Friday, June 8, 2012

Zendala tiles in color

I love the striking contrast of black and white, but I also love colors, preferably bright.

Oh my, that's a verse! :
I love the striking contrast 
of black and white,
But I also love colors, 
preferably bright.









This blue/green mandala was done on a blank Zendala tile. I used the apple corer gadget and some small circles as a templates. You can read a little more about the apple corer gadget here.
Tangles: Black Pearlz (in green!), Drupe, Shing, Tipple,
stripes with highlights, and triangles

This fuchsia mandala was done on a pre-strung Zendala tile from Zentangle. It turned out particularly well I think!
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Copada, O-bob, Phuds, Tipple

The six divisions of one of the Zendala tiles made me think of a snowflake. I used blue inks, and tangles that were either divided in six sections and/or very angular. I put a pale blue wash on at the beginning. Now I'm not sure it was a good idea; the 'snowflake' would stand out better if it were white.
Tangles: Afterglo, Aura, Rain, Wunderwall and stripes with highlights.

13 comments:

  1. OK, I have to ask you what you use for coloring? Colored pens and a wash? Pencils? Watercolor?

    (I've been following you for a year now - I first "discovered" you during 30 days of creativity 2011 - Love your work!)

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    1. Zentangle uses Sakura micron pens, 01 size, in black. So I just shifted to color. Sakura makes 01 pens in about 8 colors. You can get more colors in 05 size. (Other good archival brands are Faber-Castell's Pitt artists' pens and Zig, although I don't know about colors in those.)

      I have a set of Derwent watersoluable colored pencils which I occasionally use to lay a wash down. I always do this first for some reason. Sometime I must try adding washes after I do the ink tangles. Sometimes I also use an acrylic wash.

      For the shading I use Prismacolor pencils, or occasionally Prismacolor's Veithin pencils - they're a harder lead and good on some papers.

      Hope this helps! :)

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    2. Sorry, that should have been VERITHIN pencils.

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  2. Gorgeous, as usual. I keep meaning to make my Zendalas in color, but I like them so much in black and white that I haven't yet. It never occurred to me to do one monochromatic. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. I find monochromatic a really easy shift from black (and white), and by now I've pretty much sorted out which colored pencils work with which pens. Give it a go!

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    2. I too, was skeptical of color in Zentangles! But saw some awesome pieces and decided to give it a try. I like it almost as much as blk/wh, but blk/wh is my all time favorite to do!!!

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  3. these all turned out great! i love color :). i find your first tile particularly interesting - some new patterns for me - and i really like the blue/green color play!

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  4. Really beautiful. It's hard to choose, but I think the red one is my favorite.

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  5. Love these!! I tried to click on the link for the apple corer gadget but it says I don't have permission?

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    1. Thanks for alerting me Suzanne! I believe I've corrected it now. (I think the links went to my personal, editable version of the page rather than the public one.)

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  6. Margaret your work is so inspirational! I have been staring at my brand new tin of Mandala tiles for a month now and haven't had the nerve to try it - today is the day!

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  7. I swear every time I visit your blog, I see more and more beautiful images. You are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

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