Come Digitally Zentangle Using Seamless Lite

Come Digitally Zentangle Using Seamless Lite


Zentangle has been trending for some years now and many people choose to "tangle" for meditation and relaxation, just as most COLOURlovers utilize the palette and pattern tools on the site as a way of relaxing and meditating.

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What I see a lot on COLOURlovers.com is that many people shy far away from using Seamless Lite after dabbling for a few, deeming it way too difficult to master. Mostly, and this is just my opinion, but well mostly because they compare themselves to the crazy-good pattern designs by veteran citizens of COLOURlovers.

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Let me remind you... take a big breath and a big step back. Let's start over...

Here's the news people... yes, yes these kind-hearted artists are totally talented. But did it just happen that they opened up Seamless Lite and were Michelangelo in a day? No, of course not! So you'd be silly to think,"I'm Presto Perfect!" after 5-minutes or even 5-hours fiddling with Seamless Lite.

Seamless is actually pretty easy to use, once you learn the ropes (if you are new here and need an in-depth intro to Seamless, see a video here on our YouTube Channel). Drawing shapes and putting together repeat-patterns is totally an aspect of digital Zentangle without the complications of learning (or purchasing) design software such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

Seamless is simple and to the point, not to mention it comes with an entire supportive and artistic community you can share your work with.

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Remember, Zentangle is a personal art form. It does not have to be perfect. While you can achieve a more precise line-work by using this digital method of Seamless Lite, Zentangle is traditionally a hand-drawn technique, so take that in to consideration before you go all OCD on connecting points, center points and alignment.

Let's get started with making a shape, something short and easy... then I will be going over using a grid to help you get a sense of space, alignment and design direction with your templates.... then we will continue to work on shapes and more.

Create a "Wishbomb" Shape:

Making and Using Custom Grids for Design Layout:

I find that making your own base layer grid and then saving it as a shape to re-use can greatly help line things up a bit more precise.

Note: After making the next two video's, I felt that making a video specifically for Grids would be a good idea. The next video semi-introduces making a grid as well.

Make a Grid to Create a Consistent Geometric Pattern (then delete the grid):

Re-Use the Grid in a Circle Zentangle Pattern:

I want to show you how to now reuse the grid shape you should have created if you'd followed the last video (above) and to develop a new pattern form with the grid as a guide.

Examples & Inspiration: Grid-Based Designs:

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Now let's Create A Vine:

Never used Seamless Lite Before? Get up to speed!

Just a reminder, if you have no idea what I am doing in some of these area's of using Seamless Lite, you can watch the video introduction on this at your leisure HERE. This covers a complete anatomy of the web application itself and is a more in-depth tutorial with voice-over (not a high-speed musical).

Let's Tangle Next Week! We'll be covering Outlining, Shading and Adding Detail...

If you absolutely cannot wait until next week, I will be working on and uploading these video's over the weekend to our COLOURlovers YouTube Channel, join me there to get a jumpstart!

  • *Advanced Grids for More Technical Layouts
  • * Add Design Elements to Your Basic Grid Designs
  • *Make Simple Look Complex
  • *Outlining Tricks
  • *Shading Tricks 

 

Is there something you are wanting me to cover, but haven't seen it yet? Please comment to put in a request. I'm more than happy to accommodate.

 

**Copy + Paste the Badge below if you have a design you want to know how to make, be realistic. ;)


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Thanks for this post. Coincidentally, the next thing I was going to do as far as template making was make a grid. (I want my design to go to the edge without going over and without have to re-size Everything when I realized I guessed wrong about the size!) So, your videos were perfect for that. I watched the 'using the grid', 're-using the grid', and 'making the grid' videos.
(You are exactly right that some of us (I) look at some of the templates here and say 'Fuggetaboutit' before we start. Some designs seem so complex...Beautiful to color, but headache-inducing to figure out how they Did that.)
I have a book by Reader's Digest--Crafts & Hobbies--from 1979 that, among many other things, tells how to make quilt patterns. My mini-goal is to make the Baby Block quilt pattern (which is very similar to the template by EGOYST that is featured in the Symea pattern above).
I'm looking forward to the other videos! (Especially the shading and outlining.)
I love zentangle, i have a couple books and have made phones cases for friends with cool tangle patterns. I have tried them in Seamless before, so OBVIOUSLY now I must try more :D
Totally Zentangle. ♥
Doodle_mixup
Love this series! Thanks for the insight, Molly!
I think I want to learn more about Zentangle, especially 'cause I love to doodle. =D
Team
Terrific! You should it's really fun. I find it adds focus to using Seamless Lite > when I want to use it but not sure where to start, I go look up patterns.

a.f.zamosa wrote:
Love this series! Thanks for the insight, Molly!
I think I want to learn more about Zentangle, especially 'cause I love to doodle. =D
Team
I am so glad you are enjoying this! :)
I am working to release the next one for Friday....



