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Mooka Curves in White with Glitz on on Black by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2014

Gallery: Black, White, Gold & Glitz Inspiration by Sharla R. Hicks

A late addition to Black, White and Gold Glitz theme is a lovely mooka on black highlighted with gold that I completed in September.  Here I show you the two stages of the ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) before glitz  and after glitz.   I am never sure which I like better, I love the purity of the white only but I also love the added elegance and warmth that the gold offers.

Then keep on scrolling down and enjoy the Gallery  that groups all the Black, White, Gold & Glitz posted in August & September 2014 together in one spot . . . this gallery overview shows my personal growth in understanding how white pen works on black, the exploration of adding shading or just using line, and finally explores the wonderful world of glitzy metallic pens.  I am partial to Sakura Gelly Rolls because they are so smooth and the price point is excellent. Continue reading

Checkered Rose by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2014

White on Black Botanicals by Sharla R. Hicks

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

Create Bold Art: Aritst Trading Card (ATC) by Sharla R. Hicks, ©2011

Create Bold Art: Aritst Trading Card (ATC) by Sharla R. Hicks, ©2011Early 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.

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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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Mooka in Black 2 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

Yes I am continuing to explore Mooka in Black using the White Sakura Gelly Roll and General’s white pastel pencil.  See the previous post for hints and tips on using white pen on black.

This post explores combining leaf and floral botanicals with stylized Mooka Shapes and I am quite pleased with the results.

Botanicals are my things and I enjoy pushing boundaries of Zentangle by inventing my own personalized botanical shapes that are repeated across the overall design.  As you view the tiles you will see repeating design elements.  It is part of my process to test similar shapes over and over to see how different configurations work.

I like a 6×6″ size as it gives me just a little bit more room to play with organic forms.

Each tile is done on the 6×6″ Strathmore’s Black Artist Tiles made from their Artagain coal black paper using Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen and General’s White Pastel Pencil.  It is one of my favorite black paper surfaces because of how the pen glides across the smooth surface of the paper.

Mooka in Black 4 by Sharla R. Hicks copyright 2014 Mooka in Black 4 by Sharla R. Hicks ©2014 Continue reading

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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More Mooka Blues & Botanicals by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Today’s post includes three more additions with an obvious botanical edge to my Mooka Blues Series on 3.5″ Zentangle Tiles, using Black Micron Pen, and General’s Pastel Pencil or Derwent Watercolor Pencil for shading.

Zentangle TIP: Addressing the background of a Zentangle Tile adds sophistication and visually sharpens a busy piece.

Mooka Blues & the Poppy by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Mooka Blues & the Poppy by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014

Mooka Blues Plus by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher

Mooka Blues Getting Warmer by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014

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Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Mooka Blues & Botanicals by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

More Mooka Blues with a botanical influence.  It is a nice change to be working on the small 3.5 Zentangle Tile, Micron Pigma Pen & General’s Blue Pastel Pencil.  Sometimes I can do 1 or 2 pieces an evening.  More coming soon.

Mooka Blues & the Mum by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teachercks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Mooka Blues & the Mum by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Mooka Blues in Bloom by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher copyright 2014

Mooka Blues in Bloom by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014

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