|'Nzeppel fills a band of Shattuck and a section of Spoken.|
I worked on Strathmore tan toned tiles, trimmed to regular size.
I remember meeting 'Nzeppel - how my first use of it coincided with my first experience of using an official Zentangle tile. And of how it reminded me of fishnet stockings! I don't use it often, and when I do it's usually just a small fragment of Crazy 'Nzeppel. But I was interested to see how the tangle would fare in the full glare of the spotlight. (While you're at it be sure to check out some of the wonderful ways Margaret Bremner uses this tangle!)
|A mostly regular 'Nzeppel fills a Bales string.|
No highlights but gently built up shading (using a 4B pencil)
makes Bales rise from the tile.
I used other tangles as if they were strings, and then filled only with 'Nzeppel. It's a relaxing and forgiving tangle that really comes into its own once you add simple shading. I considered adding white highlights all over the tiles, but in the end just stuck with a tiny pop of brightness on those two graphite gems.
|'Nzeppel fills an Aquafleur - and two thin 'Nzeppel ribbons |
add a finishing touch. A grey gem adds a little shine.
I'd been toying with the idea of trying something different with 'Nzeppel for a few months and I'd imagined tangling these tiles during my Winter Inklings (I pictured fracture ice and frost patterns). But then I reached for three tan tiles, and noticed how they grew to resemble the dried leaves of late autumn. All colour mostly faded, leaving behind only the skeletons of who those leaves once were.