You know the saying. ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. I’m not so sure.
If like me you have a stash of stencils and templates that you got donkey’s years ago, and that have sat in the drawer since then, why not have a rummage and see if any would be suitable for Zentangling.
That’s very much what I’ve been doing this weekend.
When I talk about stencils and templates, you’ll probably know the type that I mean. The ones that we all bought for one particular technique that we haven’t really had time to explore much.
On my trawl through my template stash I found a few that I thought would be good for Zentangling designs. Two of them were originally designed for Fancy Folding techniques; Iris Folding to be precise. The other was a general brass stencil.
Here is a quick pic of the templates.
I tried a few other decorative stencils but they proved to have areas that were really to small for the technique of Zentangling.
For the first try out I thought that I had better try something simple with basic shapes first so I used the square brass stencil first.
First I traced it out with a 0.5mm Pigma Micron pen and then started work plotting out the centre square around which the basket weave design was going to form.
After I had drawn all of the lines. I used a 4B pencil and a blending stump to give the basket weave design some shading.
The final step was to mat and layer it onto a card and then add some strips of card and a bow to finish the look.
And here it is …
Next I chose the floral Fancy Folding stencil and traced out the design using the 0.5mm Pigma Micron pen again.
For the central shape this time I used another basic shape stencil to add a hexagon to each petal. I then added the lines for the basket weave style again.
For the smaller areas I used a square basket weave style.
Once more I shaded the basket weave design it with a 4B pencil.
I also used the pricking holes, from the stencil, to make pen dots which I later joined up to form another decorative feature on the card.
I added just one layer between the design and the card this time. I felt that the design had enough to give … except that I did then add a “few” gems to add a little sparkle to the design – tee hee :)
And the result …
In my mind butterflies are NEVER dull, grey and shaded – they are full of colour and excitement.
After repeating the steps that I used for the earlier cards (tracing and outlining the basket weave design – going back to the square style this time) I reached for my box of colouring pencils.
I coloured each of the ‘strips’ of the basket weave in a different colour, blending from darker shades on the outer edges to lighter tones in the middle of each strip to give it a woven look.
To add a little something to the finished card I also drew in and coloured some strips leading out to the edge of the card – a nice touch I think.
Anyway, see what you think …
Finally, here are the three side by side. By the way, they are all approximately six inches square – forgot to mention sizes earlier.
So there you have it. Three cards from three stencils that may have otherwise not seen the light of day for a while.
Hmmm, I’m now thinking that I should pop onto e-bay and see if there are any bargain stencils or templates about! Lol. Whoopsie.
Anyway, if you would like to know anything more about Zentangle, and what it is all about, why not visit the Zentangle website or do a google search – there are loads of designs, images and tutorials out there to be discovered.
As ever, please feel free to leave your thoughts, comments and questions at the bottom of this page.
Thank you for reading. Look forward to seeing you next time.