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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Playing in the Shade

To explore the impact of shading, Maria created an unshaded Zentangle.



Then I made copies on several Zentangle tiles and we shaded them in different ways.














We discovered you can spend as much or as little time as you like with your pencil (just as with your pen). We enjoyed noticing how each Zentangle's character changed with its shading.

This was like a photography exercise using different combinations of framing, lighting, lenses and depths of field on the same subject.

Materials used:
  • Sakura® Pigma™ Micron 01
  • 2B pencil
  • Zentangle tile
  • finger tip
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10 comments:

Carole Ohl said...

All wonderful examples of how much fun shading can be.

And what is that beautifully awesome tangle to the right? Looks delicious.

Zentangle said...

drumroll.......this tangle is called BETWEED.....you may have heard of it.... It is very adaptable and I am excited about introducing it soon. It is fairly simple and complicated at the same time.....like Rick's Paradox. I have been playing around with it for a while so I can perfect it before introductions........ maria

Carole Ohl said...

Yes I've heard of that word:) And hooray for Adaptability! Looking forward to seeing how it's done. Thanks!

revbyrd said...

This is an excellent example, thank you. (I like the bottom one best)

Sue Doran said...

Wow! What differences shading makes, I like the one where the shading is mainly on the outside (3rd example of shading). Shading seems to me to be a bit like mood lighting, it can alter the whole feel of everything.

Shelly Beauch said...

Oh thanks, I do enjoy these bonus lessons!!

Bluejanem said...

I love how the shading gives movement to the patterns and brings the whole tangle together. Thanks for sharing this.
Jane

Genevieve said...

This is fascinating! I love the shading stage of a Zentangle, and seeing how a 2-D image becomes 3-D.

Rose said...

Wow, what a great study! When I saw this crazy zentangle, I thought it looked a lot like the way I feel when I wake up in the morning! haha... crazy stuff, Maria and Rick :)

Anna said...

How dramatic! I love how limitless the possibilities are....