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.
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