Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Zentangle Album Cover

I have had a few bad days health-wise, which has kept me on the recliner, but not so bad that I couldn’t be creative! I used the time to create the paper inserts to go into the clear plastic pockets on the cover of the white ring binder I bought recently to be used as my new Zentangle album.

The piece on the front measures 10 5/8 x 12 in, so I cut down a piece of plain white 12 x 12 card, and I also cut the narrow strip for the spine, which measures 1 7/8 x 12 in. I covered both these pieces of card with zentangle patterns, keeping to a fairly fluid, organic design and leaving a bit of white space, surrounding the title panels.

Here is the book completed.

Album Outside with Cover Inserts

Unfortunately the front cover looks a bit foggy in this photo, because the clear plastic wouldn’t lie completely flat, but you can get the idea, I think. I took the papers and scanned them, which was not as easy as I’d expected, because they were too big for the scanner. The front cover I did in two halves and spliced them together using layers in Serif PhotoPlus, my photo editing software, and unfortunately there is a slight line at the overlap, and it would have involved a tremendous amount of editing to get rid of it, so I didn’t bother! The spine piece I scanned diagnonally, which did mean I could get it all in, but then I had to use the “rotate” tool repeatedly in PhotoPlus, until I’d got the angle exactly vertical.

Here’s the front cover:

Front Cover

and the spine:


I am very pleased with how it all turned out, particularly the spine, with the “hollow” Betweed pattern enclosing the floating title!

I haven’t counted how many patterns I have used for the whole book cover, but it’s a lot! In the process I learnt a few more, and also incorporated some of my own patterns, Y-Pod, Nemnies and Spawn. See if you can spot them!!

Originally I was going to decorate the back cover as well, but decided against it in the end, because a) I was pretty well Zentangled Out after that lot, and also, the D-rings of the ring binder are attached to the back with rivets that go through the transparent cover, and the design would have had to have been smaller, which might have looked a bit peculiar, so I left it white.

While I was doing this, I also drew a whole lot more ATC cards to go in the album, and I’ll be posting about those soon.


WOYWW members – please scroll down for this week’s post which I uploaded just before this one. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the glorious mess I have been making!!


  1. Hi there Shoshi wow what an awesome cover I dips me lid to you, I do!! Shaz in oz.x

  2. It's fantastic Shoshi. Well done. I'm going to forward it onto my friend Gillian who is a zentangle maniac too
    Lynn x

  3. Hi Shoshi. Happy New Year to you. Sorry you have had a few bad days.It is so fustrating when you can't get on with things that you want and need to do, hope you are feeling better soon. Your album is fantastic. You are so talented at Zentangling.

  4. Congrats on a wonderful result! You need to get published! x

  5. Wow, that is amazing! Funny really, I remember doing this sort of thing when on the phone to my Mom, years ago! She can talk on an Olympic standard, and I just used to sit and doodle while I listened. I can't say we actually ever have a conversation- I can never get a word in edgewise, lol.Have a great week, Hugs Shaz xx#65

  6. OMGoodness Shoshi this is absolutely stunning!! Congratulations on completing such awe inspiring work! :D Mo x

  7. looks fantastic! you are very talented. hope you have better health days soon

    Happy WOYWW Mrs.C #46 {i think?!}

  8. wow..fabulous work. I love to zentangle too although not done much.
    I have a number of Serif programmes including photoplus but now have Serif Craft Artist vs2 which would be so easy to edit and manipulate those halves you were splicing together.. think it has a bit of drawplus in it too.
    Look forward to seeing your work again. Gill x (#128)

  9. Love, love, love your Zentangle book cover - totally awesome!! Hope you're doing better soon.

  10. Hi Shoshi loving your zentangle work, excellent. Thanks for sharing and have a super crafty Wednesday, hugs Erika.

  11. wow, wow, wow! Your book is AWESOME!! So sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well, I hope your better soon! I really do LOVE the Zentangle album, that spine is amazing! ♥ waving hi from the soggy laden hills of North Carolina :)

  12. Hi Shoshi,

    Holy moly girl! You should be tickled pink with the results. WOW. I hope you are feeling better soon.

    Happy WOYWW
    Kay #123

  13. Your book is just wonderful! I'm a huge fan of Zentangle and am always longing to do more!
    Glenda #97

  14. Wow! This is stunning. I've just done my first Zentangle and hope that one day I can be just a fraction as good as you!

    I got your blog details from the Tangle Patterns website, such a treasure trove of information.

  15. Hi Shoshi - me again!! Took me a while as I have been reading with interest all you have going on. You write a very readable and engaging post. I love your album. I haven't tried anything like this yet being a newbie but I love all the intricacies you have achieved. Stunning. Helen x PS I have one of your poppy Atcs so I know how delicate your work is.


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