Friday, August 21, 2015

I Walk the Line

"No one ever discovered anything new by coloring inside the lines."    Thomas Vasquez

My drawings in this post are going to be a little different than my usual style. As a matter of fact, you may not even consider this true Zentangle art. But whether it is or not, I'm having a lot of fun with this. For some time I've admired other people's drawings that I would call line art, or something like that. I've wanted to try it out for awhile, but just now got around to making the time for it. 

I worked on these pieces last week, and then saw the Diva's guest challenge from Sharla Hicks, CZT, to use undulating tangles. I think what I did fits in that category pretty well. I'm sharing my first few pieces here. It took a little time to get into the groove of it, so my favorite one is the last one. 

Here's the first, completed with a Micron 01 on an official Zentangle tile. I was pretty happy with it considering it was my first. I realized after completing this that it's similar to the tangle pattern Meringue, by CZT Kelley Kelly. If I look at it that way, then it is a true Zentangle - a monotangle.



Next I worked on the one below, also on an official tile. As I drew, my hand began moving in a rhythm, and it was very relaxing. I'm not sure about those outside humps, but overall I like it. This one is not yet shaded.



Using my famous pastel pencils, I added purple coloring and then some shading and contouring with a pinkish-reddish pencil. And again, except for those humps I'm unsure of, I was happy with the way it turned out.



Then I tried a flowery design on a Zendala tile, which I colored with Tombow markers and shaded with Prismacolor pencils. Not bad, but I don't think the lines flow as well.



My last one for now ( I figured it was time to stop drawing and put these together in a post) was completed on Strathmore gray toned paper. Like I said at the beginning, this is the one I like best. I tangled with a Micron 01 pen and then added the outline with white pastel pencil. I thought of using a white gel pen but was afraid of messing it up. With the pastel pencil I knew that I could always erase it if I didn't like it (don't tell anyone I just said that!)



I found this process to be very relaxing. My pen didn't even leave the paper when completing a section. I just drew a line and then turned and went back, never lifting the pen. I will absolutely be doing lots more of these and already have ideas in my mind for changing them up a bit. So expect to see more of these type of drawings showing up here in the very near future.

19 comments:

  1. Very lovely. I like your color choices too.

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  2. These are all beautiful Caren! I absolutely love the last one. I have some grey paper like that somewhere and I must dig it out and try this. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Michele! The grey and tan papers are always fun to work with.

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  3. So lovely and so many! The last one is my favorite.

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    1. Thanks Anne! The more I did the more I found my "style".

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  4. I agree that it is similar to Meringue. Yours look great. They all have a nice flow. I disagree with your assessment of the Zendala. I think it flows very well. Is a beautiful organic Zendala.

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    1. Thanks Donald. We're always most critical of ourselves.

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  5. beautiful work, the purple is my favorit :)

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    1. Thank you Ulrike. I like the purple one too.

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  6. You tiles are fantastic! Each of them has something special. I love most the last one withe the white shapes- this is dramatic!

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    1. Thank you Simone. They were all a lot of fun to make.

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  7. ^5 on erasers! I love the flower...it looks like a poinsettia.

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  8. What a great series! I love the line work, love the ones with colour, and really love the one done on the grey - the white outline makes a great statement.

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    1. Thanks Sue. More will be coming soon.

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  9. Great tiles Carmen. I love the line drawing, or as Sharla puts it "undulating s's and c's". I have gone a bit crazy with them too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Pat. The work that you posted was part of what inspired me to do this. Love yours.

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  10. All your tiles a wonderful. Can't wait to see the next ones.

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  11. These are all a lot of fun and I enjoy you experimenting and showing us. In the last one I love the white outline!

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