I had the pleasure of teaching a fantastic Renaissance Zentangle® class recently.
We tangled our first tile with some familiar and new patterns exploring the use of black and brown Micron pens. I asked everyone to look at the tangled tile, and I noticed they weren't quite impressed… yet.
Then the magic started to happen. As each student applied shading, highlights, and colored contour, the tiles transported us back to the Renaissance days of chiaroscuro art. The tiles came to life filled with vibrant texture all created by different pencils. The room filled with oohs and aahs! I am still in love with the Renaissance tiles for this very reason.
I think the tiles make it easier to begin to play with color in a way that is warm and comforting without needing 100 colored pencils, although that is wonderfully fun too. I love how these tiles pop with just a little added highlight. It becomes fun to adorn tangles and to see how dramatic the tiles can become.
Check out the amazing tiles that everyone created: