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Monday, July 9, 2012

Playing with Paper: Zendala Challenge

I like to use watercolor paper when I create my Zengangles and my Zentangle inspired drawings.  It is as close as I could find at the local craft store to the original tiles that you buy from Zentangle.com.  But in all honesty, it is the paper I chose to use first before I had any tiles from Zentangle and now, it is the paper that I prefer.  I like how it shades as well as takes the ink from the micro pens.  Despite this, I was excited at the added challenge from Erin to use different paper in the challenge this week.

After reading the challenge, I decided that I was going to use origami paper.  I love origami paper.  I think that it is beautiful.  However, I didn't have any.  So, I loaded up the kids and we went to the store.  If you've ever looked at origami paper, you'll know that there is a lot to choose from.  So many colors and patterns!  It was a bit over whelming.  Plus, I didn't need a lot of it.  Let's face it.  I will not be trying the beautiful art of origami.  I get type A about some things, but I don't think that I can be as precise as the folding requires.

I know! Zentangle like!
But, I digress.  While flipping though the paper I cam across paper that jumped out at me.  The black and white patterns said "HEY ZENTANGLE!" to me.  They are quite inspirational these little squares.  I think that I may hang up some in my studio or use them as background paper to display some of my Zentangles.  One thing I learned though is that that these patters are wonderful but they do not make great background to draw on.  I find that they compete with the eye against the drawing.  If I had to do it over, I would choose some larger patterns or some that are only color.  I also used Sakura Gelly Roll pens for the drawing.  I figured that the larger lines would help.  You'll have to be the judge on that though.  The origami paper also doesn't shade as well as watercolor paper.

Without further comment, I present my tries at the challenge.  I made three on the origami paper.  One in red, one in orange and one in black.



Again, I enjoyed the challenge.  I really love the paper that I found. But I don't think that together, they were successful.  Thanks Erin for another great Zendala template.  I really like this one.  So much that I am making yet another go at this template.  This time it is on a 12" X 12" canvas and using paint pen.  When I get it finished, I'll get a photo up.

Hope everyone has a great week!

9 comments:

  1. I'm the same as you - I always use watercolour paper for my zentangles as I like the weight and roughness of it, as well as being able to paint on it without fear of the paper rippling. Anyway I digress! I love your zendalas! Especially the red one - I like how the paper pattern shows through the pen - it makes it look transparent.

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  2. I love how the patterns in the background accent your tangles. Lovely work.

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  3. Love all three, but for me the first one is the winner.

    Annemarie Huijts

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  4. Wow, your black/white backgrounds are all effective and lovely. Not sure I have a favorite, though the color in the last two are so dynamic and eyecatching!

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  5. They are all very eye-catching. Nice job!

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  6. Very nice work. Lovely choice of paper, and tangles. The paper accents the tangles without overwhelming them.

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  7. i like how the red on black and white looks - very elegant! they really have some cool origami paper on the market, don't they!

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  8. Very nice work. You have some great ideas.

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