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Zentangle pumpkin

by: Jo

Zentangle pumpkin
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A couple of months ago, when I asked you guys for suggestions on a new craft to try, Rachael mentioned Zentangle.  I had never heard of such a thing, but when Chica and I looked into it and I discovered a whole new fun hobby!

Zentangles are basically patterned doodles, and when applied in random styles, they create a really amazing effect. You can go with your own imagination and doodle whatever you want, but if you need a kick start (or some fresh new pattern ideas), there are plenty of Zentangle books out there that are full of inspiration.

Zentangle pattern books

The only other tool you will need to get started is a permanent black marker. I really like the newer Sharpie Extreme markers for this project, because they offer fade-resistance that will help the pumpkin last several seasons.  I really do find myself zoning out while doing Zentangles.  It is a great way to relieve a little stress.  If you have a small notebook that you can carry around, you can do Zentangles anywhere for a moment of crafty relaxation!

Ever since learning about Zentangles, I was looking for a good project to use it on. When I spotted some white pumpkins on sale at Michael’s last Sunday, I knew I had my idea. I did a different design in each segment of the pumpkin, and I really like this alternate color theme for something as traditional as a pumpkin.

Zentangle pumpkins

The pumpkins look so pretty on my white mantle.

Zentangle pumpkins

Here are some close-up shots of my Zentangled pumpkin panels, so you can see the patterns in more detail.

Zentangle pumpkins

Zentangle pumpkins

Zentangle pumpkin
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14 comments so far:

  • 1
    Laura in 'bama 10/11/2010 at 10:23 am

    Gorgeous!!!! I LOVE Zentangle!

  • 2
    Suzanne McNeill 10/11/2010 at 1:19 pm

    Your pumpkin turned out great!!

  • 3
    Baye 10/11/2010 at 8:09 pm

    This is cool. How did I miss this? I’m off to check it out. Thanks as usual for sharing great ideas.

  • 4
    PatGLex 10/12/2010 at 11:02 am

    Absolutely love the pumpkin! Although I haven’t done it, I am a fan of Zentangle and maybe this is a way to get into it! You should, if you haven’t already, send a .gif of the pumpkin to the Zentangle people — I’m sure they’d love it!

  • 5
    Shelleen Toland 10/12/2010 at 4:36 pm

    Love the pumpkin.

  • 6
    Shelly 10/16/2010 at 1:30 pm

    I just got a Zentangles book for my birthday this month and I think this is a great project for me to try! Thanks!

  • 7
    Carol Hansen 10/24/2010 at 2:40 pm

    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I’m not a huge lover of halloween but this works for me :)

  • 8
    Jill Buckley 10/28/2010 at 8:20 am

    This pumpkin is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! I think I am going to have to go looking for a white pumpkin of my own today.

  • 9
    karen 10/28/2010 at 2:45 pm

    The white pumpkin is so creative – I love it!

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    mary 01/04/2013 at 11:59 am


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    kristie 09/02/2013 at 7:30 pm

    I have been thinking of how I can help my art students improve their writing skills, without doing just writing. I have decided to incorporate zentangle as much as possible in projects to make them really focus on making lines and controlling their writing utensil. Thanks for sharing. I love the pumpkins! So elegant!

  • 12
    Doreen Judge 05/28/2014 at 11:19 am

    i am a 81 year old and have only been doing zentangles for a short time, but am now addicted to them.

  • 13
    Matt 10/07/2015 at 12:39 pm

    Your post on decorating pumpkins with sharpies just got indirectly plugged by Alton Brown on his Facebook page. I love it when bloggers get attention!

  • 14
    Chica 10/07/2015 at 1:10 pm

    Matt, thanks for letting us know. Cool!

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