Artist Trading Card Daily – 10

January 10, 2015 — 17 Comments

Today’s Artist Trading Card Daily post features a simple (yet complex looking) zentangle design.

Artist Trading Card Daily - 10

To start with I marked out a grid with horizontal and vertical lines with quarter of an inch spacing onto Super Smooth cardstock.

I then marked in the solid black lines with a Faber Castell PITT Indian Ink Pen.

The shading was then added using a small selection of grey Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

The final step was to trim down the design and mount it directly onto a piece of black cardstock.

I really liked this geometric design – it’s quite amazing what can be created with a few basic bits and bobs isn’t it?

So that’s another ATC for the collection – many more on the way!

I hope that you like it and that it may inspire you to have a go at these manageable mini makes.

As always, if you have any comments or questions about this post then please feel free to use the comments section below. Also, If you know of anyone that would appreciate reading this post, there are handy sharing icons below.

Many thanks for taking the time to visit.

I’ll see you again tomorrow.

J :)

17 responses to Artist Trading Card Daily – 10


    I’ve never tried Zentangle but this looks so amazing I might just give it a try. x



    Zentangle is on of my ‘must tries’ this year so I’m really pleased to see this design John! I don’t have Spectrum Noir pens but I had a set of the new Chameleon pens for Christmas … the shading looks as if they would be perfect for this don’t you think? Bit of practice required first though as they shade back from light to dark.



    Hi John this is a fantastic ATC the zentangle pattern is very effective. I have never tried this technique though I doodle all the time. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie



    Sheer brilliance!
    This series of ATC’s is a great psychological breakfast!!!



    Why do you call them trading cards? Do you use them for sending to people? I’m sorry I don’t know what they are for…please let me know. Love your site…you Christmas ornaments were great? Terri Novak



      There is lots of information about there about ATCs but in short they were originally used by artists as a way of creating little examples of their work to trade as business cards. The crafting community adopted them thereafter and use them as quick makes or mojo busters. They can be traded or given but never sold and each one measures 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.
      Hope this helps.
      J :)



    Only done one Zentangle…must try again…thanks for the inspiration!
    Paper Hugs,



    Brilliant, wow eye catching effect. Love this



    Wow how effective John. I really like that one. Really captures he 3D effect. Also loving seeing what you design each day.



    Like this very much John. Definitely the most unusual ATC I have ever seen too.



    Grannyinamuddle January 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Ooo. Never tried this but it’s definitely going on my list of new tries this year. Thanks again for the inspiration. The only problem is that you are making my list get longer lol x

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    Really effective. I love doing Zentangle but never thought of using alcohol markers. Thank you.

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    Love it. I love Zentangle. Must give this one a try.

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    That’s fantastic, John. Now I can have a go at Zentangling and not worry about filling up a large space :). x

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    Very effective 😊

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