In an effort to challenge myself to color outside my own lines, I've given myself a few ways to add color. Before I pick up my Micron pen, I decide if I'm going to use color. Here was my first tile in this experiment:
I tangled my tile but did not do any shading. I used Intense pencils, thanks to a lesson from Sandy Steen Bartholomew. I wasn't sure how the pencils and water would work on the Zentangle tile, but I was pleased with my first result. I love the vibrant colors these pencils give.
Next I worked on a Zendala. I divided my circle tile with an apple corer to give me some basic shapes. I used all grid-related patterns in the apple slice areas, but Copada by Margaret Bremner called to me for the outer rim. Here's the black and white version:
I have a bit of a flowchart approach in my mind with regard to coloring in my Zentangle artwork.
- Do I want to use color -- yes or no
- If yes, do I want to have a colored background, or do I want to color after tangling?
- Do I like the end result -- yes or no
- If yes, shade and finish
- If no, add color.