- Smooth stones
- Acrylic paints
- Artist's pens (I used this set of pens which I like because it contains different pen tips and 3 colors of ink - black, brown and gray.) (Note: since the date of this post, I now prefer Pigma Micron pens for use on rocks.)
|Pro Art Artists Pens - Set of 8|
- Zentangle patterns (If you're new to the Zentangle method, "Joy of Zentangle" has simple explanations and step-by-step patterns.)
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How I Tangled the Stones
First, I primed the rocks with white, acrylic paint.
|Stones primed with white, acrylic paint|
Based on the shape of this stone, I chose the Ammon Zentangle pattern from the "Joy of Zentangle" book and drew it with the black artist pen. I chose a darker blue acrylic to paint the shapes within the sections of the tangle.
To add a little dimension, I used the gray pen from the Artist Pens 8-piece set and outlined the black swirl.
I painted three more stones but this time I did not thin the acrylic paint with water.
I combined all four Zentangle patterns on one stone and used the black and gray artist pens on a white background.
I enjoy painting tangles on stones after I've painted a detailed rock. It's a relaxing way to prepare for my next rock painting project and allows me to be creative in a simple way.
- Smooth stones are best
- Micron pens are normally used when creating tangles on paper. I find the fine, metal tips of these pens can scratch the acrylic paint from the rock and the pen's tip can be damaged by the rock
- Use a pattern which works well with the shape of your stone
- Don't worry about being perfect. Incorporate any mistakes into the design
- Do not seal your rocks with brush-on sealers when using artists pens or Sharpies. Most times the ink will bleed and your beautiful creation will be ruined. Learn about my spray-on sealer preference
- Joy of Zentangle - Drawing Your Way to Increased Creativity, Focus, and Well-Being
- Zentangle® untangled
- Doodles, Tangles and Patterns Pinterest Board
- Learn more about Zentangle®
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