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My hubby ordered two iPad 2 covers.  I made fabric covers for the original iPad but he gave me the spare one to alter.  I used Zendoodles (also known as Zentangleing (tm)
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Step 1: Test your markers

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I tested out a number of markers on the hidden hinge area to make sure they would not smear or bleed

Step 2: These markers work very well

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The Sharpies are the best as the stroke marks show less. The Bic and the Uni markers give a deeper, richer black but the stroke marks are very visible!

Step 3: Copics work too!

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Copic markers (and I am guessing ProMarkers, but I didn't test those so do so before using them!) work well too.  That opens up a whole world of colouring possibilities!


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They smear. The Micron pens are lovely for paper but not on the iPad cover! The Sharpie pens for writing smear too. Note the package says "Won't Bleed through paper"  but not that they write on anything like a real Sharpie.

Step 5: Practice on paper first

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You can choose to treat each strip as a different area, as I did, or try treating the whole cover as one continuous area.

Step 6: Things that will help

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There are books that will give you pattern ideas. Plastic templates will help you draw crisp lines or patterns if you are a bit ham handed like me! There is no way to "erase" a mistake.  Real zentanglers embrace that.  I didn't want to mess it up so I was more cautious.

Step 7: Another tip! Use a transparency

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If you want to test out a pattern, you can lay a transparency over the area and doodle on that.  That way you can test out your pattern first to make sure you are going to like it. Not very zen, I know. Can you also see how I mask off each area as I work? That keeps the dividers between sections clean.  I then outline around each division.
Louise5423 years ago
I LOVE the tiny brush strokes! They add an air of 'imperfection' that is a constant in all of nature - and there for - reality. :)
ghau3 years ago
Fabulous ideas. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for all the tips, I'm going to use the masking tip a lot I think.
agis683 years ago
excellent job...perfect result...
Nice work! You'll find lots more ideas (and some solutions for tangling large areas) if you contact a local Zentangle® teacher. You can find one in your area by doing a web search for Zentangle and going to Rick and Maria's website.

Happy tangling!

splazem4 years ago
Wow. Great job!
meerar4 years ago
wow this looks great. i totally love this look. reminds me of henna patterns. i am going to use this to decorate my small ikea shelf
UKmaryanne (author)  meerar4 years ago
Cheers for that. Glad you like it. It was fun to do. But I don't think I would want to do a whole shelf (unless it was a small one!) It took me the better part of about 3 days.

I hope you will share yours if you make it!

Mary Anne