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.

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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Author: Molly Bermea
Hi! I'm the COLOURlovers Community Curator. I come from a family with five imaginative kids. My mom instilled creativity to the max and you can usually find us scheming together, figuring out new ways to sew, craft or build DIY projects. The core of my artistic bone is in the art of painting.