Monthly Archives: June 2014

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

SharlaRella 5, a comfort tangle, on Zentangle Tile shaded with Graphitints by Derwent by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2012

 

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.

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

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

 

Mooka in Black 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher copyright 2014

Mooka in Black 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014

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.

I like a 6×6″ size as it gives me just a little bit more room to play with organic forms.

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.

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

Mooka in Black 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher copyright 2014

Mooka in Black 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014

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.

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

 

2014-5-Mooka Tan by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher Copyright 2014

Mooka Tans 2 by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014: Sepia Brown Micron Pigma Pen with White Pastel Pencil

Sepia Pen is a dark brown that looks almost black but adds a real warmth to Renaissance Tile.

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). Continue reading