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.
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.
The pumpkins look so pretty on my white mantle.
Here are some close-up shots of my Zentangled pumpkin panels, so you can see the patterns in more detail.