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SharlaRella inspired botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2015

The S and C curve in Zentangle Gallery: Artist Sharla R. Hicks, CZT

My SharlaRella and Indyrella Series began in early 2011 and continues on today. Take note that with each exploration in the gallery my tangling techniques, design and shading skills grew. The daily practice of Zentangle and exploring the same Tangle in a Series produced a creative explosion of new and exciting variations.

This week I was the guest blogger on the I Am The Diva Blog and I choose to featured some of my favorite tangles in I Am The Diva Weekly Challenge #231,  “The Undulating Tangles in C and S minor”:  Indyrella, it’s variation SharlaRella, and Isochor. I have illustrated the steps . . . Enjoy the Gallery Continue reading

Zentangle Class Example by Sharla Hicks

Zentangle Classes: Dance of the Tangles & Botanicals

Current Schedule at Soft Expressions.com warehouse in Anaheim, CA, USA: CLICK HERE

The Zentangle Dance is an eight class series that starts with the basics and moves you into learning how botanicals can evolve from almost any tangle.  This class will have you on your way to finding your own tangle style.  Visit the link for more details.  Below are examples of the tangles and techniques that will be taught.  Learn how to use white, black, tan, gray tiles and paper choices with multiple methods of shading enhancers.  Hope to see you there!

Explore the Magic of Zentangle® Where Anything is Possible ....One Stroke at Time with Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher Being an Artist is NOT required & Artists are Welcome

Explore the Magic of Zentangle® Where
Anything is Possible ….One Stroke at Time
with Sharla R. Hicks
Certified Zentangle Teacher
Being an Artist is NOT required &
Artists are Welcome

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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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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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