Fearless Friday, St. Nick

Today we’re going to have some fun with St. Nick and Zentangle

Zentangle is a pattern drawing technique

that takes doodling to a new height

I’m going to to show you all the steps,

and you can draw and color your own,

or use the free printables {links are at the end of the post}

First, let’s draw this simple Santa

I made a collage of Santa figures I found on Pinterest for inspiration

Then I began to create my own…

I always pick a start point and go from there,

in this case it was the hat brim

Next came the shape of his beard

Then his arm and mitten

I gave him a sack full of toys

And a Christmas tree

I filled in the hat and drew in his face

Next I inked over the pencil lines with a waterproof liner pen

Okay, so let’s talk about Zentangle for a minute…

Zentangle is the technique of creating beautiful images

with a series of structured patterns

Below is a practice grid of Zentangle patterns

Zentangle patterns can be made up of repetitive lines,

swirls, dots, and shapes in an infinite variety of combinations

These combinations form designs that can be colored,


or left black and white

Let’s add some patterns to St. Nick…

First, I added lines to section his beard

and circles are drawn on his hat brim

There is no right or wrong, just let your pen or pencil go!

Now let’s give him some color!

You can create your own St. Nick by adding your own patterns to St. Nick

with this free printable of St. Nick, click here

Or you can have fun coloring the pattern filled St. Nick

with this free printable click here

Or you can just print out the one I colored and enjoy it!

Colored St. Nick printable, click here

I hope you’ll have some fun playing with St. Nick!

My 8 year old grandson, Big E, did this one for us with colored pencils…notice he added a wreath to the tree, presents spilling out the top of the bag and some patches to the toy bag {he said it was worn out because Santa had been using it for thousands of years 😂}

Be Fearless!

Next Friday is Christmas Day,

so Fearless Friday will return in 2 weeks for more art fun!

Have a Merry Holiday

and be thinking of what kinds of art or techniques

you’d like to explore with me in 2021!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

  Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creatively Crafty

Thursday Favorite Things    Creative Cumpulsions Meal Plan Monday

26 Responses to “Fearless Friday, St. Nick”
  1. Fabulous ! Wonderful options to motivate the creativity in all of us. Thanks, Jenna! I like Big E’s interpretation too. Hard to believe Christmas is one week away, and our new year begins in two!

  2. St.Nick is very festive, I like Big E’s thinking and his interpretation. Zentangle, that is new to me. Wishing you a Merry Friday…can Christmas really be only a week away?

  3. lulu says:

    Jenna, this is wonderful and you make drawing look so easy which makes me think I can actually do this. I’m going to sharpen my colored pencils and give it a try!

  4. Your step outs are so helpful. It makes one feel that even as a no-talent (there is no such thing!) one can draw! I hope when the boys are older I remember to look for these so they can learn confidence in drawing. Plus, it is just delightful! I enjoy zentangle now and then, though most of the time I find myself doing it is when I’m just doodling in a zoom meeting or on the phone! It’s great with the Santa!

  5. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Happy Fearless Friday, Jenna! You have such a gift. The Santa you created is absolutely adorable! Merry Christmas!!!

  6. This looks like my church bulletin! I doodle to help me listen better – does that make sense? I never heard the term “Zentangle” before, but it is much more artsy than – “doodle.” I love it! Thanks for the tips and fun!

  7. Love St. Nick, and your patience at showing us how you created this!

  8. pattyanneart says:

    So jolly and fun!! Love it!!
    ❤️🎅 Merry Christmas, Jenna! 🎄

  9. angie says:

    I truly enjoyed reading your message you left on my page at http://shopannies.blogspot.com This pattern of art that you shared I believe I was making it without knowing it was a form of art lol. I will be sharing itwith the little artist in our family as well Thanks for sharing so much great information

  10. Nancy says:

    Love St. Nick! I can hear his Ho, Ho, Ho’s!
    Happy Weekend to you!

  11. Darling St. Nick. You make it all look so easy. One day, I need to slow down and try this. Happy weekend.

  12. Sandra Magle says:

    Lots of fun here for your doodle drawing. Always love your festive artwork!

  13. Pattie says:

    I LOVE your tutorials, and that Santa is adorable. I wish I would have seen this post prior to mailing my Christmas cards. I would have printered out your Santa for my granddaughter to color.

  14. You make it look so easy…I only wish it was. 😊

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