What is a ZENTANGLE?

I first learned about Zentangles through this website.  Check out Artful Explorations in Nature’s blog about Zentangles here:

What is ZENTANGLE?.

In addition, I did Zentangle inspired art with my iPad using Sketchbook Pro.  I was inspired by Scratchboard paper especially the one with rainbow colors.

Abbyescart Zentangle

The process is actually a lot simpler than it looks.

First I added colors using various brush tools from Sketchbook Pro.  Next, I added another layer and flood filled it in black.  Then, I used the eraser tool to reveal the colors underneath.

I think Zentangles are a great way to teach line, pattern, and rhythm in art classes in all grades.  It’s also very relaxing which makes any art teacher happy :).

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