This tile is a combination of techniques beginning with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Spray Stains, and markers. In addition, several other products were used including Polychromos colored pencils, a variety of gel pens, Sharpies, and Zig markers.
The techniques used are from Eni Oken‘s ebook, “3D Tangle: Tangling over Distressed Tiles.” While this technique still involves drawing tangles on a small piece of paper, it is far from the original Zentangle Method.
The tile began by coloring the background with the Distress inks and stains.
Next, I used a brown Micron Pigma pen to draw the basic tangles.
I added more detail to the main tangles and background tangles with Zig Memory markers.
I used Sharpie and Distress markers to add depth to the tangles.
Finally, I used more marker, colored pencil and gel pens to add more shadowing and highlights to the design.
I‘m not totally thrilled with my final results, but I think some of that has to do with the choice of tangles. I do think that, with practice, this method can produce stunning, small works of art!
Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.