Hen party gift

I’m so pleased to be able to share this at last. I drew this a couple of weeks ago as a gift for a friend who is getting married very soon. I was unable to go to the hen party but I was able to contribute to the keepsake book.

Because it was a secret for the bride-to-be, I haven’t be able to share it on here. But the time has now come for me to be able to post it.

It’s very loosely based on zentangle (www.zentangle.com) but as ever with my own twist.

I was really happy with the way this one turned out. What do you think?

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Mum and daughter

My cold has meant a couple of days stuck in bed, so I’ve been doodling a picture of a mum and daughter.

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Wedding doodle

A rather familiar scene, but in a different style. I’m so pressed for time at the moment that I’m finding black and white ‘doodling’ style – in pen and soft pencil on heavyweight cartridge – to be really convenient as I can take it with me and work on it in so many more places than, say, paint. Or even coloured pencils.

I really like the style of these. I find the contrast of the hard pen and the soft pencil, combined with the richness of the doodled textures, really appealing.

I think this would make a great wedding card or even an invitation for a less formal wedding. I’ll be adding it to my Etsy shop soon.

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My first Zentangle

This is my first Zentangle. I really enjoyed producing it – it’s very satisfying to see the impact of doodles appearing on the paper. It’s a bit of a new experience for me, giving myself permission to switch off my brain for a bit and do something detailed and repetitive.

http://zentangle.com/index.php

I’ve got some ideas I want to try out already.

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Do you tangle?

I’ve only recently come across the creative wave that is Zentangle. Great name – but what IS it? Well, you know those squares and circles you used to doodle in your school exercise book? Or on the corner of your letter whilst hanging on the phone? Well, that’s it! In a slightly more structured way, maybe, but that is the essence of it.

http://www.zentangle.com/index.php

Now it seems there’s a whole mini industry behind it – kits that can be bought, with appropriate sized paper, and other related things. I don’t know how I feel about the commercialism of what is essentially a basic, creative freedom (and it seems slightly at odds with the Zen of the title) but I guess who can blame someone from profiting from their ideas?

And, although I didn’t want want or feel the need to get a kit, I did buy a book. Why? Well, believe it or not, I’ve never been able to do that sort of doodle. My doodles have always been ‘things’: faces, eyes, legs, flowers.  But not shapes. When I do shapes they come out as a jumbled mess. Not stylish at all. It never really occurred to me, until I looked through this book, that there are techniques to drawing these repetitive designs, and some of them are really quite intricate. Very, very appealing. I think I’m going to give it a try.  Watch this space…

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