Tag Archives: Zentangle

Tale of the Tail Moves On

17 Oct

After more drawing changes and a switch to Tombow markers overlaid with Sakura Glaze and Metallic pens (see here for earlier versions), I’ve finally completed my Zentangle® Art Inspired (ZIA) artwork for a new notebook folder:

Tale of the Mermaid's Tail

The Tombow colors are beautiful, and the Glaze pens add a wonderful shine and texture.  I used the Metallic pens to add a silver school of fish through the middle ocean layer up into the upper ocean layer, which are a little difficult to see in the scan above.  The scan, of course, does not do justice to the actual art piece, but it does give one an appreciation for the level of detail.

I’m glad to finally have this stage complete!

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Tale of the Mermaid Tail Halted

7 Oct

I hemmed and I hawed, and I looked and I thought about this Zentangle® Inspired Art (ZIA) watercolor, trying to decide what I wanted to do next, and ultimately decided that I had to start over.

Yeah, sucks.

First, I didn’t use watercolor paper.  Sometimes you can get away with a good quality drawing paper; this time I couldn’t.  I hate having to wet and stretch (and wait) for a sheet of watercolor paper to dry overnight before I can get down to business, but that’s the way watercolor cake crumbles.  Yep, I’m impatient and lazy.

Second, there was way too much shimmer.  Can you believe I just wrote that?  You gotta know if there was too much shimmer for me, the ultimate “make it shinier and add more glitter” faerie queen, it was a huge problem.  I’ll still be using my pearlescent watercolors, there will just be a lot less of it and I’ll use them as they were probably intended, to highlight.

Third, the black Sakura ink was…were?  Totally hidden.  All my careful tangling was for naught if it couldn’t be seen.  On the do-over, I’m going to rough in the outlines of the major features and lay down the watercolor first, then I’ll ink in the detailed tangles, like I did on this ZIA tile.

I’ve also changed the design so there are less small plants and critters in the lower part, giving me more open space to tangle, plus now I don’t have to deal with the “ground” because the horny coral (left) and the anemone (right) run off the painting:

The Tale of the Mermaid's Tail

I am exhausted.

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Mermaid Tail Progresses

5 Oct

Almost all the rough detail is in place for this artwork; soon the fine detailing will begin!

The Mermaid's Tail

Too bad the scanner can’t pick up the shimmer.

New ZIA In-Progress

4 Oct

This is the Zentangle® Inspired Art (ZIA) I’m working on that will become the frontispiece for a new notepad folder to be sold in my on-line boutique:

The Mermaid's Tail

The next step is color.  Strictly speaking, Zentangles are black and white with shading; i.e., no color.  That’s why this is a ZIA; it’s “inspired by” the Zentangle technique.

I’ll be using a new set of pearlescent watercolors that are…brilliant and dreamy.  In fact, I started tonight.

I don’t use watercolors in the conventional method; I can, but I like to break the rules.  Instead of doing all the light colors and layering and layering from lighter to dark, some of the dark colors are going down first to be overlaid with a lighter color.  I don’t want to work wet-on-wet because the colors will blend too much, and laying the dark color down on a dried light color layer will not be blended enough.  Doing it “backwards” is the only answer.

This particular design was created in honor of Julie at Mermaiden Creations.

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Zentangle Folders Have Been Zenned, Penned and Send

21 Sep

I finished all three of the commissioned notepad folders last night and photographed them this morning for emailing to Laura at Ladies Who Critique.

You get to feast your eyes upon my beauties before anyone else in zee world!  Double click on the image to see  the large, high-resolution version (see how nice I am, Internet, saving you lots of downloading time by using these smaller versions? Yeah, yeah, thanks are nice, but money is better!).

Here’s the write-up I submitted to go with each of these treasures:

This folder and writing pad, created just for Ladies Who Critique by Kat of FaerieKat’s Trinkets & Treasures, is perfect for jotting down meeting notes, grocery lists, questions for the doctor, the day’s schedule, last-minute “don’t forgets,” and anything else temporary in nature. Tuck business cards and letters to post in the inside pocket, and clip a pen to the spine for convenience. Nothing beats the old-fashioned paper and pen for jotting down those disposable ephemera!

Kat used the Zentangle® art form/method and Sakura Pigma Micron pens to create the folder cover design. Each 5.5″X8″ folder is made of Bristol vellum and is decorated with a coordinating, hand-tied bow permanently affixed with hot glue. A writing pad by Second Nature containing 50 sheets of recycled 5″X8″ paper is included. Learn more about Kat and her enchanted jewelry creations and magical objects at http://www.faeriekat.com.

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

*SQUEE!*  Time for a couple of days of hard-core napping!

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