Posts made in June, 2014

Tutorial: Shade with Niji Brush, Sakura Gelly Roll & Watercolor Pencils by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Tutorials | 5 comments

Tutorial: Shade with Niji Brush, Sakura Gelly Roll & Watercolor Pencils  by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

  This week I am the guest blogger for the I Am Diva weekly challenge that will be posted Monday June 23, 2014.  I named my challenge Redux, Remix, Revisit Your Comfort Tangle.  CLICK HERE for the I Am the Diva Challenge details. BUT not before peeking at the two tutorials below that offer some shading ideas when you take up the Redux, Remix, Revisit challenge.  Enjoy your tangle week and I am looking forward to see your posted tiles. This week I am challenging you try a new technique or two for shading, you will also be asked to change up your comfort zone by trying different paper or pen color.  I did not want to leave anyone in the lurch, so I pulled together a couple tutorials on alternate shading techniques you may find helpful when adding color shading to your Zentangles. Shading with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens The one shading technique that surprises people the most is using Sakura’s Gelly Roll Pens as the pigment / paint for a watercolor shading technique.  Other brands of gel pens work too, but I love the quality and price point of the Sakura brand.  Did you know that Sakura invented Gel Pen technology and the rest are copycats which might explain why many of the knockoff no names have issues.  If you have been turned off by gel pen performance, give the Sakura brand a try for a positive experience. Sakura has done a great job in selecting their color choices for each set. What amazes me about the Sakura line of Gelly Roll Pens, even though the palettes are limited, the colors seems to be so spot on and versatile, I hardly notice they have a limited pallet.  NOTE:  The pen cap color is not the best representation of the color of the pen.  Look at the body &  inside tube of color in the pen for a truer example of pen color. Gelly Roll Pens by Sakura available at Soft Expressions.com SoftExpressions.com has color chart examples of each pen color  that shows blended shading or fill.    Gelly Roll Pens by Sakura available at Soft Expressions.com Shading with Watercolor Pencils I also shade with watercolor pencils.  I use many brands but I am quite drawn to the Derwent Graphitints.  The pigment is grayed down with graphite and seems to fit my palette choices well. I like subtle shading that does not take away from the beauty found in the detailed patterns of Zentangle. Sometime very bright colors can distract your visual attention. I have also used Derwent’s Inktense and Watercolor Pencils & Prisma Watercolor Pencils.  The bottom line, what I am looking for when when buying watercolor and color pencils is a wide range of colors with deep colors, rich mid-tones and luscious pastels.  Confessions time.  I like to buy the large sets. 4-6 colors just will NOT do. Each pencil set and brand seems to have a slightly different color set even though many have the same color name like sepia or scarlet red.  So I need them all, right! Well at least it makes sense to me, my husband not so much. I carry the Derwent Inktense & Watercolor pencils at SoftExpressions.com   If you are participating in my I am the Diva Challenge, to return to the Challenge instructions, CLICK HERE NOTE: If you are looking for Sakura Gelly Rolls Pens, Niji Waterbrush, Zentangle Tiles, and Derwent Inktense & Watercolor pencils check out Sharla’s store: SoftExpressions.com for the full line.  If your guild or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, ...

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Mooka in Black 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions | 4 comments

Mooka in Black 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Yes I am continuing to explore Mooka in Black using the White Sakura Gelly Roll and General’s white pastel pencil.  See the previous post for hints and tips on using white pen on black. This post explores combining leaf and floral botanicals with stylized Mooka Shapes and I am quite pleased with the results. Botanicals are my things and I enjoy pushing boundaries of Zentangle by inventing my own personalized botanical shapes that are repeated across the overall design.  As you view the tiles you will see repeating design elements.  It is part of my process to test similar shapes over and over to see how different configurations work. Each tile is done on the 6×6″ Strathmore’s Black Artist Tiles made from their Artagain coal black paper using Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen and General’s White Pastel Pencil.  It is one of my favorite black paper surfaces because of how the pen glides across the smooth surface of the paper.  I like the 6×6″ size as it gives me just a little bit more room to play with organic forms.   If you are interested in adding the Strathmore’s Black Artist Tiles, Sakura’s White Gelly Roll Pen, and General’s White Pastel Pencil to your Zentangle Tools, check out my store at SoftExpressions.com.   If your guild or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes,  use the form below. Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule at Soft Expressions, Anaheim California, CLICK HERE. Tangled Expressions Blog Newsletter Sharing my newsletter is encouraged. Thank you ahead of time. Sharla has created a Pinterest board where she shares her love of expressive quilts, fiber art, arts & crafts, Zentangle, painting, drawing and more. Find color and design ideas, helpful tutorials, Zentangle Patterns, and more. Also find SoftExpressions.com Sharla Hicks Store on Facebook.Here is where I announce the latest additions to the store and new tutorials, videos and more…We will also share inspiration and offer feedback when asked, so feel free to...

