Neuro Tangling


Yesterday I gave you a lesson outlining neurographic art combined with tangling. I can not get over how addicting this is. Relaxing, calming, zone-right-out-and-draw! And it is so much fun! Today I want to show you the first piece of neurographic art I made.

It started like this. Take a permanent black ink pen and for the space of about three seconds draw a big loopy line. You can watch or not, doesn’t matter. Just don’t think about it. Make loops and lines continuously for about three seconds. I was working on a sheet of Harmony Hot Pressed watercolor paper from Hahnemühle.

Each place those lines cross each other – fill-in those areas with ‘nzeppel-like fills. Round out the corners and fill with black ink – or ‘neurozeppling.’

Next, I added a few circles. Then I looked and decided where I needed more lines and I added some. Working from the ‘nzeppel fills, I drew a line from the fill and off the page.

And I couldn’t stop. I just keep adding lines from the black connectors to the edge of the paper.

You could call me a little obsessed at that point. Hahahaha! But I thought I finally had enough lines.

I pulled out my watercolor palette – mostly Schmincke colors – and started filling in sections. I looked to see if any of the areas worked together to form an identifiable object and I thought that section I colored yellow in the middle may possibly look like a chess piece. Upside down. So I kept that whole section together as I watercolored.

And I kept going till the whole piece was filled with color.

One thing I like to do when I make ATCs is to add splatters of black and white. Not a step in neurographic art, but one I like, so I added that next.

Last, I added some tangles. When I added this to my Bristol journal, I cut this 9″ x 12″ sheet in half and adhered the pages inside my journal. When I did that I noticed a pink flamingo wearing sunglasses in one section. Can you find her?

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13 thoughts on “Neuro Tangling

  1. Your bright colours really carry this whole piece & nope I couldn’t spot the flamingo……….

    • Rotate the picture one turn to the right. In this picture he is on the left and facing down. If you rotate once you will be able to spot him better

  2. Nice work. I surfed for the term “Neuro Tangling” because that’s exactly what I do, though I never called it anything. Actually, the so-called zen tangle is not something novel, is it? Drawing a design framework is common practice in art that isn’t entirely based on serendipity. Only the use of the frame (as you demonstrate) as part of the visible design is not what zentanglers do. They are at pains NOT to show their framework and rub it out (though erasers are frowned on in zentangle proper). So I think I can call my drawings in the mixed style ‘neurotangles’ – though maybe they are sometimes neurotic! I’m not going to patent the term!

    • yes, my first art form was zentangle, then I moved onto other types of tangling that are more representative. then I started adding in color, it just took off from there. this neurotangling is a term I put together to explain the mesh of tangling with neurographica art. not as in depth or detailed as the neurographica that therapists use, just kind of the top layer mixed with tangling. sounds like something you enjoy, too 🙂

    • oh wow, that would be awesome! I’d have to go through the official training first

  3. I’m loving your examples here and have copied them as thumbnails to use as a guide for my own ‘story’. This is beautiful! I am very interested in the texture you’ve added in the last image, particularly the linen look on the blues and the alcohol ink look on the dark pinks. I want to learn to do what you do!

    • Cancel my previous comment, or at least my question…I still think the work is beautiful. But I did magnify the page heading and can now see how you PAINSTAKINGLY added the textures! Thanks for the ‘lessons’!

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