Zentangle Inspired Silk Paintings

In a nutshell, Zentangle is an intriguing art form where you build intricate-looking patterns called tangles, using a relatively easy stroke by stroke formula. I've incorporated Zentangle into scarves before (see this post), but this is a set of tiny paintings, just 4 x 4 in.

I fished some pieces of abstract, swirly, painted silk out of my scrap bag and adhered them to stretched canvases (forgot to take pics of them a† this stage). I then got out my black fabric pens and started drawing some of my favorite tangles. I had no preconceived idea of how any of these would turn out... I just started drawing at one point on the canvas and the patterns evolved from there. Shading was done with a graphite pencil afterwards.

I called this series 'The Gift' because after my first stage of drawing - the central motif with radiating arms - looked like ribbons around a parcel. Although they don't look much like parcels anymore, I'd thought I'd keep the name anyway!

These next two are a little different in that the scrap painted silk had more defined areas of color. Instead of drawing a whole Zentangle I filled in some areas with various tangles. I used a very fine fabric pen for the shading on these.

The sides of these little paintings are painted black and they are ready to hang or display on a mini easel. Contact me if you're interested in inviting any of them into your home!

New: Round Beach Towels With My Art!

Who doesn’t like a pretty beach towel?  Just in time for beach and picnic season, the folks at pixels.com are now printing artists’ work on beach towels! The newest and most popular ones are round. They are 60" in diameter and made from ultra-soft plush microfiber with a 100% cotton back. The image is printed on the front and the back is white. Tassels all around the edge complete the look.

They are pretty cool - here are some examples of my silk paintings printed on the round towels. You can find these and many more in my online Print Shop. You'll never lose your towel among the multitudes on the beach with these unique designs!


You can also get regular rectangular beach towels (32 x 64 in.) and beach sheets (37 x 74 in. ) too. Same fabric as the round ones -


And for carrying all your stuff, grab a Weekender tote bag! I love these - very stylish with a 1" rope cord handle that goes over your shoulder. The tote is made from soft, poly-poplin fabric and features double-stitched seams for added durability.   At 16" x 24", they can hold lots!


There are all kinds of other items that you can get adorned with my artwork -  art prints, greeting cards, phone cases,  throw pillows,  bath towels, t-shirts and even battery chargers! Check them all out at http://www.deborahyounglao.com/prints/

My Art on Your Tote Bag!

Fine Art America keeps coming up with new products to display images of artists' work. You can now get images of my silk paintings as tote bags, available in my online Print Shop.

The info on their website reads, "Our tote bags are made from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric and include a 1" black strap for easy carrying on your shoulder.   All seams are double-stitched for added durability.   Each tote bag is machine-washable in cold water and is printed on both sides.¨

I got one to check them out - they really are sturdy and the print looks great!

Totes come in three square sizes: 13", 16" and 18".

My 18" tote bag, printed with Croton Series I

Here are 9 of my other faves:


Pretty cool, huh? Don't forget you can also get prints of my silk paintings as framed or frame-ready art prints, greeting cards, phone cases and throw pillows in my Print Shop!