Saturday, December 6, 2008

Z-tile adventures giving me great ideas!

Wire woman is doing some great stuff on the yahoo group z-tile adventures. Her group is based on the original Zentangles site and designs. Check out Maria & Rick's work at I've done a couple z-tiles but not in the official size of 3 1/2 inches square. I've gotta dig out my cool handmade papers and cut up a couple to do tiles. Zentangle site suggests using cold press 110# paper - I think (not referencing site offhand...) - and Pigma Micron pens. I use black rollerballs alot for just regular writing and doodling. But like the z-tile adventures site notes, Zentangling is NOT simply doodling. There are specific patterns - what they refer to as "tangles" - that you learn. Then, as you are decorating a tile, often with a string originally created on your tile, you enter a "meditative state" as you create your Zentangle. Cool stuff.
Here's an old piece I made while listening to a lecture, before I even knew Zentangles existed. I like the piece. I had to cut it off the paper I originally drew it on, and I scanned it against a sheet of lavendar cardstock. The repetitive patterns are what make it Zentangle-ish.