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Dark Metallic Sakura Gelly Roll Pens Package

More Metallic on Black by Sharla R. Hicks

August & September 2014 Theme: Black, White, Gold & Glitz
Glitzy Spinners by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012. using Sakura's Dark Metallic Pens

Glitzy Spinners by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012. using Sakura’s Dark Metallic Pens

I think I am close to ending this theme that explores the Black, White, Gold & Glitz theme found in many of my Black Zentangle Inspired Art Pieces done over the last 4 years.  Each time I revisited the Black Tile or the Sakura Gelly Roll Pens I discovered something new and exciting that I take with me.  In the previous post and this post and I found the beauty in these Glitzy studies of using closely related color together and the subtle, nuanced beauty it brings.

In my last post I missed giving out the details about the pen choices that make the metallics special.  The Sakura Metallic Gelly Roll pens have a set called Dark Metallic pens with very lovely shades that are grayed down and act as a nice foil to the purer metallic colors. They have a subtle color variation that you will see in the below examples. Continue reading

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

August and September 2014 Theme: Black, White & Gold in Zentangle.

Verdigoh & Squid in Black, White, and Gold by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher Copyright 2014.

Verdigoh & Squid in Black, White, and Gold by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle ©2014

 

 

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.

Between 2 Lines by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2014 done with White and Gold Sakura Gelly Rolls on Black Zentangle Tile.

Between 2 Lines by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2014 done with White and Gold Sakura Gelly Rolls on Black Zentangle Tile.

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.

 

 

Golden Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2014

Golden Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT © 2014


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White on Black part of the Botanical Series by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2014 done with White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and shaded with General's White Pastel Pencil

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.

Mooka in Black 4 by Sharla R. Hicks copyright 2014

Mooka in Black 4 by Sharla R. Hicks ©2014

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
Betweed Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, visit blog for more inspiration

Betweed Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher copyright 2011, , highlights are Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Pen by Sakura

 

Betweed Pear by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher

Betweed Pear by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2011: Done with White Gelly Roll, White & Black GLAZE PEN & General’s White Pastel Pencil.

 

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.

White on Black part of the Botanical Series by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2014 done with White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and shaded with General's White Pastel Pencil

White on Black, part of the Botanical Series by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2013 done with White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and shaded with line only

Check out my Tutorial on how to use White Pen on Black Tile, CLICK HERE


 

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Soft Expressions, Anaheim California
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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

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Renaissance Botanical 2 by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

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

Renaissance Botanical 1 by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Renaissance Botanical 1, Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

 

 

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.

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Botanical Monoprint by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Exploring the Artist Within & Influences

Botanical Monoprint by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Botanical Monoprint by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

 

Last week I was honored to give my lecture Creativity from the Heart, a Journey of an Expressive Artist to the Glendale Quilt Guild.  I review and revise my lecture before each presentation as I re-look at my personal artistic growth since the last time I did the presentation.

Each time a new insight is gained.  I continue to grow in my Botanical exploration. This is one of my latest experiments with alcohol ink monoprint & Zentangle Inspired Botanicals, expanding my floral interpretations & enhancing with Zentangle patterns

If you, your guild, or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes,  use the form below.

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Soft Expressions, Anaheim California
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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.


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