|The fruits of my labours - all shapes and sizes, but all black and white|
I didn't buy the pack, but wanted to join in with the fun - especially when I heard that the theme was No Mistakes - which is one of the central tenets of the Zentangle Method. Apparently the Pack contains pens and also a special booklet, with black ink blots, drops, splashes, dashes and smears on each page. In the videos we are guided to tangle back and forth between the black and white sections, switching pens as we go.
I decided to make do with whatever materials I had to hand. Lengthy discussions took place among fellow tanglers about how best to create our ink blots. I used a few different techniques - with differing difficulty and success.
On this first tile I deviated a bit from what Maria did - I used Tipple and Diva Dance around my Mooka instead of her Crescent Moon, and once I'd done this on one tile I brought little pops of those in on the other days too, just to help tie my set together.
More pearls, Printemps and Melting Mooka, and Diva Dance
and Tipple on an Inktense blackened square tile
This was my favourite day - something about Melting Mooka
really appealed to me - the way it grows and forms those
sections ripe for filling
Indyrella, Tipple, Diva Dance on a Bijou tile
coloured with Inktense
I struggle with Indyrella, it takes focus to keep it neat,
hence choosing to do just a little tile on this day!
An embedded word on a rectangle of Medioevalis paper - 8 x 11cm
I applied a swipe of black Distress Ink across this tile
Pure pleasure to pick a word - a word I need a great deal right now -
and then watch it disappear, while still remaining
I had a great time following along with the Zentangle videos, absorbing the enthusiasm and skill that the team share in each and every one. It's been great seeing how others respond to these same projects. I think this is a technique that I'll revisit again and again - I'm already busy researching the best black and white inks to buy to help me create even better tiles to work on. I can also see that the technique could be adapted to work with colours too - particularly the deeper ones.
Keen eyes might also have noticed that I'm trying to make better used of my chop (the initials I use to sign my tiles once finished). Often I just stick it in somewhere without much thought - but I'm trying to make it sit more mindfully and creatively within my tangling - with success on a few of the tiles, and on one I forgot it altogether!