It’s week 5 in Glamour Additions. Originally we were going to do something different but this past week on Pinterest I learned about an art style called Neurographica. And I am addicted! So week five is all about neurographic drawing. Are you ready?
Here are the pages I made for this week. Then I will give you the lesson plan, so to speak. To begin with – I am not a certified teacher in this art style. And I am not affiliated with their program. I found this art on Pinterest, then I went in search of the official website and read all I could find on it.
The only downside I found with this art is that I could not stop. It is adaptable to black and white, though they teach it with color. And as I do each week, I worked in my journal I made using Bristol Illustrated paper from Hahnemühle.
Neurographic art was developed by Russian artist Pavel Piscarev in 2014. It is a special drawing technique that links the conscious with the subconscious by activating connections between brain cells – or neurons – offering an infinite source of energy. The name neurographic comes from two sources:
- neurons – cells that carry messages throughout the brain and body, and
- graphic – the artistic use of pictures, colors and shapes.
Neurography connects science with art by combining circular shapes with lines. It has a calming, relaxing, peaceful effect and can be used for meditation or working your way through a problem.
- Permanent black pen. I have used a fine point Sharpie, A Tombow Mono Drawing Pen, and a Micron. They each worked fine.
- Paper or tile.
- And some color product. Any color product will work. Pencil, watercolor, markers, acrylic – it is all fine. If you plan on working with wet media – be sure your black pen is a permanent one that won’t smear. Test it on scrap paper first.
The steps are simple:
Step One: If you are thinking through a problem, turn your paper or tile over and write the problem on the back in pencil. If you are using the process to relax, no writing is needed.
Step Two: Turn your paper back to the front. While counting deliberately to three, use your black permanent pen to draw a big looping line. Have it loop around and swirl and cover your whole page. There is no wrong or right in this process.
Step Three: With the same pen, draw some random shapes on the page. They could be circles or squares or triangles. They should cross overlap lines you drew in step 2.
Step Four: Draw a few lines that go from side to side, or top to bottom and cover the entire width and length of the paper. They can be straight or curvy. You want these lines to go off the sides of your paper.
Step Five: Where you have sharp corners or intersections of lines, round those out like you do with the tangle pattern ‘nzeppel and fill those rounded areas with ink. Cherryl Moote has coined the term neurozeppel for this process.
Step Six: Look at your drawing and enjoy it. Do you see any shapes in it? Animal or faces? Or objects? Keep these in mind as we continue.
Step Seven: Add color keeping those shapes in #6 in mind. If you saw a horse – you may want to color him all one color. I don’t find shapes well, so I just went straight to coloring. Some people stick to 2 or 3 colors, some use more. It is up to you. Once you have colored all the sections you want, check your black lines and see if you need to touch up any.
Step Eight: Last, tangle any areas you want to. I don’t tend to tangle every area, just the ones that feel right. I am showing you a different one from the previous samples. I used some of this week’s tangle in my artwork.
The hope with neurographic art is that you will now feel more relaxed, more ready to take on that problem. You may have even come to a solution for it while you were busy relaxing and focusing on your art. So relax and enjoy but be careful. It is hard to stop at just one!
Here are the patterns for this week, they will work very well with neurographic art: Amun, African Artist, Footlites, Navaho, Ribbon Rose, Roxi and Zedbra.
Have a blast playing with this art style! If you worked with color this week, try tangling a piece in just black and white. If you worked with black and white this week, try adding color before you tangle. Do something different and stretch yourself.
I will not be giving you a string to work with. You will be creating your own strings with neurographic art. Want to get more involved with tangling? Click here to visit us at Tangle All Around on Facebook.
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