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
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