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.
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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.