Rainbow geometric wall hanging

Don't let the picture fool you. This is not a cat toy. I used my geometric ornament template to make a mobile as a baby gift. I combined the gift making with my current 100 Day Project by using my tangle pattern Onion Drops. For the colorful paper gems I used a watercolor wash.

Zentangle in color

A few weeks ago I shared the tangle pattern I created called Onion Drops and I included a list of patterns I found that have a similar twisting feel. Many of them I had never tried out before so I'm following up with some sample tiles to see how some of those patterns work. I think I found a new favorite in Sand Swirl. You'll also notice the line work on these tiles is in color! I've been having fun playing with a pack of Stabilo pens. Usually I draw with a black 01 Micron (0.25 mm line). These create a 0.4 mm line so the line work is still fairly fine.

If this is the first time you're stumbling upon Zentangle check out my introduction to the practice here. It can be a great medium for adding a handmade element to correspondence.

Left Tile:  Echoism, Sand Swirl, and Onion Drops.  Right Tile:  Kandy Ribnz, Inapod, Onion Drops, Tipz, and Leaflet.

Left Tile: Echoism, Sand Swirl, and Onion Drops. Right Tile: Kandy Ribnz, Inapod, Onion Drops, Tipz, and Leaflet.

Left Tile:  Sand Swirl, Echoism, Worms, Pais, and Onion Drops.  Right Tile:  Leaflet, Inapod, and Echoism (It looks rather different here because I added Onion Drops inside the hollow parts and rounded the pattern more).

Left Tile: Sand Swirl, Echoism, Worms, Pais, and Onion Drops. Right Tile: Leaflet, Inapod, and Echoism (It looks rather different here because I added Onion Drops inside the hollow parts and rounded the pattern more).

Left Tile:  Worms and Prestwood.  Right Tile:  Pais, Echoism, Worms, and Onion Drops.

Left Tile: Worms and Prestwood. Right Tile: Pais, Echoism, Worms, and Onion Drops.

For reference here are links to create the patterns used above.

Echoism 
Inapod
Kandy Ribnz
Leaflet
Pais
Tipz
Worms 
Sand Swirl
Prestwood 
Onion Drops

 

New Zentangle pattern: Onion Drops

One of the things I love most about Zentangle is that it's a great go-to creative outlet when creating birthday notes and wrappings. Hand drawing something is an automatic way to make something unique and special for someone.

Are you thinking Zentangle what? Here's an introduction I wrote a couple months ago.

Today I'm sharing my first Zentangle pattern. I developed this because while Zentangle is about being slow and thoughtful I wanted something that would flow from the pen a little quicker than some of my other favorite patterns. Something I could easily incorporate into those unique special somethings I was just mentioning. Searching the hashtag #oniondrops on my Instagram you can see many cards I've crafted with this pattern.

Without further a-du, here is the video and illustrated step-out for creating the Onion Drops pattern.

Why call it Onion Drops? I'm not a big fan of onions but those little purple ones are the first thing I thought of when I looked at this pattern. So Onion Drops it is.

For the Zentangle familiar you'll notice that I'm filling in some of the empty spaces with Tipple.

I haven't seen this pattern in Zentangle land but there are a few patterns I've come across that feel like they're part of the same family tree. Links to those patterns: Echoism (also one of my favorites), Inapod, Kandy Ribnz, Leaflet, Pais, Puffle, Tipz, Undling, Cruffle, and Worms.

I'd love to see how you interpret Onion Drops. Please send me images of your creations or tag them on social media!

Hand drawn gift wrap

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This box can be recycled for future gift wrapping or used as a treasure box. I used a combination of water color pencils and Zentangle to create the pattern. I developed this Zentangle pattern but will have to save sharing the method for a future post.