Tuesday, 7 May 2013

MCC Time to Tangle with Colours - More Wk 2

Links: MCC (My Creative Classroom), Marie Browning

In the second week Marie included a very detailed tutorial on how to colour the tangle Purk using a combination of the Irojiten pencils with Tombow Markers & the Blender Pen. I set out to replicate her illustration using my Derwent Coloursoft pencils with the Tombows & Blender Pen on the Canson Mix Media paper (recommended by Marie as having the ideal amount of texture/tooth for layering the colours).


As I worked I realized that I wasn't getting the debris that I had previously when using the Coloursofts & experienced quite a thrill as I saw the tangle coming to life. I was just going to add the Tombows & Blender Pen as Marie had when my husband suggested that I leave it without blending & draw another. That was when I decided to test out a number of different methods of blending (see photo below & click to enlarge for details).


The 'homework' pencil project was to draw an organic Zendala & include the 'scrumbling stroke' when colouring it. I used scrumbling to fill in the lime/yellow areas & blended the other areas using a paper stump dipped in Sansodor. I was actually rather surprised that the Sansodor didn't cause the Pigma Micron I used for the tangles to smear whatsoever, having said that I always heat set prior to colouring when using the Pigma Microns.

tangles: Flux, Meer, Pokeroot, Sanibelle
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils blended with Sansodor & paper stumps
 on Canson XL Series  Mix Media 98lb/160g paper
White Pentel K118 Hybrid Gel Grip Pen used for highlighting

13 comments:

Aquarius said...

Some wonderful results here all carried out with your usual care and attention to detail. It is so interesting to see the variations using different materials. Thanks for sharing.

brenda said...

An interesting experiment Paula, looking at the blown op image your can see the Derwent does look to give a deeper intensity of colour.

Your beautiful circular piece has a rather regal feel to it and the symmetry really appeals to me.

B x

Dawn said...

Wow--these are so cool! The zendala is really beautiful, love the colors. Making me want to play around with my pencils and markers more!

jackiescrafts said...

These are lovely Paula and I love how you have shared your experimenting. Your attention to detail is as always impeccable

Jackie x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow again, love these Paula. The colours & design are beautiful. Have a great day, Shirleyx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Thanks for the info. Great tangling here. xxx

Deborah Frings said...

Wow! Paula - these are amazing! I love the shading on the blue tangle and the second one is just super! I really like the way you've taken the time to show the different blending too - very helpful.

I'm off to a Zentangle class tomorrow - really looking forward to it.

Sally H said...

fabulous tangling, Paula. The different colouring techniques are fabulous. Have you tried blending coloured pencils with a versamarker? I find it so easy compared to paper stubs and sansador.
Your mandala has a fabulous spring feel about it - apple blossom through a kaleidoscope, maybe?

Elaine said...

Great tangles Paula and such a useful guide to your colouring techniques. I love the texture in the blue areas. So useful to have that index. I saw a reference to using baby oil to blend yesterday and a mention of using a heat gun on pencil blending too, so there is so much to learn! Elaine x

GinaA said...

Beautiful examples Paula, the effect of shine and depth you have achieved on the Purk tangle is fabulous, while your Mandela is gorgeous . Your observations are so informative, thank you for sharing.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love that you've been experimenting with coloring techniques in you tangles. Your peaceful looking botanical mandala is spectacular, and would look stunning framed in a bedroom or living room area. Blessings!

Claire said...

Goodness me Paula, you really are a whizz with the tangling, such detailed work and so beautiful. I love your mandala, its stunning
Claire xx

Gill said...

Paula, such attention to details. I am totally in awe.