Posts made in August, 2014

Black, White & Gold, Oh My! by Sharla R. Hicks

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals | 0 comments

Black, White & Gold, Oh My! by Sharla R. Hicks

August and September 2014 Theme: Black, White & Gold in Zentangle. I have found the combination of White, Gold, and Black very intriguing. I do this on both Black and White Zentangle Tiles with fun and rewarding results. Today I am featuring several Black tiles I have done with Gold and White Sakura Gelly Roll Pens. The gold metallic gelly roll ink comes in medium pens resulting in thicker strokes and marks. Using a solid fill of metallic can be a little heavy feeling as shown in the example below. In the botanical example below, I decided to experiment using white gelly roll pen with cross hatching for the background and as solid fill.  Fill requires a slow application of the ink, drawing each line of white next to previous line.  When you run back over top of the white it will reactivate the ink and lift leaving uneven color.  The slowed down application gives you a cleaner fill with less black showing through. Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule Soft Expressions, Anaheim California & FREE Tangled Expressions Meeting the 3rd Thursday CLICK HERE Guilds & Business Organizations Schedule a Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops with Sharla CLICK HERE Zentangle Supplies Available 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. 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 &...

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White on Black Botanicals by Sharla R. Hicks

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals | 0 comments

White on Black Botanicals by Sharla R. Hicks

August & September 2014 Theme: Black, White, Gold & Glitz in Zentangle. Early botanical experiments from 2011 to 2013 on Black Zentangle Tiles, ATC cards and Strathmore Black Artagrain with white pen. If you want more information about using the white pen on black, check out my Tutorial on how to use White Pen on Black Tile, CLICK HERE I find  dot accents intriguing.     Checks and strips are always a great addition for a bold statement. My line continues to improve with each year. Humm 3 almost 4 years of practice helps. Check out my Tutorial on how to use White Pen on Black Tile, CLICK HERE  Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule & Free Tangled Expressions Meeting (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. 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 ask. Comments are...

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More White on Black by Sharla R. Hicks

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions | 0 comments

More White on Black by Sharla R. Hicks

August & September 2014 Theme is Black, White & Gold. I continued to be fascinated by how white goes on Black and occassionally revisit the technique.   I have more white than black tiles but I do find the challenge of playing with white gelly roll pen on black worth the effort.  Today I am looking at more White on Black Tiles. The examples rely heavily on line and fill to make a statement.  My choices to add white fill are used to add drama to the pieces. If you want more information about using the white pen on black, CLICK HERE go to my Tuturoial: TIPS for Working with White Gelly Roll Pens and Shading on Blacked, so feel free to ask.     The Frosty tangle is designed by Emily Perkins, a Certified Zentangle Teacher, to visit her Frosty step-outs, click here  I found Frosty  an absorbing tangle because it is a monotangle (one shape tangle) that intertwines and morphs similar to Tripoli but morphs into very interesting shapes and form that are different from the Tripoli..  Frosty requires mindful attention to stay on track with the pattern.    There is nothing quite like a taking Cubine for a walk in the park. The large fill areas can be challenging but remember to be slow and deliberate when doing the fill. CLICK HERE go to my Tuturoial: TIPS for Working with White Gelly Roll Pens and Shading on Black Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule Soft Expressions, Anaheim California & FREE Tangled Expressions Meeting the 3rd Thursday CLICK HERE Guilds & Business Organizations Schedule a Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops with Sharla CLICK HERE Zentangle Supplies Available 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. 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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White on Black Zentangle by Sharla R. Hicks

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals | 0 comments

White on Black Zentangle by Sharla R. Hicks

My theme for August  & September 2014 is Black, White, Gold and Glitz. Today I revisit White Gelly Roll on the Black Zentangle Tile. See my previous post for Mooka on Black and Mooka on Black 2. It has been my experience that some tangles work better than others. My preference is to select tangles that rely on line as their base stroke since the white gelly roll ink is thick and opaque. It takes some practice to learning how to hold the pen lightly for finer lines. I use the White Gelly Roll Pen by Sakura because it flows smoothly and has a great price point.  I also use White Glaze Pen and add sparkly accents with the Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen. (Available on my SoftExpressions.com webiste) Check out my Tutorial on how to use White Pen on Black Tile, CLICK HERE Below are examples showing light white to very opaque tangle lines. Early Zentangle works back in 2011     Glaze Sakura Pens creates a raised embossed effect and a very solid line. It comes in many color choices. Sakura also makes matte embossing pens called Souffle Both are available at Sharla’s Store SoftExpressions.com Time and practice are your friends when it comes to learning how the white pen lays down on the paper. This examples done in 2013 shows growth in control of the pen strokes.  Also note, that shading  is not always required as fine lines can be enough. Check out my Tutorial on how to use White Pen on Black Tile, CLICK HERE   Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule & Free Tangled Expressions Meeting (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. 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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