2021: monthly drawings
I draw a lot and I love going through my social media feed and also through all the paper tiles. Each drawing reminds me of a phase in life or creative journey. I thought that it might be interesting to collect my favorite monthly Zentangle inspired drawings. A mosaic of 9 photos sounded like a reasonable idea. I’ll briefly reflect on what was the inspiration, which supplies were used etc.
A collection of monthly Zentangle inspired drawings
I’ve spent a warm summer night at home but the heat hasn’t stopped me from creating. In fact, I was enjoying several projects, as well as some preparations for a future class.
This was a different and fun way to explore maptangling (tangling on stained background).
Inspired by wonderful Margaret Bremner, I tried combining contemporary abstract art with Zentangle. Enjoyed it!
Romantic tangling on a Renaissance tile – that is how I see this combo. Soft, delicate, feminine.
A second edition of the pre-strung challenge, hosted by Debbie, Jem and me. I oved playing with pre-strung tiles again.
Project pack 15 by Zentangle Inc. featured a combo between calligraphy and Zentangle. This was my favorite project.
Another version of abstract & Zentangle concept, this time a with bolder color scheme and geometrical tangles.
I kept exploring the topic of my newest class, to be released in September – From Reticula and Fragments to Mandalas.
Even thought I haven’t published any classes in July, I found it to be very productive. I was exploring some new concepts. preparing the fall / winter curriculum. There is a lot to do in August but my head was buzzing with ideas.
This is a model for one of the future classes, maybe even a masterclass. I really look forward to that one.
I was inspired to draw some kind of a whimsical architecture, inspired by details from the Alhambra palace.
A color combo that I fell in love with – warm gold looks like it was meant to be paired with cold grey.
Zentangle’s Project Pack 14 featured a Dingsplatz concept in one of the videos and I felt inspired to create these.
Whenever I feel less than inspired, taking a Zentangle’s pre-strung tile is the perfect solution to getting started.
Did I mention how much I love gold on grey? 😀 Another creation that left my heart full of gratitude.
My answer to the “tried and true” challenge from the Square One: Purely Zentangle group. It’s always Mooka!
June was a slower month for me. The one dedicated to the vacation, some introspection and strategic planning. At the beginning of June I released my Introduction to Zentangle class but the rest of the month was dedicated to drawing and thinking. 🙂
Looking back at this collection, it’s clear how much has the seaside inspired me to create in June.
One of my contributions to the Pre-strung Fun challenge, hosted by Jem Miller, Debbie Huntington and me.
One of the drawings that I created for the To You Tangle challenge, hosted by Japanese CZTs.
A fun drawing fiished with some help by the Alhambra-inspired stencil by CZT Marieke Sanchez.
I love to use different supplies and for this drawing I used the 3D Varnish to create the orbs.
A new Dingsplatz design, inspired by Zentangle’s Project Pack 14.
I would say that May 2021 was mostly marked by using my new-found favorite paper – 100% cotton, hand-made Khadi paper. I love its rough texture and I’ve used it for most drawings (including the sketchbook that you can see below).
This style of using the blue color for coloring and shading reminds me of my early days of tangling.
One daily prompt, featuring Dingsplatz, from new Zentangle’s Project Pack 14. There were many beautiful proposals.
One of the pages of my Khadi sketchbook. I decided to dedicate this sketchbook to exploring Zentangle’s original tangles.
The vibrant magenta details bring out the best in this olive green color. Such amazing contrasts.
My take on maptangling technique – tangling on a colored stain. Black ink on the stain, grey on white paper.
I was really enjoying Well explorations. This play with shadows and lights was the one I really liked.
Blue shading on a grey tile is something I did a lot when I first started adding color to my drawings.
After Zentangle’s Project Pack #13 I really felt inspired to use the Gelly Roll Glaze pen.
Ludmila Katz is my regular tangle-buddy and we had a great time drawing this project that she proposed.
A combo of a colored rim with some more traditional tangling in the center really appealed to me.
This is one of the pieces inspired by the Project Pack #13 by Zentangle. I followed Rick’s drawing but added some personal touches to it.
March 2021 was a month of big projects – just look at the examples of monthly Zentangle Inspired drawings below. Mostly I’ve been creating some new Glow on Black pieces but, no matter how focused I am on a certain technique, I have a need to use different supplies to break the routine.
I participated in a class led by my dear friend and fellow CZT Maria Tovar. We used the Alhambra-inspired stencil by CZT Marieke Sanchez.
I just love the sea and usually during winter we don’t visit it. This one was a result of my longing to see the seaside.
Another one from the class by CZT Maria Tovar, using the Alhambra-inspired stencil by CZT Marieke Sanchez (on a big, Opus-size tile).
Another one of the pieces inspired by the Project Pack #13 by Zentangle. Simple black and white look so beautiful on this blue paper.
An SF-looking piece on a 3Z tile, that was a part of the Valentangle challenge, prepared and inspired by Marguerite Samama CZT.
Another drawing that was inspired by the Valentangle challenge by Marguerite Samama CZT.
The third drawing that was inspired by the Valentangle challenge. Going big with shades and highlights.
Looking back on the drawings from January, it seems to me that it was not as productive as some of the months that followed. However, there are some drawings that bring out fond memories.
A simple but effective (hello dramatic shades!) drawing that featured a new tangle launched by Zentangle, Narfello.