I spend so much time on the Zentangle quilt labels that I like to give them their own post. Learning to do Zentangling has taught me more than how to doodle/draw but the Zentangle system really speaks to the project manager in me to break down any overwhelming task into smaller, manageable steps. It's because of Zentangling that I was able to take on the big mosaic wall and some of my quilting projects.
Because this blank page really intimidates me and every single time I start one I have a moment where I almost stop and just print a simple label. But I go back to the Zentangle method and start with the tangle.
The tangle is the basic structure and I often look to Google and my books for tangle ideas. I got the heart label tangle from Zentangle that I saw on Google. My tangle/structure for this label came from my favorite book: 500 Tangled Artworks. I liked this one a lot and it became the basis for my tangle.
I penciled in a vertical structure on the left side, a rainbow shape and something curvy at the end of the rainbow. Now I had a starting point and I can start looking for element ideas from the books and web.
I decided that my rainbow would have 3 bands and that was important for the vertical element. I wanted one band to come into the frond that I chose for the vertical.
Then I added the fluff on the right and the rainbow bands.
Starting the rainbow elements.
At this point all of the basic elements are done. From here I'm usually pretty relaxed about it and starrt having fun adding details. From here it's hard to make myself stop.
Better but not done yet.
It needed something on the bottom. I'm not overly thrilled with what I did but I don't hate it and Zntangling is as much about the process as the product. I just go where these take me and this is where I went. But is it done?
Now it's done!
I worked on this over 2 evenings and once I got started it was actually very relaxing to work on it.
Here it is stitched on the back of the quilt.
I thank/blame my sister-in-law for teaching me to Zentangle for getting me into a situation where my quilt labels are no longer simple printed labels. I really enjoy the challenge of Zentangle but it's not something I'd just sit down and do. I'm not a random doodler. I wish I was, but I'm not. I need purpose and quilt labels seemed a fine purpose. You can see all of the ones I've done in my Zentangle Gallery. The next one was the label for the wedding quilt and I needed to get it done because the quilt will be gifted this Friday!
I start my labels the same way every time. I print the text on paper (2 or 3 copies to allow for starting over). Then I pencil in the "tangle". The tangle is the backbone of the design. Honestly, I get a lot of my tangle ideas from Google. In this case I Googled "zentangle heart" and saw one done with this shape and started with that.
The next step is the hardest and that's picking the first design! My favorite source is the Tangle Patterns web site. Their patterns are grouped by name so I randomly pick a letter and go to that section and make myself pick a pattern from that section.
I just kept going like that until it was done and I love the finished design. Sometimes doing these stresses me out a little but I'm always happy with the finish. I think it makes the quilt just a timy bit more special.
I finished the Rainbow Quilt weeks ago but hadn't done the label yet. I have to deliver the quilt this weekend so it was time to get it done. Normally, that should not be a big deal but a few years ago I started doing Zentangle labels so they take a little longer. Here's how I made the one for Ashley's Rainbow Quilt.
Ashley is my nephew's new wife and I decided that this quilt would be hers. Every time I think about the Rainbow Quilt I think about the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Since my nephew graduated in a music program I thought to put the music theme in the label. He played trombone so I found the sheet music for the trombone for Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
I start my labels by printing the text on paper and then drawing around it. I do a lot in pencil before I totally commit to the design.
I played around with some ideas for the bass clef and settled, more or less, on this.
Time to put pen to paper.
It's been way too many years since I learned to read and play music so if there's anything wrong with this please don't tell me. This is supposed to be the part that goes "and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true"
I just continue to add elements until it feels done.
A few ribbons and dots and I was done. I printed it on fabric and now it's stitched on the quilt and ready for delivery.
I am continuing my ice pack regime and my knee is getting better. Aside from doing squats and burpees, driving and sewing are the worst activities for it. Tomorrow I'm teaching at Visarts so Chris is going to take me and spend a couple of house in Carytown while my class is going on.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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