Ifihadapaintcan wrote:
Thanks for this post. Coincidentally, the next thing I was going to do as far as template making was make a grid. (I want my design to go to the edge without going over and without have to re-size Everything when I realized I guessed wrong about the size!) So, your videos were perfect for that. I watched the 'using the grid', 're-using the grid', and 'making the grid' videos.
(You are exactly right that some of us (I) look at some of the templates here and say 'Fuggetaboutit' before we start. Some designs seem so complex...Beautiful to color, but headache-inducing to figure out how they Did that.)
I have a book by Reader's Digest--Crafts & Hobbies--from 1979 that, among many other things, tells how to make quilt patterns. My mini-goal is to make the Baby Block quilt pattern (which is very similar to the template by EGOYST that is featured in the Symea pattern above).
I'm looking forward to the other videos! (Especially the shading and outlining.)
Team
The next Zentangle post will be for Friday! A big FYI ---- I am going out of town completely until Monday (starting tomorrow morning). I have a 200+ mile running race I am doing with a team and will not have much service. :)

So in case anyone is needing me, I'll be a bit MIA.
A 200+ mile run....you have got to be kidding, Molly! How in the world?!
Team
It's a team effort. :) I have 3 runs within that 200+ miles. Mine total up to around 18-20 miles overall. :) It's good to be back running again! :D

OrigamiMei wrote:
A 200+ mile run....you have got to be kidding, Molly! How in the world?!
Team
I did actually get a post up for today! FYI. On botanical design! :) see the next blog post!
Thank you so much for this article. I do love to make patterns and then turn them in to tangle steps for handdrawing. I do hope the don't get too upset at zentangle® HQ because their methode is mainly designed for handdrawing. And they are known to make a big fuss about the use of the name.But i never mind to digitaly tangle any pattern and I am really thankfull for these great tutorials.
Best pattern i made so far :
netting

and this is probably the worst but i still like it.
spinscribbles
Team
Great! well..... they can speak up if they have any issues... so far I don't believe I'm poaching on their parade. ;)

schojea wrote:
Thank you so much for this article. I do love to make patterns and then turn them in to tangle steps for handdrawing. I do hope the don't get too upset at zentangle® HQ because their methode is mainly designed for handdrawing. And they are known to make a big fuss about the use of the name.But i never mind to digitaly tangle any pattern and I am really thankfull for these great tutorials.
Best pattern i made so far :
netting

and this is probably the worst but i still like it.
spinscribbles
Team
mollybermea wrote:
Next in the series is live on the blog :)
http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/2015/06/18/zentangle-series-botanical-pattern-design-tips-tricks
ok, so my seamless lite seems a little "glitchy": when I try to move a point in fine increments, it jumps more than I want. Also, how do you delete shapes you have created? Meh, I have a feeling I'm going to stick with palettes, and colouring others' templates............
You can delete shapes by clicking the "edit shape" button on the right side below the shape (the same place where the edit/delete button is for the palettes).
Also, You Can Do It! The problem sometimes is that the template takes several seconds or several minutes to respond to what you are trying to do, and you may have to wait for it to catch up. I hope that helps.

a.f.zamosa wrote:
mollybermea wrote:
Next in the series is live on the blog :)
http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/2015/06/18/zentangle-series-botanical-pattern-design-tips-tricks
ok, so my seamless lite seems a little "glitchy": when I try to move a point in fine increments, it jumps more than I want. Also, how do you delete shapes you have created? Meh, I have a feeling I'm going to stick with palettes, and colouring others' templates............
Thank you this so so useful :) Thanks for the time you've put in these!!! Greatly appreciated ! :)
Team
Ahhhhhwww don't give up!

Sorry I was gone all weekend running in the mountains. :)

@ifihadapaintcan thanks for helping out.

I'll address this visually soon then.... gotta catch up from the weekend. at the moment
a.f.zamosa wrote:
mollybermea wrote:
Next in the series is live on the blog :)
http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/2015/06/18/zentangle-series-botanical-pattern-design-tips-tricks
ok, so my seamless lite seems a little "glitchy": when I try to move a point in fine increments, it jumps more than I want. Also, how do you delete shapes you have created? Meh, I have a feeling I'm going to stick with palettes, and colouring others' templates............
Team
good! :) thanks for the comment!
carocannibale wrote:
Thank you this so so useful :) Thanks for the time you've put in these!!! Greatly appreciated ! :)
Awesome ;) Thank you!
Ifihadapaintcan wrote:
You can delete shapes by clicking the "edit shape" button on the right side below the shape (the same place where the edit/delete button is for the palettes).
Also, You Can Do It! The problem sometimes is that the template takes several seconds or several minutes to respond to what you are trying to do, and you may have to wait for it to catch up. I hope that helps.

a.f.zamosa wrote:
mollybermea wrote:
Next in the series is live on the blog :)
http://www.colourlovers.com/blog/2015/06/18/zentangle-series-botanical-pattern-design-tips-tricks
ok, so my seamless lite seems a little "glitchy": when I try to move a point in fine increments, it jumps more than I want. Also, how do you delete shapes you have created? Meh, I have a feeling I'm going to stick with palettes, and colouring others' templates............
Ok, Ifihadapaintcan.......You talked me into it! I won't give up. As a matter of fact, I tried again re-making the grid and a few other things, and I managed to do it--success! Will load them into my shapes my next venture here on CL.
***Yes, Molly, I may not have sounded like it, but I too, REALLY enjoy the video series, and YES, when you have time, PLEASE POST MORE. The other Zentangle site, and your videos do inspire, and give me plenty of ideas!

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