Monday 19 February 2018

Zentangle Card: Smile!

I was asked to run a one hour craft session in school for rewards afternoon at the end of term and decided to use the opportunity to aid the pupils to relax and unwind. By adding doodles and patterns to stamped images while quiet music played in the background we had a mindful session and they each had a topper to take home with them.  I am not a qualified Zentangle teacher and do not claim to be an expert.  I have several of the excellent books by Suzanne McNeill (who is a certified Zentangle teacher) and took them into school with me for the pupils to look through, as well as some examples of previous cards that I have made using doodling and zentangle patterns (see HERE, HERE and HERE).  While the pupils were doodling I also worked on a topper, which I later made into a card as you will see.

I had stamped the Smile stamp (Woodware) onto a piece of smooth stamping card measuring 14.8cm x 10.5cm (A6) using Onyx Black Versafine ink.
I used a fine black micron pen to divide the letter S into sections and to add doodling and zentangle patterns into each section.  The top two patterns and the bottom pattern are all from entangle Basics (Book 1).
At home, I stamped an additional sentiment from the same Woodware stamp set along the bottom to finish the topper.
To provide a background, I cut a piece of Sheena's stamping card to 20cm x 13.8cm and embossed it using the Sunbeam embossing folder by Crafter's Companion.
This was coloured using Black Soot Distress Oxide, spritzed with water and dried.  I ended up using the reverse side of the embossing.
Once matted onto a piece of black paper (20.5cm x 14.3cm), the topper was added to an A5 landscape card (A4 linen card folded in half).
The Smile topper was also matted onto black and added using foam pads for extra dimension.

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