The Tangle Toolkit

If you have been keeping up with me on instagram you will have noticed I have been doing a tangle a day.

I wanted to share with you my personal toolkit, Zentangle ® do a lovely official kit but I already had everything I needed.

Pens

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I’ve had these a while as I also use these when drawing templates for paper cuts. When tangling I use the 0.3 for outlining the frame and the 0.1 to draw the tangles.

One thing I did notice though was that while these were great for the slower drawing when lining a drawing they weren’t as good for tangles where I draw a little faster.

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Pilot

A new addition while I was picking up some new sketchbooks I bought a black pilot drawing pen (0.2) and two sepia pens (0.2 and 0.5) I have found the pilot pens better for tangling as they seem to flow better for the way I draw.

The sepia pens were for a secondary colour when drawing step outs and to also try some full sepia tangles.

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The brush pen is great for filling large areas, the black pigment isn’t as dense as in the drawing pens and there is less bleed through on lighter weight papers so I prefer it for quick fills to my promarkers.

I had originally bought it for typography but really didn’t get on with it for that.

 

Paper

wpid-wp-1426184113638.jpeg I prefer to have a book, the official tiles are gorgeous and one day I might use them but I would like to be producing a higher level of work first. I first started with a free writer book as I always have a few of them about but the paper in those isn’t up to holding the ink. Both my step out book and my tangle book are 160gsm Daler Rowney graduate sketchbooks. My step outs go in an A5 soft cover stapled book and the tangles are in an A6 hard cover book.

wpid-wp-1426183984495.jpegThere is no bleed through on the paper so while I don’t use both sides of the paper in my tangle book I am able to use both sides in the step out book.

I like the hard bound book as it is easy to throw in my bag and take anywhere.

Pencil

While the idea behind zentangle is that you draw with a pen you still add your strings with a pencil. I am a mechanical pencil lover and use a rotring Tikky 0.5 with a HB lead. I do have a set of sketching pencils for shading though I haven’t tried any of that yet.

Other Things

My pencil case has a few other things in it too, I have a white gel pen that can be used for drawing on parts that have been filled with black. I also have all my other drawing equipment that might make it into tangles one day like the promarkers and my coloured pencils. But all you really need is something to draw on and something to draw with. I have seen beautiful tangle art in all sorts of mediums.

First Experience: Drawing

Ok it’s not my first time drawing, I scribble things down all the time but I have never really drawn beyond quick sketches of ideas which have always been for my eyes only.
Since I had been trying things out and being able to draw something that makes sense to more than just me would be very helpful for bead designs, it would be great for papercutting because I could hand draw templates rather than composing them digitally and I could just sit and draw something for fun.

chibi posesAs I mentioned in my post about promarkers I had fallen in love with Yampuff’s style. If I could draw my own chibi’s that would be great, chibi’s also seemed a gentle entry point for figure drawing as the proportions weren’t as crucial as in more traditional drawing.
Perhaps I was being a little adventurous, I managed basic poses but once it came to adding details I became unstuck, the eyes always looked weird, the hair was strange and despite studying fashion at collage I couldn’t get the clothes right either.

It’s time to shelve that idea for a while.

But I still want to draw

zentangleI needed to simplify things, so I started looking at doodles and zentangle.
It was certainly easier and the construction of tangle patterns was clearly documented and very easy to follow. It was also quick and unlike everything else required very few “things” to be scattered around. Armed with my lovely tikky pencil (rotring 0.7mm mechanical pencil) and a lovely little sketchbook I began my doodling.

(image – doodles)Little mistakes are less noticeable, or much easier to turn into part of the pattern. But the idea is that you don’t erase anything (unless it’s pencil marks after inking)

I didn’t actually think I would have as much fun with the doodles as I did but they were fantastic, and a great confidence boost after the mishap of the chibi’s. Plus after seeing some really amazing work with doodles I noticed how great they would be as paper cuts, maybe even take the patterns and try and add them onto beads.