Black and White….. and Gold, oh my! I’ve been having fund playing with tangling on our black tiles this week, Getting ready for our workshops at Gallery at the VAULT in Springfield, VT this Saturday, October 26! At 9:30AM we’ll be teaching another Intro to Zentangle class, and at 1:30 we’ll be Tangling on Black, with white and gold and looking at reverse shading!
When I have time, I like to stop by The Diva’s challenge blog for a little inspiration, and as I missed last week’s challenge with pointillism and tangles, I decided to do this week’s challenge, a Duo-Tangle with Fengle and Quandry, but in the style of the previous challenge, and on black tile! Whew… that was fun! I find it’s useful to slow WAY down when using white gel pens on black anyway, and doing this with dots really made me slow down and be more intentional with my mark making. When using just dots, you can focus on making areas with highlights more sparse and those with more shade more dense. Reverse that when working on black and white.
Here’s what I ended up with, although I used the new Zen Stone for more subtle highlights, the camera picked up more light in the photo than is really on the tile:
Here a few more of this week’s experiments. I used my white Y&C Extreme gel pen, and accentuated some areas with gold Y&C Extreme… I love these pens especially when working on dark paper jewelry. You can find them as a pack of metallics here: Yasutomo Gel Xtreme Metallic Pens. The white pen comes in the Pastel set, or you can check with your local art store (Zephyr Designs in Brattleboro has them, as does Baker’s)
The next tile features the very tricky to shade tangle ‘Crusade’. Here I used the Zen Stone and a White Prismacolor pencil on the highlighted sides instead of the shaded sides of the pattern. Believe it or not, no gold here… there goes that camera again!
The last tile I decided to go with more organic patterns, some I’ve used before when making ‘tangled gardens’. This particular combo had a ‘sea floor’ sort of look. I used the Zen Stone for the highlights.
Come join us this Saturday if you’d like to try white on black (with some gold) for yourself! We have a few extra Zen Stones available as well, plus a couple you can try in class! Register directly with Gallery at the VAULT.
P.S… and if that isn’t enough.. here’s a preview of some of the goodies we’ll be making in the Tangled Pendants and Jewelry Workshop on Nov. 16 (just a few spots left in this one)