Here is an interesting article from the Huffington post about adults who color. The relaxing focus that the article writes about is applicable to drawing Zentangle, Mandalas, and Celtic Knots as well.
Here is a snippet from the article
Coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. But it also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.”
For me, shading and coloring Zentangle Inspired Art is about more than creating beautiful art. Filling in space with color or pencil is very meditative. Watching a piece bloom with color is so gratifying. The results can be positively magical. Layering colors creates a beautiful depth that is so captivating to watch as it develops.
When my kids were young, they didn’t have coloring books. I didn’t object to them coloring, I just wanted them to draw their own lines. Coloring Zentangle Art, Mandalas and Celtic Knots which YOU draw gets the best of all worlds.
Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors
Add color to your Zentangle or Mandala or Celtic Knot artwork! Experiment!
Traditional methods of drawing these beautiful forms rely on a system developed by Iain Bain of connecting dots in grids. I have tried and failed to master this system many, many times. Furthermore, I am a “freeform” kind of gal, and have been trying to find a method of drawing these figures that could be used for more random, spontaneous figures.
A few years ago, I happened across a book by George Bain, and was struck by the simplicity of his methods. He basically sets out a string and draws auras on in all of the spaces, and around the outside. He then connects the auras with a system of bridges, that alternately go “over” and “under”. I have a little Minitutorial that demonstrates this technique.
But I was still unsatisfied. Getting the bridges to line up and the auras to be perfectly spaced to give the appearance of a smooth continuous cord was very frustrating. It was hard to develop a rhythm while drawing the aurae, as the spaces can be small and irregular.
I kept at it, and I have found some tricks and methods that are much more satisfying to use when drawing knots. The results are much better, and its easy to get into a “flow” once the techniques are practiced. I am teaching these in the “Taste of Celtic Knots” class, where we explore several methods of drawing knots, and practice making increasingly more complex knots, such as these:
2 String Celtic Knot
And for the intrepid….
3 String Celtic Knot
As in Zentangle, these designs look complex, and intimidating. Once you learn the system though, and have the “AHA” moment, a whole new world opens up!
This class is the first in a series of three, where we will also explore Freeform Celtic Knot Design and the Art of the Knot, finding ways to make these designs even more artful and elegant.