And that brings us today. I have already worked a few slow shifts this week so I thought I was guaranteed an action packed Friday but
luckily no luck. So far today we have washed the ambulance, been to the bank and post office, had an uninterrupted lunch, taken a safety nap, and are you ready for this....I have completed 3 Zendala's. I'm sure you are dying to see them so how about we get to the Dare?
Zendala Dare #66
I'm really excited about this weeks template. You may remember that about 6 weeks ago I had a giveaway for a set of Mandala Stencils from Geneviève Crabe. Well, this week I received an email from the winner, Mariet, with a picture of her first handmade mandala template. It's a beaut and I asked if I could use it for this week's Zendala Dare. Luckily, she happily agreed.
As I was getting ready to leave for work last night I noticed a basket tucked onto the shelf below the coffee table. It was full of random Zentangle supplies that I guess I had forgotten about. In the basket was a bunch of loose pens that I must have bought a while ago and never got around to trying. I tossed them in my bag "just in case". Half of the crap I carry everyday is in there "just in case". When I was presented with an abundance of extra time today, I decided to give the random pen selection a go. Here's the results.
|Tangles: Metrik, Avreal, Bateek|
I decided to start with the Pentel Sunburst gel pens. It doesn't show up in the picture but these pens are very glittery. They move very smoothly and lay down just enough ink. They also dry quickly so I didn't encounter any smudging. I shaded with Derwent Coloursoft pencils. I loved the pens so much that I ordered all the colors as soon as I finished the Zendala! I love the way this Zendala turned out.
|Tangles: Pais, Flux, Laced|
This is my favorite of the three. I am big fan of LeeAnn's work at LeeAnn's Zentangle-ing Fun. LeeAnn is a regular participant of the Zendala Dare and I am always amazed how the template sort of "disappears" in her work. I have a tendency to follow the exact lines of the template but have been working towards being more organic. I think I am getting there with this Zendala. I used a Uni-ball Signo white pen and shaded with General's charcoal in white on one of the new official Zendala tiles in black. Love the charcoal, love the tile, hated the pen.
|Tangles: Auraknot, Footlites, Festune|
For my third attempt I used a Y & C Gel Xtreme pen in gold on an official black Zendala tile. The camera did not pick up the amazing glitteriness (yes, I just used that word) of this pen. The pen produces a very fine line that tends to diminish the faster you work but it was an advantage with this tile since I was doing a lot of line work. I didn't shade this one.
On a side note, many people have written to me to ask how I shade the edges of my white Zendala tiles to produce so much dimension. The answer is that I don't. I get that effect using the Vignette setting in iPhoto. Since the pictures are square and the tile is round I use that setting to put a faux "frame" around my tile which produces a little edge blur, hence the faux shading. Other than that, I do not enhance any of my pictures.
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Have a great week.