"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." Twyla Tharp
It's been a while since I did the Zendala dare, and I like the template this week so I decided to jump in. I pulled out my Strathmore toned paper, thinking I'd use the tan paper, but changed my mind and used the gray instead since I've done very little on the gray. I try to remember to scan my design before shading it, although I admit that doesn't always happen. Today I did remember, so here is my Zendala without any shading.
Next I used pencil to shade. It never fails to amaze me what a difference some pencil shading makes in a piece.
Then I used a white charcoal pencil to add highlights. Even more amazing what those highlights do for it.
I'm pretty happy with the results, though I'm not sure if I should have blackened in the center spot. But I do have to say that I think I like the tan paper better than the gray. I'm not sure why, especially since I have gray paint on some of the walls in my house and I don't usually like tan in clothes, walls, or anything else. I guess Zentangles are the one thing that goes better with tan for me.