. I love browsing all the designs that I can’t find anywhere else on fabric.
Diana (from the Photoshop and PSE Users Facebook group)
Hi, thanks, yes I have. I did in the past post some things on Redbubble but never got around to really doing anything with spoonflower. – Tracy