Last year Beate Winkler came out with 'Zentangle® Für Kids', a German edition hardback Zentangle activity book with a strong circus theme. Now, ''Zentangle® Für Kids, Waldtiere (Forest Animals)', the second book in her series is out!
|Front of book|
|Back of book|
Look and Feel
No. of Pages: 64
Size: 22.6 x 28.1 cm. (8.9 x 11.1 in.)
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
'Zentangle® Für Kids, Forest Animals' is hardcover, with good quality paper and a sturdy sewn binding, that will hold up to rough handling. It's a bit heavy, but no more than you would expect from a hardback of it's size.
The book lies flat, so you can easily imagine a child lying on the floor, immersed in the book. It can also be folded back for easier holding where there is less space. It doesn't lie quite flat in this position, but could still be colored in without much trouble.
There are stencil cut-outs glued to the back inside cover of the book. There are three ovals, 2 butterflies, and two tags.
There are 25 tangle pattern step-outs (including my own Vortex). I don't know if any of these are new, but they are a good mix of grid-based and free-form, using a variety of shapes that will help the artist create beautiful and interesting Zentangle drawings. They are easier patterns with a couple that offer just a bit of a challenge.
A two page activity spread follows every five tangles, prompting the artist to use what they've just learned. The drawings are fun and sassy, and as the title suggests, full of trees and animals. There are tips and prompts within these activity pages, as well as four pages of tips and examples. Plenty of space is left for you to draw in, but there is lots of help, so you don't get that empty page syndrome.
The step-out have very little text instruction, following in the steps of traditional Zentangle, where the steps need no words.
At the beginning of the book, there is an explanation of Zentangle, a suggestion of what is needed, how you start, and how the patterns work. The latter part of the book has examples, shading instructions, the technique for making a paper box or basket, a glossary, suggestions for coloring, animal and tree templates, as well as links for further study. There is a Thank You section, information about the author and Zentangle, and a complete picture index of the tangles included in the book.
The pattern step-outs:
German Name/ English Name (any misspellings are mine, not the books)
The paper is this book is of a good quality, but it isn't made specifically for watercolor or alcohol-based media. You will get show-through (you can see the shadow of the color on the back of the paper) or it bleeds-through (color actually seeps through the paper to the back).
On the other side of the page, I used several mediums. I wanted to explore watercolor more thoroughly, so the woodpecker and tree are done using Koi cake watercolors. The middle section was colored with gel-ink pens (the orange is all sparkly, but of course the scanne doesn't show it). The background pattern was drawn with a Pigma Micron pen and colored in with colored pencils.
There was no show-through or bleed-through with any of the mediums. The paper did wrinkle just a little, where I used watercolor, but after being closed overnight, most of it has disappeared. The gel ink went down smoothly with no skipping and the color is nice and bright. I used four layers of colored pencil with no waxy build-up (this may vary according to the brand of pencil), and managed to get a nice blend of colors. The scanner didn't quite pick up all the color though, so this photo doesn't show that.