I have always been intrigued by new methods, techniques and ways to combine Zentangle with different influences. For the past several months, I’ve been exploring Tangled Abstracts, trying not only to draw new artwork, but also developing the framework that would help others enjoy it. Finally I published this long-awaited class.

If you have been following my posts on social media, you might have noticed these specific-looking pieces that I started to draw last summer. Most often I used vibrant colors in the background, combined bold shapes with different tangles and fragments. 

Influence behind the Tangled Abstracts

I finished my first tanged abstract piece back in August. That one was inspired and influenced by a wonderful tangler and artist, Margaret Bremner. Margaret often combines Zentangle with some traditional art forms and creates the most wonderful artworks that inspire so many.

That first piece laid down the foundation for a methodology that I would use to create the others. 

Zentangle Tangled Abstracts

Creating these was so joyful and freeing. The vibrant colors always lift up my mood. But the methodology for creating the Tangled Abstracts is really similar to traditional Zentangle method and I found the process really freeing. It felt like there was no room to make mistakes and that everything was permitted.

Soon many people started to ask me if I would teach a class to explain how I create these eye-catching pieces. It took some more experiments to feel more comfortable and establish a framework. Finally I felt ready to present a class, believing that it would empower the others to create similar artworks with confidence.

Zentangle Tangled Abstracts

Tangled Abstracts Class

The design featured in the video class was based on a previous one, using elements that I have used before in several drawings. Like most tangled abstracts that I created before, it offers a mix of vibrant colors, different supplies, shapes and tangles.

It is my opinion that shading is the key to making this concept so interesting. That is why a big part of the class is dedicated to the shading and highlighting process. I truly believe that there is a lot to learn from creating this artwork. And, more importantly, so much to enjoy.

I hope that I will inspire some of you to join the class and create new artworks after you learn the methodology. In the eBook that is included with the video class you will also find a printable cheat sheet that will hopefully serve as a wonderful reminder about the possibilities. You can find more details about the class and buy it if you click on right here.

November, 2021

Written by Anica Gabrovec CZT

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