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.
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