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In the mood to doodle today?

....if not..... pretty soon you will be..because there is nothing more relaxing and calming then taking a pen and just repeating patterns. I am sure each one of you  have done that at some point or the other..in a classroom bored by a lecture, at meetings, chatting away on the phone...in fact most of my notebooks used to have some form of doodling on the last page and I would go home and show "that" to my mom instead of  showing her actual school work!

Doodling ..so common, so natural  is now regarded as an art form, yes..you can find  books  with tangle patterns , kits sold to get you started and of course, it has an official name too-Zentangle! Since I still do what I have been doing all these years and not really following a pattern, I prefer to call my work -Zendoodle.

I especially love to Zendoodle since it requires very few basic supplies to get started..pen and paper..that's all !.....unless of course you want to get to the next level and color in or sell or gift it, where you would then want to use archival ink to keep your artwork from any fading or damage.

This is the reason I use Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens , they contain waterproof India Ink  which is just perfect if you want to color over them, as I have done on my sample today. Having used other pens before which seem  to overwhelm me  with their strong smell, I have come to really appreciate  these odorless pens, and of course most important,they don't bleed or fade!

Here is my piece of work for today, hopefully by the time you reach the end of this post , you would have reached for a pen too!

I did two versions ..one the traditional black and white and another all color..

A step by step tutorial.......


Start with a piece of watercolor paper, mark your corners and divide the paper loosely , be free no need tor fret over crooked lines..remember we are talking Zen here!

Try to draw a different pattern in each section


I have used different sized  nibs to draw and color to achieve some visual interest.

Here is a closer look before  I started coloring.



Here I have used Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

I picked color with a damp brush directly from the pencil  and used it as a base coat and then went over a couple of sections with some Stamper Big Brush pens


So have  you have reached for the pen ..??



Watercolor paper,

Pitt Artist Pens- Black

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils-





Stampers Big brush pens


Swarup Murthy I am a self taught watercolorist and a  trained textile designer . Over  the last 20 years I have  learned how to blend them both and bring that into my Papercrafting. I have been scrapbooking and card making for more than a  decade now and immensely enjoy creating these mini masterpieces as I like to call them. I consider every card I create to be  a miniature piece of art and  usually favor a clean and simple style in my card making..and  enjoy a bolder look in  my  Art journals. I enjoy photography and love to travel.

I  blog  as Sanketi and love sharing my work with others. I  have been published in Designed to color magazine , Simply Handmade and Cards Magazines.



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Love zentangle/doodle my very first art journal page ever was created using my very first zentangle ever lol

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