Check out the October 2013 issue of Inspiration Monthly. Inside we’ve got an awesome miniature pumpkin tutorial, Ilysa’s Ding-Dong, the Witch is Dead necklace- inspired by the Wizard of Oz, falling houses, and curly toes, as well as featured artists and links to other fabulous resources, tutorials, and articles!
One Zentangle a Day was written by Beckah Krahula, a certified Zentangle trainer, and published by Quarry Books. This book is a wonderful representation of the variety of artistic options that are available to pursue with the art of Zentangle.
The book begins with a through description of what Zentangle is and how it became an art form that not only has become very popular, but also certified within a specific format. Beckah then goes into a quite through description of the tools used to create Zentangle art, from a variety of pens, pencils, markers, paints and more, into various forms of paper. There are very through descriptions of each item and quite a few photos of the items.
Each day You are given a materials list, three patterns to learn, and examples of completed artwork using those patterns. It is a fun and easy way for beginners to start learning. There are 42 days worth of patterns and projects to complete each building upon the skills learned on previous days. Beckah Krahula presents artwork from a variety of artists in a nice gallery section at the end of the book.
There are things about Zentangle that I don’t like, the certification aspect, the limitation of official Zentangle to tiles, and the eleven-step process listed throughout the book. Although, I am someone who can learn what I like from Zentangle, and leave what I don’t like. If you are like me, then that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look into Zentangle, or purchase this book. You can still learn a whole lot. Then again, there are other people who prefer to follow prescribed methods, like the steps and the mediation aspect, and like to have their art fall under the certified category and if that is you, this book is definitely for you!
When I was asked to review this book, I had to ask myself “What is the one thing that is most important to people who are thinking about buying this book?” What I thought would be the most important question to answer for you is, “Is this book worth paying for when there is so much free information on the internet regarding Zentangle, and my answer, (after working through the book), is a resounding, “Yes!” Even if you are someone who has dabbled in this art form before, there is so much information in this book regarding tools, shading, and working with color that it is definitely worth the investment. It is literally like taking a course in Zentangle in the privacy of your own home and at your convenience. I highly recommend this book. So give Zentangle, or Zentangle Inspired Art a try!
Look what just came in, our new book! So excited. Its not available in stores until next month but you can find it on Amazon now.
Its official our new book cover for our book Polymer Clay Art Jewelry, How to Make Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects with New Techniques is due out in September of 2013. You can read more about it on Amazon and don’t forget to pre order and save big!
Check out this bracelet made by Annie from our Design Team- she created it and talks more about it in this blog post.