I won a nifty little box of Hahnemühle YouTangle.art tiles back in September through D. Katie Powell Art blog along with some other items I will be discussing in the future. The tiles are squares of cardstock meant to be used for Zentangling, a very popular method of drawing patterns designed to induce relaxation. As Zentangle is a registered trademark, companies who develop products to be used for it but who are not associated with Zentangle Inc. come up with similar names, hence the YouTangle.art name Hahnemühle is using. Hahnemühle is an old German paper manufacturer that dates back to 1584 but as this product shows, it is trying to keep up with modern trends.
The tiles come in a hinged tin embossed with the Hahnemühle rooster logo in the corner. The tin makes the tiles very portable as all you have to do is bring along a pen and pencil to tangle to your heart’s content. The tin could also be used for storing completed works.
The tiles themselves are 9 x 9 cm with rounded corners. Both sides are the same smooth bright white so could be drawn on both sides as there is no ink bleed-through. According to Hahnemühle, they are also acid free.
I was first introduced to Zentangling in 2013 and really enjoyed it. I don’t remember when or why I stopped but I was happy to give it another go. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I was inspired to do some heart shaped patterns. As a side note, if for some reason you think stationery supplies are an appropriate Valentine’s Day gift, the internet has some funny sayings to go along with them. For example:
- Crayons: You colour my world, Valentine!
- Ruler: You rule, Valentine!
- Highlighter: You’re the highlight of my day!
- Glue: Let’s stick together!
- Pen/Pencil: You’re just write for me!
Back to my experiments with the YouTangle.art tiles. The first one I tried, I started with a watercolour wash before drawing with a fine Sharpie but found the tile buckled.
For my second attempt, I did a more classic Zentangling style with black ink. It seemed to be missing something so I shaded it with pencil and then coloured the heart with pencil crayons.
For the third one I used a red Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint. The ink is not waterproof so I just brushed a little water on it to spread the colour and had none of the buckling problems of the first. The lesson learned was the tiles are tolerant of a little water but not lots.
I’m thankful for winning these as it has inspired me to try Zentangling again. If the Hahnemühle YouTangle.art tiles were people they would be tidy German travelers, proud of their roots but happy to try new things except maybe swimming.