Friday, April 17, 2015

Traced object strings (and tiles!)

I'm just back from vacation in Moab. Had a blast drawing, walking, met up with my brother, I even met a CZT who attended the first CZT class! An added bonus was she introduced me to Taiko drumming. Wow! So as it turns out, the first class had a few tangles that didn't make the final cut. I got to see some of those early tangles. Some ended up slightly different or with a different name, or maybe it was a technique vs a tangle, but there were a few I wanted to try right away.

This week's Diva Challenge #213 is to use traced objects as your string. Game pieces were suggested among other things. Hmmm, what could I use? Went to my craft room and, (Of Course!) die cuts!! Some were just flat out too elaborate, but I pulled out some extras that were more basic.  I seldom throw anything out, never know when you might need it! And these seemed like a nice selection.
I'm working on journal covers and dividers for my bullet journal. I decided to try this out on black Strathmore Artagain paper (60 lb) cut to size for my journal which is exactly half a sheet of standard paper or 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". I have already punched and bound the blank pages in my journal so I can work on them whenever I want... The idea is to take it apart and laminate anything that will see heavy use after the artwork is completed then re-bind it. For more info on my original bullet journal check out this post.

This is what the page looked like after tracing two standard Zentangle® tiles and some of the die cuts with a white pencil. I think I used a General's charcoal white.
Next I used Sakura Gellyrolls in white and the moonlight set. For shading, I tried using them as a watercolor using Sharla Hicks suggestion here. It's a cool technique that I likely wouldn't have thought of on my own. It didn't work fabulous on the thinner black paper (but I think heavier white would be great) but some of that could have been my technique needs practice. I ended up also adding Cretacolor Aqua monolith woodless watercolor pencils and Stabilo CarbOthello pastel pencils. Because of the pastel pencils, I did finish it off with a sealer.

New (old) tangles used: Mesa, Musekick and Whelk. You'll also find: Meer, Paradox, Chard, Athitzi, Spokes, Static, 'Nzeppel, Isochor and Yincut.


  1. Wow! I love the colours, especially on the black, and the combination of patterns.

  2. The lined color on black looks like beautiful lace. Nicely done!

  3. Both beautiful and great strings made by you.

  4. This is beautiful! And thank you for the reference to Sharla's information on shading with different pens/colored pencils and her preferences. She is not that far from us and I really should take a class or two from her. Your work this week is stunning ...loving the use of the moonlight pens.

  5. Nice variety of diecuts. I love the colors on the black background, it pops so beautifully. I really like the moonlight pens and may have to really try some to see if I can accomplish anywhere near what you did with this. Beautiful tiles.