Organic Borders Lesson
Transform your cards and art into masterpieces by adding intricate organic borders. But don't be fooled by their complexity, there is a method to the madness.
Learn to draw intricate, complex organic borders
• Understand the logic behind apparent randomness
Just like in nature, organic borders look complicated, but they are not. There is a logic and structure behind the construction of apparent chaos.
• Draw borders for cards, affirmations and more
Transform a simple card into a masterpiece by adding an organic border. You can use these beautifully intricate borders to embellish tangle cards, affirmations, friendship cards, Zentangle cartouches, Zentangle Dingbatz and so much more!
• Learn the basic components of organic borders
You'll be surprised at how easy these borders are to draw, once you understand their underlying structure. In this lesson, you'll use tangles that you love and know well to create super complex borders!
• Embellish a Zentangle spinner
I'll even show you how to create an alternative version of the Zentangle spinner: instead of using tangles, you can add tangle enhancers, and add organic borders to create a masterpiece.
• And so many tips and tricks!
Every lesson is packed with tips that can help you with ALL of your projects and make you a better artist.
WHY THIS LESSON IS IMPORTANT!
The Method to the Madness
In this lesson, you'll learn how even the most complex systems can sometimes be broken down to an essential structure. Just like in nature, structures that look super intricate can be mastered by carefully identifying a few core, basic elements. As most random things in life, there is an underlying structure that makes everything make sense. This lesson is all about "boiling things down to essentials".
Intermediate 1-hour long video lesson, including an ebook and bonus PDFs
StartOrganic Borders Intermediate/Advanced Video - 1 hour 8 minutes
StartOrganic Borders "Video to Ebook" PDF - 45 pages
StartOrganic Borders Recipe Card PDF - 1 page
StartOrganic Borders with Twing Case Study PDF - 1 page
StartSimple Organic Border Case Study and Recipe Card Bonus PDF - 2 pages
StartOrganic Border Spinner Case Study PDF - 4 pages
StartFind or adapt Tangles to use in Organic Borders - 1 page
StartOrganic Borders Practice - 1 page
StartCreate an organic border around a card using only three tangles - 1 page
StartDisguise a thick border line with Organic Borders - 1 page
StartOrganic Borders Student Gallery Pinterest Board
StartQuestions, Comments and Feedback
Learn how to create intricate organic borders for cards and journals
Hi there! I'm Eni Oken, artist since the age of 8, art instructor and teacher for almost 30 years, author of hundreds of articles, tutorials, video lessons and ebooks online and books in print, on various different subjects such as fantasy design, jewelry making and in recent years, the Zentangle method. My true passion is exploring methods and tools on how a person can create something remarkable in art, and teaching it to others so they can grow artistically.
Certified Zentangle Teacher® since April 2016
Frequently Asked Questions
An optional bonus project, learn how to embellish the Zentangle Spinner (Project Pack #4) to create a stunning piece
Just finished watching the video on Organic Borders and wanted to let you know how much I like this lesson! I know it will be a challenge for me, but I plan to practice, practice and practice more till I come up with at least one decent one to post! I am so in awe of what you come up with for us to try! I appreciate all the hard work you put into the lessons along with the recipe cards and step outs for us to print.
Carmen Clayton, via email
"I loved this lesson on organic borders. One of the drawings I am working on needed a border. Now I know how to do it. I had fun practicing the different borders during the video. I kept pausing so I could practice the different tangles. Awesome lesson."
Sandra Mitchell, via Facebook
"I am so in love with this lesson, thank you for all the exploration and showing how to."
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