Botanicals

Botanicals & the Renaissance Tiles by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals | 0 comments

Botanicals & the Renaissance Tiles by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT

Exploring the Renaissance Tiles has been a rich and rewarding experience as the tiles nuances came to life under my fingers.  Adding shading with Sepia and White Pastel Pencils is like adding cream to coffee as it adds another layer of flavor,  beauty, and complexity to the artwork. The addition of Renaissance Tiles to one’s Zentangle repertoire is worth the pursuit.  If you have not experimented yet, don’t wait, you will be thrilled with the results.  Don’t know where to get the tiles, see Sharla’s Store link below. Looking for the Renaissance Zentangle Square and Zendala Tiles, brown Sakura Micron Pigma pens and pastel pencils? Go to my online store: CLICK HERE to go to Softxpressions.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 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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Aquafluer & Striping by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals | 2 comments

Aquafluer & Striping by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

The AquaFluer tangle designed by Maria Thomas, Zentangle Co-Founder is a great addition to the Zentangle repertoire.  Here are two, one on a  Zentangle Tile with graphite shading and the other on a Renaissance Tile using Brown Micron Pigma Pen by Sakura and shading enchanced with Derwent sepia watercolor pencil and General’s white pastel pencil. It fits so nicely into my botanicals but also appeals to my personal love of striping with its op-art flair that is supported with the Striping Tangle design by Maria Thomas (Zentangle founder).          I love Zentangle Patterns with an Op-Art Flair   I often use striping as a monotangle (one tangle only used over and over until it fills a tiles) or as a frame to highlight a design.   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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Mooka Gallery by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals, Galleries | 7 comments

Mooka Gallery by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Pushing the limits of a Tangle adds excitement to the daily practice of Zentangle.  One of my go-to / comfort Tangles that I like to push is Mooka. Below are many of my Mooka Inspired Zentangle Tiles and Art Pieces done from 2011 to present. I have been blogging about Mooka Blues & Mooka on the Renaissance Tiles over the last couple of months (May 2014, June 2014, July 2014) so I pulled them all together in this gallery presentation.  It is a revelation to see the growth that over three and half years of almost daily Zentangle practice produces in the work. Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule at Soft Expressions, Anaheim California, CLICK HERE FREE Tangled Expressions Friendship Group 3rd Thursday of the Month Schedule a Guild  or Organization Lecture & Workshop with Sharla Tangled Expressions Blog Newsletter MOOKA GALLERY Click Picture to Enlarge 1st mooka back in 2011 by Sharla R. Hicks done at Certified Zentangle Training, I had much to learn. Mooka by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011 Early Mooka Experiments by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011 Early Mooka Flower by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011 Early Mooka & Betweed by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011 Early Mooka Play in Cooper by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011 Mooka Intertwined by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2012 Mooka under the Sea by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011 Mooka Spider Mum by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2013 SharlaRella 5 is shaded with Graphitint Watercolor pencils using technique outlined in Shading Tutorial except this time I drew a watercolor pencil line directly on the tile and then used the Niji Waterbrush to blend and move color. Mooka Blues 3, Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, © 2014 Mooka Blues 4 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014 Mooka Blues 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014 Mooka Blues 1 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014 Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014 Mooka Blues & the Poppy by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014 Mooka Blues in Bloom by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 Mooka Blues 5, exploring the Botanical Side, by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014 Mooka Blues & Verdigogh by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014 Mooka Blues Getting Warmer by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014 The undulating S curves influences in the Renaissance Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 Mooka Tans 3 by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014 Mooka Tans 2 by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014: Sepia Brown Micron Pigma Pen with White Pastel Pencil © 2014 Mooka in Black by Sharla R. Hicks © 2014 Mooka in Black 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 Mooka in Black 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 Shallow, undulating S curves fill the botanicals of Mooka in Black 4 by Sharla R. Hicks ©2014 Mooka on Tan with Red Pen by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, CZT © 2014 Mooka on Tan with Purple Pen by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, CZT © 2014 Sharla botanical work includes S curves and Mooka Included Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certifed Zentangle Teacher CZT © 2014 The Golden Dot & Mooka by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2014. Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule at Soft Expressions, Anaheim California, CLICK HERE. FREE Tangled Expressions Friendship...

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Mooka and The Line, Oh My, by Sharla R. Hicks

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals | 2 comments

Mooka and The Line, Oh My, by Sharla R. Hicks

I am never sure where my Mooka exploration is going to lead me but today’s focus is on how line can stand on its own and make a powerful statement.  If you have been following my posts over the last couple of months, you will have noted that most of my work includes shading, but occasionally I do find that line is enough for the look I am trying to create. I continue to experiment with various ink colors on the tan tiles and include two more here today.  I repeat myself when I say, I am amazed at how well  alternate ink choices look on the rich surface of Zentangle’s new Renaissance Tiles.         My final addition to today’s post is  botanical inspired with my comfort tangle Mooka included.  Not sure if it is done yet, I may experiment with shading, but again I may not as this feels finished. Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule at 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....

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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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