Markers are my happy place. I’ve always loved to draw with a thick, juicy black marker. I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them called Marker Addicts. All I need are a couple of Sharpies and a nice pad of marker paper and I am cool, cool, cool.
I’ve been drawing in this black and white abstract style for a really long time, so imagine my surprise when what I’ve been creating for over thirty years on my own has a name and it’s called Zentangle. Wow.
Zentangle is the art of drawing structured patterns. Here is a Modern Art 4 Kids project I did with my art class on Instagram a few months ago.
My students loved it and so did I. It’s a lot of fun and you don’t have to be an “artist” to pull it off. Funny thing, I just never realized how soothing drawing was and how I instinctively sought it out as a means of both stimulating and comforting myself. Art is pretty freaking awesome that way.
I recently created another wall photo collage in my bedroom, and I was on the hunt for some cool wall art. While I’m in the midst of building my collage, I can usually be found cannibalizing art postcards and books, old drawings from our sketchbooks, etc. I wanted something that said,
Why not just make something new? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!
With my old faithful Sharpie marker, I got started created a Zentangle-like drawing of the word, “love”. I left the marker sitting beside the drawing–eventually my husband Michael picked up where I left off. Then on the last round, I went in and finished the drawing.
I love doing collaborations like this.
Making art with the person that I love.
Doing what we both love to do.
Writing the word love, as an art form.
I’m in love with love. Have you ever tried to create a Zentangle?