Last Saturday the Piedmont Silk Painters gathered in Marcia Ferris's studio to get an introduction to Zentangle art and learn how the patterns could be incorporated into a scarf. In a nutshell, Zentangle is a mindful and structured form of creating artistic patterns... more info on it here. Our session was led by Joanna White, who uses Zentangle-inspired designs in her wearable art.
Joanna explained the steps in making various Zentangle patterns, which we each drew in black pen on 3" squares of paper -
Now, silk time! Starting with a scarf on which she had already painted a background, Joanna painted the elements of several Zentangle patterns with hot wax. When a second layer of dye is painted on the scarf, the colors under the wax design will be preserved and the Zentangle pattern will be revealed. It will be like a negative image of a paper zentangle, since drawn pattern lines will be lighter than the spaces, which were dyed.
Next we got to do the same on our own scarves. Holding the scarves up to the light gives an idea of what they'll look like, but you can't really tell until the wax is removed.
Now I have to remove the wax and set the dye... I'll show the finished scarf in the next post.
Just like silk painting, I can see how doing Zentangles can be very meditative as you get absorbed in your drawing, whether it's with a pen, wax, or some other resist.
Thanks for this introduction, Joanna! Do visit Joanna's website to see more of her beautiful wearable art!