Jul 272020
 

Zentangles and Mandala Design

Zentangles and mandalas are both forms of art doodling, with mandalas being more structured/mathematical/geometrical than zentangles.

The Zentangles and Mandala Design class meets on Tuesdays, 1.30-3pm at Lower Eltham Cricket Club.

Says Lyn Colenso, erstwhile tutor of the group: “Some people feel inadequate when it comes to art and shire away from it completely. The wonderful thing with zentangles and mandalas is that they are fabulous forms of doodling that anyone can learn how to do. Nothing is a mistake. Anyone can pick up the techniques easily and, in so doing, often get hooked in the process. It is so relaxing and therapeutic too.

Jul 262020
 

Michelle Rowsell, who has been a card maker for many years, is now incorporating her zentangles drawings into them. Here are a few examples.

        

Jul 062020
 

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the class has continued via email and led by Lyn Colenso. Lyn has now decided to step down as the tutor. From henceforth, the group will be coordinated by one of the longer-term students, Gayle Considine, aided by Roma O'Callaghan and Terry Spottiswood.

Throughout the last few years, Lyn has been both inspirational and encouraging ("there are no mistakes in zentangles!"), challenging the group's mandala accuracy and pattern creativity, and introducing new patterns every week.

Here is the leaving card that the group made for Lyn.

    

May 252020
 

Below are two more productions, by Terry Spottiswood (left) and Helen Bardsley (right). Helen's features a pattern known as Rick’s Paradox because it consists only of straight lines which nevertheless create spirals – a bit tricky to learn but most effective! Some of the students are now exploring 3D patterns!

    

Apr 252020
 

A number of our artists came up with the idea of rainbow themes to honour all the courageous kind people who have given up their lives for us. Lest we forget.

    

Apr 242020
 

By Helen Bardsley, Michelle Rowsell, Pam Siostrom, Roma O’Callaghan and Terry Spottiswood.

Mar 302020
 
by Gayle Considine by Terri Spottiswood by Terri Spottiswood
by Michelle Rowsell by Michelle Rowsell by Michelle Rowsell
Mar 252020
 

Our Zentangles class is staying connected during the coronavirus crisis via email and sending their masterpieces to each other.

Here are some new beautiful manadalas by Roma O’Callaghan.

  

Mar 102020
 

Here are some of the recent creations by brand new students Michelle Rowsell and Wendy Manison plus ‘old timers’ Terri Spottiswood and Terry Beaton. I (Lyn) am very proud of them. I never cease to be amazed about how each of the students have their own unique style.

Mandala by Terri Spottiswood Zentangle by Wendy Manison Zentangle by Michelle Rowsell
 
Zentangle by Michelle Rowsell Bookmark by Terry Beaton  
Nov 012019
 

Zentangles are a whole lot of different patterns drawn into spaces of different shapes. Our tutor, Lyn Colenso, teaches some new patterns each week, and we include them in pictures or shapes. There’s a preference for hand drawn lines and, as Lyn says, “nothing is a mistake – just turn it into a zentangle“.

Pictured is an example mandala design by me. Just look at the patterns in each space (don’t look too hard, there’s some sloppy work here!). It’s much easier than it looks – give it try! I was amazed that I could be so ‘arty’! I find that I can doodle away in the loungeroom while my hubby is watching the tele. I’ve since used zentangles to create original birthday cards and gifts based on names, scenes, pictures or mandalas.

Feel free to come and join us – we have fun being inspired by each other’s use of the patterns in different ways. If I can do it, anyone can!

 

Here are a few more photos to show people what Zentangles art is about.