My habit, when I begin to tangle, is to grab a square white tile; maybe once in a while, a blank white zendala. But I decided I would go over to the "other" side for a while and I got a stack of black Zentangle tiles. I wanted to really dive in head first and see what happens. At first, I began with simple strings on squares. Marking my corner dots, connecting them, drawing my string with a white charcoal pencil as I followed the basic Zentangle ceremony. Filled my sections with my go-to tangles, threw in a mac'n cheese tangle, and I let it draw me into its magic.
It did not take long for me to get hooked. I started to see opportunities not available to me when working on a white tile.
Like the original tile, the real magic appears when you add the shades of gray, but with black tiles, you also have the option of using a white chalk pencil or a Zenstone to add highlights and lighter tones. This added another dimension, not available when working on the white.
I then grabbed a new tool for working on black tiles – a gray Fabrico™ marker. For years we offered this gray dual tipped marker for working on fabric (T-shirts, sneakers, aprons, etc.) when one would ordinarily use a pencil if it were paper. I began using the gray marker to shade the black tiles and it was spectacular. You almost don't even see it, except for the before and after tiles – it darkens the white lines but doesn't affect the black paper so much.
I love the subtle nuances it creates. AND you can make it darker and darker by adding another layer of the gray marker. OK, this is way more fun than I should be having . . . .
Also, I played with going over the white lines more than once. The first line of white can partially soak into the paper. But once it dries and you add that second stroke, it is brilliant! (in more ways than one) You could create stripes, only redrawing every other one, or going over the top half of each stripe, or adding a highlight here and there. The textures are lovely.
SO . . . you may want to take a little walk on the wild side, and dance with your Gelly Rolls®, try out those shades of gray, go find your ZenStone, wiggle some dust on those tiles, rough them up a bit.
Experiment with old tangles and new . . . monotangles and borders.
Zendalas, both strung . . .
Show your wild side. . . .
We will randomly pick some commenters to receive a tile as our way of saying, "Thank you," for commenting on our blog.
We designed an introductory Black Tile Tool Set just so people could try tangling on black Zentangle tiles.
Updated October 7, 2015, to add:
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Molly received an email from our friends at Sakura of America . . .
Molly did that video a while back and we had totally forgotten about it when we did this blog post. We love it when that happens!
Oh yes . . . Here's the video. Enjoy!