Create Your Own Tangle Art Design: Pottery

(This tutorial was previously published in the book Creative Tangle: Creating Your Own Patterns for Zen-Inspired Art by Trish Reinhart, copyright 2014; republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

Tangle Art Design Exercise: Pottery

by Trish Reinhart

I was intrigued by a few pottery pieces I have in my kitchen and living room. Just think, I never even looked at the patterns on fabrics in my closet! There are so many objects to get the creative juices flowing it’ll blow your mind. So just stick to the less complicated ones. Now, back to the pottery. Again, we’ll draw out a border and a full pattern. I combined a couple different areas on the kitchen piece to form the border shown.

Cannisters

Materials

  • Bristol board
  • .05 black Sakura Pigma Micron pen
  • 2B pencil

Find the Shapes

shapes
Find the basic shapes in the pottery. I see a triangle, a circle and curved lines.

Create the Pattern

pattern
Begin by drawing four lines, leaving 1″ (25mm) between the two middle lines. Add the triangle shapes and half circles along the edges. Add small circles to the outer triangle shapes and insert the curved lines between them. Finish by inking over the pencil lines with a .05 black Micron pen.

Mandala

Pottery lid
The top of the canister reminds me of a mandala (a circular design, divided into separate sections, containing graphic and often symbolic patterns). If you combine a mandala with a Zentangle, you get a zendala.

Zendala

zendala
Here is an example of a zendala I drew based on the lid of the pottery piece. I drew the handle and edges almost exactly as they appear on the lid. I created a starburst effect beyond the handle and edged the center section with swirled lines.

(This tutorial was previously published in the book Creative Tangle: Creating Your Own Patterns for Zen-Inspired Art by Trish Reinhart, copyright 2014; republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

T0396_CM_CreativeTangle.inddFor more information or to purchase a copy of Creative Tangle by Trish Reinhart, visit NorthLightShop.com.

Learn more about Trish Reinhart in her Artist Profile.

 

 

 

 

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Stixnstonez Step 4_150Stixnstonez Zentangle pattern from The Zentangle® Untangled Workbook by Kass Hall.

 

 

 

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