Altenew Academy Zentangle Lesson 2

Hi Everyone, and welcome back! Thanks for joining me for Altenew Academy‘s, Zentangle For Cardmakers, second lesson with Amber Davis. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this class! This lesson of the Zentangle cat-kins was so much fun to practice.

Practice, practice, practice! These are behind the scenes samples I created in trying to work through my ideas and perfect the technique.

I shared some basic tips I discovered after the first lesson, and I found most of those to be true in practicing these cat-kins. (You can find those tips and tricks HERE.) I don’t have many new tips after this lesson, and I don’t want to give away Amber’s points in this post. I highly recommend that you take the class if you are interested in this art form, because I think she does a phenomenal job. (Click HERE for the Altenew Academy link.)


Amber challenged us to use ink blots with cat-kins to create a background in which the branches would “hide” between and among the ink spots. Now, you know how much I love creating distressed or vintage inked backgrounds, but I struggled to get it “just right” for this card. The key element for the cat-kins was to leave enough white space, and this proved to be difficult with the usual blotting technique. So I ended up using the splatter stencil to to be able to strategically place ink, and this worked well.

I decided on the color scheme for this card based on the beautiful new artist markers set D that I just purchased. However, I thought the twigs and detail of the dotted blooms stamped images competed with the cat-kins and ink spots on the background panel. The above samples show how I decided that the added vellum helps to soften the background yet still maintain great interest.

Don’t these flowers look pretty with the pink and turquoise colors combined?


I stamped the flowers in London Fog Memento ink for a no-line colored image with the artist markers.
Here you can better see the detail of the background, and how soft it looks with the vellum overlay.

So what do you think? Are you ready to “tangle” along with us? It’s not too late to join Amber in the classroom! I love, love, love all of the cards people are posting in the gallery. Thanks for stopping by again today! Love and artsy hugs!


PS – No affiliate links were used in this blog post. I just like to share some of my favorite crafty products in case you are interested in them as well. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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