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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

More Black, White & Gold by Sharla R. Hicks

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


Zentangle Tile by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher with Cubine & Purk
Zentangle Tile by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher using Cubine & Purk. Highlighted with shading and gold metallic gelly roll pen accents.

I am deviating away from the black tiles to share with you how I use the Gold in combination with black ink and graphite shading, so yes it fits into the black, white and gold theme this month.

I have found that enhancing a White Zentangle tile with shading and gold is a very interesting combination.  The special quality of this combination makes the Gold Metallic Gelly Roll a must have in your arsenal of Zentangle tools.

The below tile had large black voids that turned out to be too large and felt boring.  It occurred to me that perking up the tile with gold may be just the trick to counter balance the large boring spaces with a touch of glitz.  I am quite pleased with the results. Continue reading

Mooka Gallery 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

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 Renaissance, and Mooka on Black 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. Continue reading

Mooka on Tan with Purple Pen by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, CZT

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

Mooka on Tan with Red Pen by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, CZT

Mooka on Tan with Red Pen by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, CZT © 2014

 

 

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. Continue reading

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.

TIPS for Working with White Gelly Roll Pens and Shading on Black Continue reading

Renaissance Tiles: Mooka Blues & Tans by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

 

2014-5-Mooka Tan by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher Copyright 2014

Mooka Tans 2 by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2014: Sepia Brown Micron Pigma Pen with White Pastel Pencil

Sepia Pen is a dark brown that looks almost black but adds a real warmth to Renaissance Tile.

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). Continue reading

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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Influences: Early Mookas by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

1st mooka back in 2011 by Sharla R. Hicks done at Certified Zentangle training, I had much to learn. Check out my Mooka Blues Series that I posted last week.

LESS than SUCCESSFUL, 1st mooka back in 2011 by Sharla R. Hicks done at Certified Zentangle Training, I had much to learn.

Oh my goodness my first Mooka tangles were  less than successful, I put it here so my students and fellow tanglers can see there is hope!

How does one go from very shakey beginnings  like this ones to the Mooka Blues Series and even my early Mooka attempts?

I attended Certified Zentangle training in February 2011 and learned the new tangle Mooka that had not yet been published for the public AND it really was in flux as to what its official name would be. Rick and Maria (Zentangle Founders) settled on  Mooka which is so perfect.  I can not image calling it anything else.

Mooka gave me the willies and I did not return to it for six months when I was motivated by the fact that my first set of Zentangle classes back in 2011 was coming up so I had to get a handle on the tangle.  Turns out that fear was unfounded and doing a journal page of just Mookas without any expectation of perfection had me up to speed on the essence of the basic Mooka.  Also that struggle gave me really good ideas on how to better teach Mooka to my students and remains a staple in my Zentangle Class Series which is up to 8 classes.

With a little practice I was on my way to discovering that Mooka is one of my go-to tangles when quiet mindfulness is needed.  When I am dry and need a push to get in the Zentangle frame of mind, a quick Mooka tile is just the ticket.

Below are early works experimenting with Mooka in 2011. Continue reading