Tangle Spiderwebs - Easy Zentangle for Kids and Adults

Tangled Webs :: Easy Zentangle for Kids and Adults

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Zentangle Spiderweb for Kids

Written by Jeanette Nyberg

Tangle doodling like Zentangle® is perfect any time of year, but throw in the wonderful symbols of Halloween-time and you have the perfect starting point for an easy Zentangle for kids.

I’ve found that kids tend to have shorter attention spans than adults.

Have you noticed this at all? No? Okay, maybe it’s just me.

In any event, I came up with a tangle project that’s easy to start, and doesn’t take all day to complete, but still gives the awesome relaxation and focus benefits that make everyone love this technique.

Easy Zentangle Spiderwebs for kids and adults

Spiderwebs :: Easy Zentangle for Kids and Adults

This post contains affiliate links.MATERIALS

  • Paper
  • Compass or 3 sizes of round things to trace around
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Fine point black markers: (Microns, Sharpies, etc)
  • Eraser

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Start with drawing your web. I used a compass and drew a large circle (lightly), then two smaller circles to make a bullseye.
  2. Use your ruler and pencil to (lightly) draw four lines that cross in the center, in a cross shape and then in an X shape.
  3. Use your pencil to draw lines that curve in and go from line to line, following where you drew your circles, but the lines will curve in toward the center instead of out. (See the photo diagram below).
  4. Draw over your pencil lines with your black marker (but not your circle lines!), erase all pencil lines, and fill your shapes with tangles.
  5. Tangles can be any sort of doodle lines and shapes. There are a ton of Zentangle techniques out there, but I usually make up my own, based on what I like.

Keep it simple for the first time around.

Zentangle Spiderweb for Kids Step by Step Instructions

ZENTANGLE TIPS & IDEAS

1. You can do a search online for ‘Zentangle patterns’ or ‘tangle patterns’, or you can come up with your own ideas. Have fun and play with how different patterns look together. You can make up your own pattern page(s) to refer back to later when you want to do more tangling.

Note :: I put together a group of easy tangle patterns and tangle starter sheets here.

2. Think about if you want bigger or smaller spaces in which to tangle, and space your lines accordingly.

3. Want to take this  step further? Add some color! Orange! Purple! Grey! Boo! Sorry, didn’t mean to startle you.

4. Try this with white gel pens on black paper.

Zentangle Spiderweb for Kids

Here are two more easy Zentangle projects for kids (and adults) to play around with after tackling the spiderweb.

Jeanette Nyberg of CraftwhackAbout the Author

Jeanette Nyberg writes about art projects, cool finds, and tales of her life on her blog Craftwhack and is the author of the forthcoming book, Tangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids (available for pre-order on Amazon).

Jeanette has always been fascinated by kids’ natural creativity and thinks adults should strive to be much more like kids. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, after which she dove into the roles of professional artist and photo stylist.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Lucy Jennings
    October 14, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    This is a great way for kids and their parents to try some doodling, nice and simple, yet it can be made elaborate if you want. And best of all there are no rules about how spider webs must look!

  • Reply
    Ana
    October 14, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Amazing idea! I love how you incorporated Zentangles and webs! Brilliant!

  • Reply
    Kim Vij
    October 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Love this and can’t wait to share with my daughters. SIDE NOTE… love that I had a chance to meet both of you in person this past month and that your worlds are connecting here online. It’s inspiring to be around so many creative people.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      October 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      It was so wonderful to meet you, too, Kim!! I hope you and your girls enjoy this activity!

  • Reply
    Sandy Bartholomew
    January 31, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Hi Jeanette – I’m a fellow RISD-ian. :-) Here’s my take on Zentangle and Spiderwebs… on black paper!
    http://beezinthebelfry.blogspot.com/2012/10/tangled-up-and-creepy.html

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