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Tangle-Inspired Botanicals, New Book by Sharla R. Hicks

Tangle-Inspired Botanicals by Sharla R. Hicks

Tangle-Inspired Botanicals by Sharla R. Hicks

Time spins and goals are met!

My new book is released late June 2017
Tangle-Inspired Botanicals

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Time speeds on and one day you look up and realize it has been quite awhile since you blogged.  Let me catch you up!

I have accomplished a couple of major goals in the gap between now and my last posting.  It is amazing how creative goals can gulps time and energy leaving little time or mind space for other things, like blogging.

Exploring the Natural World through Mindful, Expressive Drawing is the subtitle to the book because each chapter is introduced with my personal nature photography that showcases Zenspirational possibilities for expressive tangles and repetitive patterning guided by a synergistic partnership of “logic and intuition” for finding unique tangles inspired by your favorite florals, leaves, trees, reeds & weeds, landscapes, and more.

Tangle-Inspired Botanicals CHAPTER 1
Find Your Rhythm with the Dancing Duo: Logic and Intuition Explore Botanical Lines, Strokes, and Patterns 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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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