Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. Today I am continuing my series of blog posts about my journey through the Zentangle Primer. I’m up to Lesson Three in the Zentangle Primer, so let’s get into it.
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.
What is Lesson Three in the Zentangle Primer?
Lesson Three in the Zentangle Primer is about “String Theory”. We looked at the foundational principles of strings, and how we can interact with them in varying ways. There are different types of strings, and this lesson focused on understanding what defines the different types.
We also looked at how strings can disappear when they’re drawn in pencil and why it’s a good practice to draw them this way.
What else is there is Lesson Three?
Lesson Theee in the Zentangle Primer also contained a number of exercises to try after completing the initial lesson.
There were another four exercises all up and just like the previous lessons, they included different types of variations on what was just learned.
We looked at combining sections within a tile to see how the string disappears. We also looked at drawing over sections and going the beyond borders of a string.
In the last exercise we really moved into the essence of zentangling (which is unplanned) as we let the tangles decide how to approach the string.
The next post in this series will be about Lesson Four. Lesson Four in the Zentangle Primer is about “Shading”. It’s been one of my favourite lessons and I can’t wait to share about it here.
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