I continue to be mesmerized by the skill and magic achieved by the art of Zentangle. One of these days I am going to take an official Zentangle class, but until such a time I am best desribed as an aspiring ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Artist).
I know this posting is a day late, but wanted to share it anyway because I have found that our different size squares are the perfect medium for all kinds of detailed pen work.
Using a pencil 'whisper line' first draw the outline of each letter on a 1-1/2" white Inchie + Square. If I could have found a stencil with letters, I probably would have used one! Taking your time, and enjoying the task, draw a variety of small patterns inside the defined areas with a black 01 Micron pen. A tiny bit of Copic marker color for a border and each letter is complete. (click on the photo for a close up look)
While inserting patterns from your personal 'doodle' library is quite rewarding, you might be inspired by the tons of official Zentangle patterns that have been created. Be sure and visit the official Zentangle web site and another that I recently discovered that actually catalogs the patterns, Tangle Patterns.