Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Enyshou, today's MacNCheese

The Diva Challenge this week is to use your MacNCheese tangle, or comfort tangle.  Mine can vary from time to time, however I always get lost in Enyshou, even on a small Bijou tile (approximately 2 inches square).  Today, in keeping with the 30 days of coloring challenge, I did mine in Rose Pigma micron and shaded with a CretaColor watercolor pencil.  If you're viewing this from the card-making/coloring world, be sure to check out the Zentangle® world over at the Diva challenge, and if your a tangle fan, be sure to check out the coloring examples.  I think you'll find they blend, hilight, compliment and contrast each other well just like any fascinating art piece!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Crescent Moon 3Z

Inspired by Rick and Maria's kitchen table tangles videos (available on the Zentangle® Mosaic app) and my new set of Sakura PNs I decided to tangle on a pre strung 3Z I had thanks to a friend of mine (thanks Deana!)

I got the set of 8 PNs that I found on Amazon.  I believe they have the same ink as the microns.  According to the package, they have a "Durable, flexible nib for fine to medium line widths.  Archival ink is water proof, chemical and fade resistant, bleed free, quick drying and ph neutral."  The package says .45 mm. I found the list of colors when I went to the web site....black, red, blue/black (I love this one), blue, rose, burgundy (I thought it was brown, but nope, burgundy! Very nice!), purple and sepia (which is actually a very dark brown).  The web-site also clarifies that you can obtain  fine or medium line width depending on your personal writing pressure (0.4mm - 0.5mm). This equates roughly to the 05 Pigma micron which is listed as being 0.45mm.

As you can tell from my 3Z of Crescent moon, you can get a very fine line with a light touch.  Each side of the triangle is approximately 3.5 inches long.

I used the rose, and both blue and blue/black.  In comparison, I also used a graphite (that's the color) Graphik 0.1 line maker by Derwent.  It is a lightfast pigment ink and I love that the color mimics pencil but you don't worry about smudging.  To compare line widths, check out the gray in the center of each corner (I used the PN in blue/black and Graphik in graphite in all three corners.  Instead of graphite pencil shading, I opted for Polychromos colored pencils.  

And in case you missed my post about those magnolias, they were created with watercolor pencils and a stamp set from Altenew.  You can find my post here.

Magnolias for her

I've been trying a little more no-line coloring with this beautiful stamp set, Magnolias for Her from Altenew.  I stamped onto a watercolor block by Winsor & Newton Cotman, cold pressed using tattered rose distress ink by Ranger.  Initially I planned to trim down the piece to fit an A2 card base.

I'm still participating in the 30 day coloring challenge.  Even though it's not a requirement to color each day, I've managed to do just that, so far this month.  I lost track however of how many days I worked on this project.  Perhaps 4 days?  I believe this early picture was my progress the first day, pretty tentative with my color.  I actually used water with my CretaColor Aqua monolith pencils (I've been using them dry lately, they are so creamy and blend nicely). 

At this stage, I was really happy with the result, it put a smile on my face!

I drew in branches with a sepia Sakura Pigma micron and added some background color.

And the full final version.  I'm so happy with it that I can't bear to trim it down....I spaced the blooms too far apart for an A2 card.  It may be a keeper.  Or I may make a larger card than usual...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St Paddy's Day

Just a little fun for the day.  A shamrock Waybop or shamWAYrockBOP! Skwim also showed up along with Fescu and Flux.