Fun with Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA)

by Tennessee Artist and Illustrator Chris Ousley in Ousley's Art Blog
 I took a Zentangle class a few weeks ago at Jerry’s Artarama in Nashville TN. I never heard of Zentangle before but got hooked right away. Here are a few things I have done after the class.
 So much fun as I never know what will appear. I draw a pattern, shape or object and new vision appear. Flappers, jets, creatures, snakes, fashion, seashells, flowers, music, tubes, perspective, dreams…anything may appear in these improvisations. Who knows? Visit and get started creating your own. Addicting. A lot of times I listen to some some of my favorite music when doing these. More detailed works I do at my drawing table, while others I so sitting at the couch. I did a couple at the waiting room at the Doctor’s office. Made time fly.
 Micron Pens, Uniball Pens and Sharpies are good to have along with your pencil. I like using my old school dip pens also. I am pretty used to those. Metallic Gel Pens are cool too. I have some metallic gold and silver calligraphic ink I use. I used it in “Beautiful Galatea” It does not show up well in the scan, but it looks cool reflecting the light on the original.
  You local Nashville area people, Zentangle classes are offered at Jerry’s Artarama in Antioch! 

Beautiful Galatea


Wine and Pearls

Pryda and Lyca 

 The following are some couch potato and waiting room stuff in my Strathmore sketchbook.
Sandy Steen Bartholomew has some great books on Zentangle. “Totally Tangled” and “Yoga For The Brain” are two I have purchased. The above egg shaped checked shape design was drawn from her book. You will get a lot from her books. Go purchase them.

 Practice in your sketchbooks, looks at other’s works online. You will see stuff that you can use in your own art. Take a motif and improvise!