My tangle for Day 1 of the Inktober Tangles 2019 Challenge

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I’m thrilled to be doing this Challenge and it’s the first year I’ve taken part. One of the reasons this Challenge appeals to me is that it makes me do something creative every day which I can share with like-minded people. The idea of doing something small and spontaneous every day will also help me to shake off my perfectionism.

Inktober is an online event where artists all over the world challenge themselves by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

The finished tangle for Day 1 of the Challenge using the “Printemps” tangle pattern

How I did my tangle for Day 1

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I’m going through a watercolour stage at the moment so knew I was going to use this medium for my tangles. First, I tested out the colours. These are Koh-i-noor watercolours which I use in the studio with my students.

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I’m doing the Challenge in a small watercolour sketchbook I purchased from my local “Dollars and Sense” shop for $2.00. It’s 5 x 7 inches so I’m doing two daily tangles to a page. It’s not top quality paper but perfect for quick spontaneous artworks.

I painted a round puddle of watercolours using greens and blues and allowed them to blend together and do their own thing without much planning.

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When the puddle of watercolour was dry, the lighter section reminded me of a tree so I decided to draw this in outline with my pen.

True zentangles do not represent anything so my art is more zentangle-inspired as I like to incorporate organic forms found in nature.

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Time to tangle and the pattern for Day 1 of the Challenge is “Printemps” which you can see being drawn in steps at Tanglepatterns.com

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After adding all of the patterns I then drew lots of tiny branches for the tree out to the edge of the circle. This was not thought out before-hand and very impromptu which is why I’m enjoying this Challenge so much.

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The final tangle which I’m very pleased with and it was so much fun to do!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my process and I’ll be continuing to share my daily tangles with you throughout the Inktober Tangles 2019 Challenge. If you love to colour and tangle why not do the Challenge yourself? To find out more visit the Group on Facebook.

My tangle for Day 1 of the Inktober Tangles 2019 Challenge. Having so much fun with these tangles. #inktober #inktobertangles #inktobertangles2019 #zentangle
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I have been an art teacher for over 20 years and now teach extra-curricular art to children in my home studio. As well as producing my own fine art and gifts in my online shops I provide art and craft resources to all creatives and teachers.

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