I’ve started using a #2 blending stump for smudging the pencil shading instead of my finger – and have found it very effective – much easier to control the shading, to move it where you want, and smudging the pencil it really makes it look smoother and more natural.
In Day 5 of One Zentangle a Day Krahula introduces the idea of sparkles. These are a way of enhancing our images. They are meant to be little spots of caught light and are achieved by lifting the pen as we draw.
In today’s ATC (Artist Trading Card – a rectangle shaped piece of paper instead of the square) I’ve put sparkles in my Knight’s Bridge and also into my very wobbly Printemps waves. I’ll admit that beyond this day I’ve struggled with sparkles a bit, and only remember to use them when I actively remind myself.
My image looks like a bird rising from the seas, or hanging down from a tree. A bird stuffed full of bubbles of bright ideas or gassy responses. A bird with a beak sealed by a curse - pledged tight to utter not a word. A bird with concrete curls for hair - living beneath an insect's nest, each cell set to burst.