Wednesday, September 15, 2010

All Coloured Up.

In my last class i was asked why Zentangles® were done with Black pen and pencil.

My answer was this:
By sticking with black, white, and gray - you eliminate a potential artistic block. 

There is no being stumped by what colour to start with, there is no worrying about what colour to try next, there is no stress about will the colours you chose look nice together.

There is simply:
  • a Black Pen 
  • a White Tile
  • and various shades of gray

This is not to say that you can NOT use colour when creating a Zentangle inspired piece.  On the contrary, there are no "Rules" to follow.  I have seen Zentangle being incorporated into many absolutely stunning pieces of art! (As an example, take a look at the work of my CZT partner in crime Margaret Bremner's work)

In fact, as we approach our Full Day Workshop in October i have found myself, in the past few days, immersed in colour in anticipation and preparation for one of the potential workshop projects!

Still keeping with the Monochromatic theme that is Zentangle, i used coloured pens and coordinating coloured pencil crayons for shading.

Rider Pride? if only i was into football.

I didn't have any of the Sakura Micron Pigma pens in coloured ink so i just used what i had lying around - which were Staedtler Triplus Fineliners which did the trick.  One thing was absolutely certain, the Staedtlers were NO Microns.  I had a very difficult time controlling the fineliners, they were a bit TOO smooth to have the control that i wanted, that i was used to getting with the Microns.  I found myself getting flustered with how my lines were not as steady as i knew they could be, and i was totally losing my 'zen'.

This one reminds me candy.

Don't get me wrong, the Staedtlers are a fine pen.  I'd go as far as to say - one of my favourites - for writing purposes... but after doing a few Zentangles with them, i began to appreciate why Rick and Maria use and promote the Sakura Micron Pigma pens.
I like this one, but the colours didn't coordinate as well as i'd hoped

It's nice to change it up a bit and do something different, but next time i will get my hands on some high quality tools to ensure a high quality experience.


  1. These are beautiful, Laura. I'm looking forward to hearing about your workshop...I know it will be tons of fun.

  2. These are great, Laura. I did a similar exercise with a purple Micron I have with purple pencil. Wonderful surprising results! ~Donna (CZT in North Texas)


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