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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Lesson 6: The Ribbon

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[one_half_last]Learn how to come up with intricate designs for necklaces, cuffs and bangles!

Learn how to come up with incredibly intricate sketches for bangles, bracelets, cuffs and wedding bands. The "Ribbon" lesson explores "Linear Design" tactics you can use to create extraordinarily complex designs.

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This is what you'll learn in this lesson:

  • Ribbons are usually flat, long and linear, suitable for bracelets, bands and collars
  • How to use repetition (or not!) for effective linear design
  • A fun Design method called “The Quilt”
  • Using "Ropes" as a Design Method
  • How to use Fillers and Edges to enhance Ribbon design
  • Understand patterns in repetitive linear design
  • How you can enhance intricacy easily!


Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Tracing Paper (or Translucent paper) A Ruler or straight edge A Small library of "fillers" (see Lesson 2: The Star) Access to a copier or scanner Sharpie pen or pencil

More info:

Pages: 17

Steps: 27

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.


"Never run out of ideas again!"

"This lesson unlocks the secrets to linear design, an essential to jewelry design."





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