Introduction: From Sandy to Thanksgiving

About: I am an artist living and teaching ART in NYC for over 30 years, and I am a CZT, Certified Zentangle Teacher. I love to explore all sorts of art making both in my teaching and in my own work...check out my sit…

When hurricane Sandy hit New York this past October, I was stuck indoors for days (lucky for me I had electricity). I got out a new watercolor sketch book and began a series of ZIA's (*Zentangle inspired art)
It turned into a book of drawings that I worked on for several weeks and finished on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

*Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Maria Thomas & Rick Roberts are the founders of Zentangle.
I became a CZT, Certified Zentangle Teacher, last summer)

Step 1: Supplies

Moleskin watercolor book
sakura markers (assorted sizes)
brushes pencil
and any other marker making tools that you might enjoy working with such as other types of markers, color pencils, white out..etc.

Step 2: Draw

Begin your drawing lightly with a pencil.

Step 3: Begin Inking

using the sakura markers begin to add detail. I use Sakura markers because they are a waterproof pigment ink and eventually when watercolor is used the ink from this marker will not bleed. Later in my work I often choose to use water base markers that will bleed because it can create an effect that i want. But to begin I use waterproof lines.

Step 4: More Ink

keep drawing

Step 5: More Detail

add more detail (I like to create mostly double page spreads.)

Step 6: Adding the Zentangles

The 3.5X3.5 areas in my drawing will become the area that I make zentangles, all the other areas are the ZIA's

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Step 9: Finish Ink

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Step 11: Begin Painting

I say painting because I am going to start to add color using watercolor, which as everyone knows is paint.  However, I think of my way of using watercolor as drawing with paint.

Step 12: Watercolors

Step 13: Birds

I continue to paint while leaving the 3.5X3.5 areas B&W

Step 14: Finish

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