In the Craft Room 22nd March 2014 – The Art of Zentangle – Lesson 4

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We are starting to  build up quite a collection of tiles now and have nearly filled our sketch books with the tangle patterns Jenna has taught us so far.

This week Jenna added the following patterns to our collection, Zinger, Jetties, Zedbra, Phicops, Angel fish, Punzel, Bask and Y-ful (all of which are official tangles and the step outs can be found on,just so we would have a bit more pattern choice for this weeks projects.

The home work Jenna set for us last week was to provide some kind of Zentangle inspired art work, using what we had learnt to date, so that this week she could show us  how to mount, display and apply borders to our art work.

We could just use some of the tiles we had already completed,


Design a special set of tiles, Diane’s son is getting married shortly and she has decided to make them a special wedding gift

IMAG0656 If you look carefully you will see that she has incorporated a letter into each of the tiles to spell the word HOME, this is a lovely idea and will make a beautiful gift.

For our third option Jenna introduced us to Ben Kwok and his Facebook group Ornation Creation. Ben is an amazing artist and he also designs templates for people to use.

Here you can see what Jenna has done with Ben’s tiger template

IMAG0659 Its not bad is it?

Jackie was brave enough to decide to have a go at a couple of Ben Kwok templates and chose a Mandala template to start with (Mandalas are not easy as they are a symmetrical pattern)which is shown below, and considering she has only being doing this for 3 weeks I think she has done an amazing job

IMAG0658I think detail and shading she has a achieved is so good.

Now how to display our work

If we start with the tiles, one easy way to display your tiles is just to put them into plastic coaster cases (which you can pick up very easily on e-bay for about £1.00 each or less). You can put 2 in each one, make a great present and  are a talking point at parties too.


If you look back at Diane’s tiles you can see that she has rounded the corners off and mounted them onto black card card (perfect layers come in handy for this).

Jenna then showed us how to put a border around our art work. The measurements for this will depend on what you are going to use, whether it be a picture frame or a card.

For a picture frame you need the mark the centre of your background card (so you can centre your tiles if using) and also mark the outline of the inside edge of the picture frame. This will be the outside edge of your border.


The lines are a bit faint but I think you will get the idea from this. Jackie has picked 4 of her previous tiles,  mounted them onto black and is going to frame them in a 12″ x 12″ frame. She marked the inside edge of the frame and then measured the width she wanted her border to be. As you can see she has made a start on filling in her border and hopefully will complete it next week so I can show you the finished result.

You can do the same with your Zentangled art creations too, or as Jenna has done with a lot of her art work and just use a simple clip frame

Jenna also showed us how you can just mount 1 tile onto a card and put a border around that too.

IMAG0661Here she has used a 7″ x 7″ card blank, and just measured and marked a border around the the card, leaving space for her mounted tile in the middle. Again you could do what Diane has done and incorporate a letter into the tile for some  ones initial or a number

Everyone now knows what they are wanting to do and will be frame hunting during the week so that they can complete their art work projects at our last Zentangle class next week.

I have chosen a Ben Kwok template of a pair of sea horses which I keep looking at and am still trying to pluck up the courage to start. I will let you know how I get on (if I get on)


With our coffee break this week I made another  group favourite, Lemon and poppyseed cupcakes

IMAG0448These always go down well, nice and tangy and refreshing


You can see more of Jenna’s art work on her blog, and all the tangle patterns mentioned, and many more, can be found on . If any one would like to have a go this is a great place to start.

Thank you for reading and have a good week


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