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

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Galleries, Tutorials | 0 comments

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 If you want to learn more about the Zentangle Retreat I conduct on Zenspirational Botatnicals  near Big Bear Lake, CLICK HERE to check it out here. I also teach Zentangle Series of classes that move from Zentangle Basics into Zentangle Inspired Botanicals, CLICK HERE to check them out. IndyRella Steps by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2015 SharlaRella Steps, variation inspired by IndyRella by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2015 Iscochor by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2015 IndyRella I, first IndyRella of the SharlaRella Series, by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2011 Isochor on black Zentangle Tile by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT. Enhanced with white and gelly roll pen. Early in Series: SharlaRella 3 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2011 Zentangle Tile using SharlaRella, enhanced with Checks and Perfs bh Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher A year later, 2012, I was still exploring SharlaRella and shading Cubine on Black framed by undualting S curves by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 Undulating Sharla Rella included in Birds in Flight by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2013 SharlaRella on Gray Canson MiTeintes, black pigma pen, and white pastel pencil by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher SharlaRella in Green by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012. Green background and Clear Stardust Gelly Roll highlights the shading! Subtle and a little difficult to see, so enlarge picture. Green shading is Derwent GraphiTint Watercolor Pencil. Swirls and Waves by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT. In 2013, one form often presented itself in my personal Zentangle Botanicals. The S and C organic forms emerged from the SharlaRella Series. My journal pages below were published in: The Beauty of Zentangle Inspirational Examples from 137 Artist Worldwide by Suzanne McNeill, CZT and Cindy Shepard, CZT S and C curves are the foundation for Aquafluer, Renaissance Zentangle with brown pigma pen and white pastel shading by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT © 2014 Undulating S curves surround and fill Rixty by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2014. Gold Metallic Color Pencil used for shading. Sharla botanical work includes S curves and Mooka Included Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certifed Zentangle Teacher CZT © 2014 Shallow, undulating S curves fill the botanicals of Mooka in Black 4 by Sharla R. Hicks ©2014 The undulating S and C curve influence are in Golden Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT © 2014 The undulating S curves influences in the Renaissance Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 SharlaRella inspired botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright...

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Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat: Dance of the Petals and Leaves

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals, Tutorials | 0 comments

Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat: Dance of the Petals and Leaves

2015 Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat: Dancing With Petals and Leaves Southern California NOTE:  see our 2016 dates and details NOTE:  The Retreat has come and gone, CLICK HERE for 2016 details ADDED after retreat! What students had to say about the retreat! Holly Atwater of Ha Designs on Facebook I am thrilled to be one of the three who have already signed up for next year’s workshop!! Sharla’s workshops are small, intimate gatherings… So if you imagine learning in a small group with the opportunity of a one on one with the fabulous and inspiring artist, Sharla Conn Hicks, is something you would enjoy (and who wouldn’t?!)… you better register NOW! . (Thank you again, Sharla, for your guidance and encouragement!) Soooo… I just returned from the MOST AMAZING Zentangle® Workshop retreat EVER!! Sharla Hicks workshop, Zentangle Dance of the Petals & Leaves : Colorways & Mixed Media, was an absolute joy! The finished project shown was only a small portion of the art techniques that Sharla so passionately and thoroughly shared with us. We did mono printing, alcohol ink transfers, watercolor backgrounds, explored botanical patterns… this list could go on and on! I will be sharing more as I begin creating with the papers and explore the many techniques shown. Every day was filled with inspiration, from Sharla, her assistant Susan, as well as ALL the attendees! This weekend was not just about art… We also had Diana Hudson, a wonderful Cordon Bleu trained chef (and CZT) cooking the most scrumptious meals with everything prepared to perfection and presented on the loveliest of table settings. I definitely felt spoiled! I can’t say enough about the wonderful people I was able to get to know while at the workshop as well… When it was time to leave on Sunday I felt like I had made some life long new friends. Thank you, Sharla, for the fantastic opportunity to learn from you!   Kathy Dudek: I was fortunate to sign up for the retreat with Sharla. It was amazing, from 9 or 10 in the morning til 9 or 10 at night. The only thing we really had to bring were our pens. If you get the chance to take her botanical series, you should sign up immediately. I grew so much in my tangling, the gourmet meals were incredible, and the sharing was so wonderful. This retreat was of the highest quality, and I’ve attended 18 years of retreats both in tangling and also polymer clay. My husband (a CZT too) and I plan to attend next year. Sharla put her heart and soul to make this such a grand event. Ps her husband and Diana (a CZT chef) outdid themselves. Many, many thanks. ——————————————————————– Original Post: Instructor: Sharla R. Hicks CZT 5 & 11 Featuring LeCordon Bleu Trained Chef & CZT: Diana Hudson When: Thursday to Sunday NOTE: Each weekend is limited to 8-12 students Deposit: $100 holds space. Payment Plan available Includes: 20+ hours of instruction, Mixed Media Open Studio & Power Point Presentations Learn new and inventive ways to develop Zentangle Inspired Botanicals, the retreat goes beyond my botanical class series with new botanical tangles, color emphasis focusing on how to maximize mixed media when creating and enhancing Zentangle Inspired Art. Includes: Lodging, meals, snacks, drinks and even wine at dinner. MORE Details & Registration Information: CLICK HERE Introducing Sharla R. Hicks (that’s me) Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT 5 & 11) I trained under Zentangle® Founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher aka CZT in 2011 & returned again in...

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Zentangle Classes: Dance of the Tangles & Botanicals

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Tutorials | 0 comments

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...

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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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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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