Thursday, July 26, 2012

Zentangle in Motion

Not only is this my 20th blog post, but this is also the first video I've posted! I made this nearly a year ago, and I posted it on Facebook for my friends to enjoy. They're really the only ones who have seen it, so this is the first time it's been available to the Zentangle community at large! The video illustrates the process of creating a Zentangle, from pencil dots and string to inking and shading - and back again. Utilizing 974 photos, it took over 6 hours to produce! I hope you enjoy it!

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                                         Music: Kevin Macleod - incompetech.com

Update 9/3/12:
After hearing about several people's struggles with getting this video to play on an iPad, I decided to upload it to Youtube so it would be more widely accessible. Here's a link:

http://youtu.be/XycPlF2LepA






64 comments:

  1. That was awesome! It brightened my day:)

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  2. That was really fun! I learned a lot just watching your shading technique! :) Sounds like it was a lot of work to make. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. A fair amount of work - one thing that saved a lot of work was having a rotating clipboard. I taped the clipboard to the table, and then I could rotate the surface to turn my tile, and rotate it right back into position for the photo. Very handy!

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  3. Zach - that was a great video. Thank you for sharing your work. Looking forward to the next one.

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    1. I'm going to have to think about what to do next! Glad you like it.

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  4. Brilliant - I too learnt about shading.
    Paula (PEP)
    You made me smile too - I keep finding people in blogland who know Him.

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    1. So happy that it's useful for learning in addition to the entertainment value I created it for! Isn't it nice to find like-minded folks on the web?

      To God be the glory!

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  5. Amazing covered with awesome sauce!!!! Great job!

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    1. As long as I can tangle into the awesome sauce with my fork...or are we at a restaurant that discourages tangling with liquids left on the plate? Either way, thanks! :-)

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  6. Thanks for sharing I appreciate your hard work.

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  7. Perfect. Thanks for all the effort! So glad to have discovered you today, thanks to Rick and Maria. Like, Paula (commenter above) I am so encouraged to find folks who seek and serve God! ♥

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    1. You're welcome! I'm thankful to find other Christian tanglers too.

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  8. Love it. It helps us struggling to master this art.

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  9. Wow, incredible! You really did a lot of work on this. Enjoyed it very much! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Super cool! The playback at the end reminded me of when I was in elementary school and they showed us movies on the old timey projectors (just dated myself, I know...), the best part was when they would play the movies backwards and we saw everything in reverse. :)
    I teach high school art--would it be ok if I got a copy of this video to show my kids? We're going to be starting line next week and we always do a few days of Zengtangling. I think my kids would love watching your work!

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    1. Nice! I think I would look forward to the rewind part, too - I wish I had had that experience!

      I would love it if you used my video in your teaching! If I added a donate button to my blog, would you contribute a few bucks (it doesn't have to be much) in exchange for the video file?

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  11. Super neat Zachary. Definitely a worthwhile project. I may have to copy your idea :)

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    1. Please do! I would love to see some more Zentangles in motion! On thing's for sure: it'll boost your page views!

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  12. This was absolutely amazing! I have learned a lot about shading by just watching this. I appreciate the time and effort to make an entertaining and educational video. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Shading can be tricky - I'm glad this can be a source of inspiration! Thanks for your comment.

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  13. Great Job! Very cool video. Please don't hold out for a year next time!

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  14. wow, zach! that's pretty amazing! i saw the link on the zentangle blog - i liked the way you took it back to a blank tile for the finish - love this!

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    1. Thank you! I wanted to remind folks that it all starts with a blank tile, and that anything is possible when you take it one stroke at a time.

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  15. This was most inspiring. I appreciate the effort you put forth to produce the video. Awesome work!
    Diana

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  16. Oh super stuff Zach! Reversal was fun too! Well done.

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  17. WOW! I am impressed!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    You really need to become a CZT!!

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    1. I would love to - if only they held a training closer! One of these days...

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  18. That was great! So much work involved in creating it, but so worth it. I'll bet you had a lot of fun doing it.

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    1. Definitely worth it, and I did have a lot of fun with it! I had to solve some interesting problems to be able to make it all work, but that's what made it fun.

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  19. Why can´t I see it :(
    Is it because I have an Ipad?

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    1. Probably - I just tested it on an iPad, and it did not show up. I think it may be that the video is run through Flash - which is not compatible with iPads and iPhones. Any computer should work just fine, though.

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  20. This is terrific! So glad Maria and Rick shared it or I think I would have missed it.

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    1. Most people did miss it when if first posted - I'm thankful that Rick and Maria spread the word! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  21. Very nice work! This should be re-posted to more of the Zentangle sites.

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  22. Well, Zach, I'd also love to show your video to my classes and I'm happy to make a contribution to your site for the privilege. Maybe if you started a CZT account you'd find the funds pouring in. What do you think? I'm clicking on the DONATE button next. Thanks for sharing your creative spirit with us.

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    1. Thank you so much for the donation! I truly appreciate it!

      If you could send me an email at designedtocreateblog@gmail.com, we can talk about how I can get that video to you.

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  23. Really beautiful, Zachary! It's often just as much fun to watch someone else do a Zentangle as it is to actually do one. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    1. I agree! The videos Rick and Maria put out are simply mesmerizing - seeing the different tangling styles in action is so interesting. Thank you!

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  24. Hi Zach I have been very impressed by your video and by the way you describe yourself: the world of art and design needs more people like you!
    Tina Festa CZT (from Italy)

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    1. Thank you so much! And thanks for sharing the video on your blog, as well! I had to translate it to English to see what you said - I love when I get to do that because the translator isn't very accurate and hilarity generally ensues. Anyway, I really appreciate it, and tangle on!

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  25. Wow! Very clever, I like the way you "undid" it all a well. I like your shading in the crescent moon

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  26. absolutely incredible! I just started a new school year & have introduced my students to some of my favourite tangles.... I can't wait for them to see this! Thank you :)

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  27. Zach,
    I have a 10 yr. old grandson who is interested in art, I've worked with him a little. I am looking forward to showing him this video, he's going to love it. Thank you for all your hard work and sharing.

    Jackie

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  28. You certainly have God-given talent and I look forward to whatever you are lead to share. This art form is so amazing and relaxing. Am looking forward to sharing this with my granddaughter. Hugs.

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  29. A friend just told me about zentangle after seeing a little drawing I did (nothing to compare to yours!), and she directed me to a blog which in turn directed me to your video. I am in AWE of what you accomplished there. Your drawing was beautiful even before the shading, but after the shading it really came to life. My daughter and I are going to have a lot of fun learning this new style of drawing. Thanks so much for sharing your work!

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  30. Fantastic! Fun to watch the process!

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  31. That was fantastic! I appreciate all the effort you put in to make this available for all. You did a great job with that tangle. I am sure it opened up others to the possibilities as well. Keep up the good work.

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  32. WOW!! Just wow!...thanks for the inspiration as I, a life long doodler, dive into this art form

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  33. That's really neat. Good effort!

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  34. I love it every time I see it. Yup, now that Margaret has made it available here, I watch it when I just want to feel good - as a pick me up technique... Thanks Jack and Margaret!!!!

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