Another Review at MyShelf.Com

How To Draw Zentangles In Simple Steps
How To Draw Series
Ann Marie Irvine

Search Press
28 November 2016/ ISBN 9781782214328
How-To Books/Art

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Official Zentangles are 3½” square abstract drawings in black and white, consisting of shapes filled with patterns. In this book the author has taken the basic idea and produced eighteen drawings complete with final colored variations. All are step-by-step projects and vary in complexity, from six stages to ten and filling one or two pages. As with all the titles in this series the drawings start simply, with each stage adding a bit more although as they are all drawn in black pen the new lines are added in the same color. This is not a problem as it is easy to see what has been added, and the final colored image shows how it can easily be transformed. No words are required apart from the single page introduction which explains what a Zentangle is and has a suggestion for what pens to use. At the back is a gallery of all the projects colored in so you can select one and turn to the correct page. Some of the drawings are abstract patterns but all have been inspired by nature and subjects include plenty of the author’s trademark sea life (shells, fish, and a starfish), birds, flowers and leaves. This type of art can look intricate and complex if you do not know how to construct it but the steps soon take the mystery out of it and get you eager to have a go on your own. This is a fun primer that requires little in the way of outlay for materials and certainly had me grabbing a pen and paper.

If you cannot find a good range of art materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2017