Lesson One in the Zentangle Primer

Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. Today I am kicking off on a series of blog posts about my journey through the Zentangle Primer. I’m starting at the beginning, with Lesson One in the Zentangle Primer. So let’s get into it.

Lesson One in the Zentangle Primer

What is the Zentangle Primer?

It’s a book, and Zentangle’s website describes it this way.

This book is an “old-world” instructional written and illustrated by founders of the Zentangle Method, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. It is simple in its delivery but with enough information to gently guide the novice, or enlighten the master. It is an instructional companion to The Book of Zentangle and has the same dimensions with 187 pages of step-outs, tangles, and text. Working solely on white tiles with black ink, this book digs deep into the fundamentals of the Zentangle Method and teaches the techniques and tools you need to take your Zentangle practice where you want.

The book has a series of lessons in it, and this is what I’m working my way through in this blog post series.

Lesson One in the Zentangle Primer, my First Tile

What is Lesson One in the Zentangle Primer?

  • Crescent Moon
  • Hollibaugh
  • Printemps
  • Florz

Lesson One in the Zentangle Primer is about tangling “your first tile”. You’re introduced to the 8 principles of Zentangle and four tangle patterns;

And there’s a reason why we explored these four.

These four patterns introduced some foundational zentangle principles like aura’s and learning to draw behind. It starts to set up a foundational framework that serves us well as we dive deeper into the Zentangle method.

We began by looking at shading to see how it affects a pattern and how it affects a tile. I found this component of the lesson very interesting.

Exercise 1, shading each tangle differently

What else is there is Lesson One?

Lesson One in the Zentangle Primer contained a number of exercises to try after completing the initial lesson.

There were three exercises all up and they included different types of variations on what was just learned.

From shading patterns differently to combining tangles to form new ones, I felt these extra exercises helped cement what was just learned in Lesson One.

In the last exercise of Lesson One, we reviewed some other tiles to see if we could identify the patterns being used. I felt all of the exercises for Lesson One in the Zentangle Primer helped to drive home the possibilities of Zentangle.

Exercise 2, use two tangles and combine to create Tangleation

Next up?

The next post in this series will be about Lesson Two. Lesson Two in the Zentangle Primer is about “your next tile”. I enjoyed this lesson as well and look forward to sharing it with you here.

Lesson One in the Zentangle Primer

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