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Zentangle postcard on ARTiful, painting demos by Sandrine Pelissier

A watercolor and zentangle postcard for the Twitter Art Exhibit

zentangle postcard for the Twitter Art Exhibit

Twitter Art Exhibit postcard ready to be mailed

I painted this watercolor and mixed media zentangle postcard to send to the Twitter Art Exhibit. It is a fundraising where Artists send postcard sized original Artwork and the profits from the sales are going to the Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students. Go to the Twitter Art Exhibit website to see the details of their call to Artists: http://twitterartexhibit.org/

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For this postcard I wanted to incorporate zentangle designs into watercolors. I worked from a reference picture that I simplified to just the outline of the ride on a sky background. I also added 2 hands with tiny fingers to the person on the lower swing 🙂

Here are the steps you can take to make a watercolor and zentangle postcard:


To make these watercolor and zentangle postcards you will need:

  • Watercolor paper blank postcards
  • Masking tape
  • Rubbing alcohol to add visual texture
  • Watercolors in various colors
  • Copic markers or art markers

taping the postcard on cardboard so you will have clean edges

Start by taping your postcard to a cardboard piece, so you can have clean edges.

painting a watercolor background wet into wet

Start by painting a simple background with a mix of green and brown, letting these colors mix wet into wet on the paper.

adding visual texture by sprinkling alcohol on the wet watercolor wash

To add visual texture,you can sprinkle alcohol on top of the wet watercolor wash. Then let the wash dry.

drawing on postcard once the watercolor wash has dried

Once the wash is dry,  you can draw a simple outline of the ride shape.

drawing the ride with a black marker over the watercolor wash

Then start drawing the lines and details with a 0.5 black marker.

zentangle designs on top of watercolor

Then you can fill  the ride shape with zentangle patterns.

zentangle patterns on ride

Continue working on the design, filling out the background with a light grey marker.

adding zentangle patterns in the background

Finally I am filling out the background with designs using a light grey marker.

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A watercolor and zentangle postcard for the Twitter Art Exhibit
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