Zentangle Once More

I colored that last Zentangle and neglected to take a picture of it. It looks nice with spots of color. (Look for that in the mail, Dee)

I thought that today I would show you the process as I understand it. Keep in mind I’m not one of their official CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) – I just learned this and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

We’ll just call this Zentangle De-Mystified, shall we?

I took a nice piece of cardstock that has a raised border around it and drew my “tangle.” This one was for Emily, so I decided to make some cute little hearts for my cute little girl…

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I then decided to do a Knight’s Bridge tangle on the main heart…

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Emily looked at the rough drawing and immediately saw something I had not. “That’s a butterfly, Mama.” She illustrated with her orange pieces…

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She had noticed a heart shape in one of my original three small Zentangles and I kind of ignored her comment. For a while at least. I used another two patterns, one in one of the smaller hearts, the other in the top of the project…

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I filled in a couple more hearts…

 

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I then decided to define the border of the piece. I outlined it first…

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Then added alternating slanted lines. I’m particularly proud of the sunflower on the side, which I drew with relatively few mistakes, just by looking at how the picture broke down into its components. I think that is the most important lesson of the day. From my two plus days of experience with this method I’ve noticed it’s much easier to see the basic patterns in something and break it down from there. I think I’ll learn even more with practice.

At this point, after several comments from Emily, I really was seeing the butterfly, which I hadn’t before. Seeing this pattern like she did, it makes me wonder again at her math skills. They are strong – which gets me to wondering how I can promote that. By this time in the drawing she was eager to start her own. She went in search of some paper while I continued to work on the piece I had now named “Hearts A-Flutter”…

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I added more details and made some corrections to the butterfly’s shape. This is why it is important to do the basic tangle in pencil!

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More details…

 

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The butterfly itself seemed too…empty. So worked on fixing that. At this point I decided I was done with the basic black and white drawing…

 

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I asked Emily to choose some colors and I wrote down on the back of the sheet what she wanted. That was last night. This morning I got up, picked out the colors and lined them up…

 

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And here is the finished product…

 

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Emily’s explorations into this were not as successful. I could feel her frustration when she couldn’t get the patterns she saw in the book to match what she was sketching on the paper. It will take a while for that, and I do have the Zentangle for Kidz on order (see link below).

I’ll keep working on her.

I like that she sees these patterns. I think it is a valuable key towards understanding her better, and custom-tailoring learning experiences to her needs. Does anyone else have experience with a learner like that? Any suggestions?

 

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