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

 

Show and tell: Wrapping with Pepin Press

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It's getting towards peak wrapping season but before we completely dive into Christmas I thought I'd share some wrapping paper for use all times of the year.

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The first time I encountered these gift wrapping books from Pepin Press was at the MOMA bookstore in NY. I gave myself a two book limit. Now I'm slowly growing my collection of these Pepin Press books and have been adding one to my Amazon orders when I need to qualify for super saver shipping. I've seen these being sold on FAB as well but they have been more expensive there.

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The books are essentially 12 unique pages of gift wrap along with a short write up (in 8 languages!) about the origins of the patterns in the that book's theme. Many of the patterns come from Pepin's 30 year old archive. The wraps are all printed on high quality papers and vary in finishes even within books. My most recent purchase included wraps on un-coated stock as well as some coated with a satin finish in the same book.

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I think one of the reasons I'm drawn to gift wrap so much is because I love pattern. Gift wrapping has also been a great way to experiment with pattern mixing. I long to travel to see the textiles and patterns of the world. These books offer a nice introduction to some of those traditional patterns.

Top Left: OpArt, Top Right: Barcelona Tiles, Bottom Left: Skeletons, Bottom Right:  Psychedelic  

Top Left: OpArt, Top Right: Barcelona Tiles, Bottom Left: Skeletons, Bottom Right: Psychedelic 

Wrapped using paper from the Psychedelic book.  

Wrapped using paper from the Psychedelic book.