Hi! This is where I’ll be putting the materials information & random things I mention during class, including printable downloads and links to materials I use or mention in class. Feel free to email me if I’ve left something off, this is a work in progress.
The pens we use in class are Sakura Micron Pigma pens, in sizes 01, and 08, or possibly a Sakura Graphic 1 (some people got those instead of the 08s). The pencils are General’s Layout Pencil 555, and General’s Pastel Pencil (white). The smudging tool is called a tortillion, or blending stub. White pens are Sakura gelly roll 08 color #50. These pens come in a variety of colors and sets, which I can recommend as a reasonable value, particularly the Moonlight (neon colors, nice on dark backgrounds) and Stardust (so many sparkles!).
The paper that white Zentangle tiles are made of is Fabriano Tiepolo Printmaking paper, available in 20×30″ sheets at Dick Blick. I normally cut down a white 9×12″ Strathmore Bristol board pad into 3.5″ squares at a local print shop. The black & tan Zentangle tiles are Arches printmaking paper, also available in large sheets at Dick Blick. I use 9×12″ bristol or drawing paper pads, cut down as with the white. I’m happy to sell you a few if you don’t want an entire pad’s worth of little squares.
How to Grow a Mandala
where to get materials
All the zentangle supplies are available at zentangle.com, shipping usually takes about 5 days, and it’s not cheap. You can purchase pens and smaller quantities of tiles from me directly, if you’d like (no waiting, same price, no shipping). Otherwise, the pens are available in sets at Joanns.com and Michaels.com, and in open stock individual sizes and colors at dickblick.com (located on Raymond in Old Town Pasadena, park for free on the deck at Green & Raymond). If you are near San Gabriel, the Mission Art Center is an excellent art supply store in the Mission district, next to Luna’s restaurant. Finally, if you are getting your artwork framed, I can’t recommend New Creation framers highly enough. They’re pricey, but worth it.
I personally use Staedtler Pigment Liners, they are more expensive than the the Sakura pens Zentangle has standardized on, and only available at Dick Blick as far as I know. I also use refillable rapidograph pens with Dick Blick Black Cat waterproof India ink, if you find yourself going through pens quickly. There are videos on YouTube of how to refill the Sakura Microns, though I have not done it, might be worth a try when you’ve got a dried out pen to experiment on.
The corner rounder I use is Sunstar Kadomaru Pro, Corner Cutter (S4765036) from Amazon. It rounds to 3 different radius sizes so your home-made tiles can have that Zentangle look (and not be pointy).
The battery operated pencil sharpener is a bit pricey at almost $18, but I think it’s worth it for a tool that works right and doesn’t eat half my pencil in the process. The Mijco Pro sharpener, on Amazon.
To cut mandala paper circles, I use the olfa compass circle cutter, it cost about $10. I can cut several sheets of paper at a time. It works really well, but you do have to be a bit careful.
Links & Downloads
To order manufactured Zentangle tile page protectors, head over to this link where she’s got them at a pretty reasonable price: cropstop.com
This link sells acrylic frames for individual tiles: Zondoms store
Click on an image to get the PDF download pages to print. I recommend HP premium choice laser paper 32lb (it works with inkjets, too). It is an excellent paper to ink on. I don’t know about the archival qualities, but it doesn’t bleed and it is a nice thickness for most applications, including making the 3D ZIA below.
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