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Tutorial: Mooka in Black by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals, Tutorials | 5 comments

Tutorial: Mooka in Black by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Tutorial with hints and tips on using white gel pen on black tiles. I am still on my Mooka exploration. I have done a series of Mooka Tiles over the last several weeks. This is the first time I have explored a single tangle  in quite this way.  It has turned into very interesting exploration. I do find a similarity in each tile, but at the same time a uniqueness to each design.  This series explores seeing what type of botanical tangles and forms are enhanced by Mooka.  If you are interested, review previous posts for Mooka Blues  and Renaissance Mooka postings in the May 2014 Archives and June 2014 Archives. Each tile is done on the 6×6″ Strathmore’s Black Artist Tiles made from their Artagain coal black paper using Sakura’s White Gelly Roll Pen and General’s White Pastel Pencil.   TIPS for Working with White Gelly Roll Pens and Shading on Black When using white pen on black, do not expect to do super fine line work like you can do with a Micron Pigma Pen because the white ink gelly roll is thicker, opaque ink and will not glide across the page with the same flow as the Micron Pigma Pen. Repetitive lined tangles are quite rewarding and showy on black. Speed is not your friend when using white ink pens, a slower more deliberately drawn line will have a more even appearance. Occasionally you will get a blob on the tip of pen that will transfer to the line. TIP: While working, I regularly wipe tip with a bit of tissue to keep blobs at bay. Going over white ink can reactivate the ink already on the paper and leave strange marks that are difficult to cover. White fill is difficult to do well, but a slow deliberate line side-by-side is very helpful for a more even fill. White Pastel Pencil is an excellent shader on black.  You can also experiment with the White Zenstone for a lighter more ghostly shadow. If you want a very even line or fill, consider using Sakura White Glaze Pen. Glaze creates an embossing effect that is very smooth and slightly raised.  It has its own set of variables to be aware and is a post for a different day. If you are interested in the purchasing the Sakura White Gelly Roll  and Glaze Pens, Black Strathmore Tiles, White Pastel pencil, visit my store at SoftExpressions.com Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule & FREE Tangled Expressions Meeting the 3rd Thursday Soft Expressions, Anaheim California CLICK HERE NOTE: If you are looking for Zentangle Supplies, Sakura Gelly Rolls, Pastel & Watercolor pencils, Zentangle books , check out Sharla’s store: SoftExpressions.com for the full line. If your guild or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes contact Sharla Tangled Expressions Blog Newsletter Sharla has created a Pinterest board where she shares her love of expressive quilts, fiber art, arts & crafts, Zentangle, painting, drawing and more. Find color and design ideas, helpful tutorials, Zentangle Patterns, and more. Tangled Expressions Group on Facebook Follow Sharla & Join in with sharing, comments & remarks.  ...

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Renaissance Tiles: Mooka Blues & Tans by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals | 0 comments

Renaissance Tiles: Mooka Blues & Tans by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Exploring Mooka on the new Renaissance Tiles is an unveiling of how color interacts on the tan.  The tan color is so rich and takes each pen and shading choice like a new set of clothes.  Each one has its very own feel and yet each choice so far has been very opulent and rich. Each time I try a new pen color or shading technique on the Renaissance Tiles I fall in love all over again.  Here is a series of 3 different renditions on the new Renaissance Tiles using the Micron Pens in Blue, Black, Brown (rusty brown) & Sepia (darker brown). Below Example Sepia Pen is a dark brown that looks almost black but adds a real warmth to Renaissance Tile Below example uses Black Micron Pigma Pen by Sakura and has a much cooler feel on the warm Renaissance Tile   This example uses Blue Micron Pigma Pen by Sakura shaded with General’s Ultramarine and White Pastel Pencils. The blue has an amazing effect that enriches the Renaissance Tile in an unique way Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule & FREE Tangled Expressions Meeting the 3rd Thursday Soft Expressions, Anaheim California CLICK HERE NOTE: If you are looking for Zentangle Supplies, Sakura Gelly Rolls, Pastel & Watercolor pencils, Zentangle books , check out Sharla’s store: SoftExpressions.com for the full line. If your guild or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes contact Sharla Tangled Expressions Blog Newsletter Sharla has created a Pinterest board where she shares her love of expressive quilts, fiber art, arts & crafts, Zentangle, painting, drawing and more. Find color and design ideas, helpful tutorials, Zentangle Patterns, and more. Tangled Expressions Group on Facebook Follow Sharla & Join in with sharing, comments & remarks.  ...

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