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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Blue off . . .

. . . the beaten path.

Maria writes,
One benefit of a 40 year-old studio is instant access to all sorts of artist "toys" I've collected over decades - beautiful papers, wild & crazy pens, hand-made inks, but most important of all, heart. This last one, "heart," is my true reward for having done something consistently for so many years, a confidence to try new things and a passion that doesn't worry about mistakes. This confidence and passion of heart is what we strive to make available to others through Zentangle . . . without the 40 year wait!
Maria created this piece as her contribution to Challenge #12 from Laura Harms, CZT - "Something Blue."


She describes her process . . .
This ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) started off with Arches hot press water colour paper with a heavy wash of blue gouache (an opaque water colour). When the paint was still wet (very wet) I added some drops of walnut ink around the edges. After it was completely dry, I used an oblique pointed pen with Dr. Martens Bleed-Proof white and a Sakura Pigma Micron 01 for the black lines.

I started with verdigogh because it is easier to place tangles around it than it around tangles . . . or maybe not . . who knows!

Here's her original before cropping.


When I was photographing this, I noticed the white ink joined in our fun and tangled itself within its own string.


Thanks once again to Laura Harms for creating this series. We encourage you to visit her blog and enjoy slide shows of previous challenges.

Click images for larger views.

25 comments:

Karen Woodbine said...

Maria, that is such a pretty piece. And, your heart is absolutely shining through this lovely art!

Claudia said...

Maria, what a beautiful ZIA! I'd like to take this opportunity by thanking you for bringing the joy of Zentangle in my life!! I can't do without it anymore... It brought back my creativity! Thank you so much.

Carole Ohl said...

Holy Moly, Maria:) What a beautiful feeling in this piece. I haven't started my challenge yet... I was waiting for my 'out of the box' moment. I think you have given me a big push to open the lid!! Thank you!

freebird said...

Now THIS inspires me! I have a different brand of ink but have switched to dip penning because gel pens and others just don't work. I love the combo of paint, inks and color. Wowsers!

Paula's Peanuts said...

Simply amazing!

i am the diva said...

LOVE!

ledenzer said...

This piece is amazingly beautiful!. Thanks for sharing your technique.

Enthusiastic Artist said...

Quite stunning. I'm speechless (well almost). How delightful! I love the tiny flecks of black against the white Betweed.
--Margaret

Sue Clark said...

Maria, Your art continues to blow me away! This piece is so VERY stunning!

kateri said...

This is beautiful Maria. I sometimes make painting I call breath portraits, where I do wet on wet watercolour, then add pools of a strong colour and blow at them through a straw. After it dries I use waterproof ink and/or graphite to make lines and suggestions of things I see, sometimes even a "tang;e-like" pattern. I never thought of using white ink, although I did try a gel pen once and it didn't work very well. I think I will try to find some white ink and give it a shot!

ps...when i first glanced at your painting I thought it was etched on a piece of copper. it's just beautiful.

Diane Lachance said...

Awesome!

stART said...

This is beautiful, Maria. What fun that the ink itself decided to participate! *G*

Ellen Wolters said...

Wow, Maria, it looks so fragile. Very, very nice!

Shelly Beauch said...

The highlights, the colour, the passion...pizzazz, a wonderful creation!

Sandhya said...

Wow...This is sooo beautiful...love it

wolfhowlings said...

What a delicate dancing ice dragon. Delightful.

Shirley said...

Maria,
This is beautiful. In my case, I collected these wonderful tools long before I knew how to use them or if I would ever really create art. I am approaching my 2 year anniversary as a "practicing artist". It is such a joy to review the progress of my work over this period of time. Zentangle is helping me discover new territory I never expected to find. Thanks for your heart and for Zentangle.

Shirley said...

Thanks for ZIA - Zentangle Inspired Art. I did a palm tree as a ZIA image last week at the Dead Sea.

Kit @ Dreamscribe said...

Amazing ZIA, Mia! xoxo

Mary Elizabeth said...

Breathtakingly beautiful!

Sue Doran said...

Spectacularly beautiful piece of art by a very talented person. I love it.

Mariƫt said...

Amazing, so very inspiring !

Heather Victoria Held said...

I don't know how I missed this entry!!! This is spectacular Maria! It jumps off the page! I love this piece of work!

xo,
Heather

Laurie Patterson said...

Beautiful. When I first looked at it I thought it was etching on glass, or maybe frost on glass or something like that. It has translucent or ethereal feel to it. Is the white ink really 3D?

Zentangle said...

The white ink has a bit of height to it, depending on how much weight I give the stroke. The pen I use is very pressure- sensitive, with the ability to make hairline strokes as well as VERY bold ones and depending on the thickness of the ink (which is really more like paint) This is what I usually use to letter. Maria