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Zentangle + Watercolor = A Healing Therapy

zentangle and watercolour for kids and adults

I’ve written here before about how much zentangle heals my mind. And now, during my pregnancy, I cannot emphasize enough how much it soothes my spirits and helps me find my centre. I’ve done quite a bit of zentangle in the past few months but wasn’t able to share those with you. Today, I want to share one that I loved making for the fact that I did this zentangle on watercolors. There’s something magical about watercolors more than any other paint. The way watercolors lends a soft, dreamy and fluid feel to an art makes my heart skip a beat.

This combination of watercolor and zentangle is perfect (and easy) for children to try as well. Check out my zentangle art and explore some links and ideas…

So, to make this, I started out painting (more like ‘playing’!) with cake-based watercolor. I was in a mood for the hues of the sea or the ocean. Hence, various shades of blue – sea-green, turquoise etc. I basically did wet-on-wet, which means I overlapped the next colour on the previous one while it was still wet. Here’s an easy demonstration of the wet-on-wet watercolor technique.

zentangle on water colour

I kind of liked the whole canvas covered in abstract watercolor in hues of the under-water world. But, was tempted to do something more, and that’s when I decided to doodle some zentangle into it.

zentangle art plus water color

With a permanent black gel pen, I doodled away some sea creatures and vegetation. This was the only pen that was in my sight at that time. Otherwise, I’d have used the Sukura micro pens – those are perfect for zentangling.

zentangle with wet on wet water color

Pari and her friend Ananya often sit together to do zentangle at our home. And they ask me to show some of my work to take inspiration from. I’ve seen how peaceful and calm they feel when they’re doing this together.

colorful zentangle

In an old post about zentangle, I’d shared many zentangle resources for adults as well as children. You can check that page out and  I recommend you to check these pages too, below.

– A spray painted background for a zendala – that is – a zentangle mandala. It’s beautiful, whimsical and fun.

– A nice video tutorial on how to incorporate color – sharpie (sketch pens as we call in India) and watercolor into zentangle. Would be really fun for kids.

– My friend Himadri’s art blog. Her zentangle artwork with coloured ink is a treat for the eyes.

– A gorgeous example of how you can incorporate zentangle and paint into your art journal.

Talking about art journals, here’s a post I did last year about what art journaling is and how it can inspire kids to express themselves in words and art.

Whoa! Looking at all this, I feel there’s so much to do and so little done. Life is an expedition, isn’t it. Let’s keep exploring all those colourful adventures! (On this note, I want to tell you that tomorrow I’ll be traveling to Kashmir. And, my next post will most likely be from there. Gosh, I can’t wait to soak in the heavenly beauty of the Chinar trees, the shikaras, the floating vegetable market on the Dal lake.)

water colour zentangle for kids

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  • Jeanette Nyberg July 4, 2013, 3:10 am

    These are so beautiful- I’m inspired to try it!

  • Deb Prewitt July 6, 2013, 8:01 pm

    very nicely done. I have been playing with more color with Zentangle as well and am finding it quite fun to do!

  • Cheena September 10, 2013, 1:44 pm

    I love getting ‘entangled’!! It’s such an amazing way to unwind. I often let the tangles lead me through, my art is mostly free form and playful. I love to promote art journalling and tangles…can’t seem to have enough of it!