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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.

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.
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