Daily Zen 2017040301

Experimental. This paper is from the same package as the tan I used for yesterday‘s drawing. I like the color, but it turned out to be rather difficult to tangle on. I ended up using metallic and glitter gel pens. Unfortunately, they don‘t show up well on the image here, but it really does look a bit better in person. Zentangle drawn on cocolate cardstock using metallic Pentel Slicci gel pens, Kaiser metallic and glitter gel pens, and Zig Wink of Stella glitter pens.

Antique. I‘ve had this cardstock for a while, and really wanted to try tangling on it. When I tried it with the Micron pen, though, it didn‘t work out. The ink bled into the paper. So I went through my stash and came up with these very fine gel pens made by Pentel.The Slicci pens come in basic colors and also some very nice metallics. I often see them at Hobby Lobby.

Silly. There are days to be serious and days to be silly. I had already drawn a “normal” Zentangle on this day, and felt like doing a second. Apparently, silly comes the second time around! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Doodle Bugs Scrolled Feather Springkle

Echoes. I think the multiple echoes that tie up this tile are the tangle and the circular repetitions. The shapes of the Marasu and the Cogwheel echo each other. Putting the Fescu on either side of the center creates balance. Finally having the top and bottom Pinwheels echo provide a nice contrast to the more organic designs. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen.

In this final installment of Marker Madness, I want to talk about storing all those markers I talked about. If you remember from the previous articles, almost all pens and markers should be stored horizontally. This is particularly important for double-ended markers to insure a good flow of ink to both nibs. The first option that is sometimes available is to store the markers in the container they came in.

Many. There are a lot of tangles on this tile. That‘s because I used a string that had many “sections”. But I think it still works because I repeated a couple of the designs and also used a central, bold tangle. Those framed and anchored the whole thing. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Afterglow Coil coral Seeds Floating disks Gingham Hurry Mooka Papyrus Sand Swirl

It‘s a star. The string in this tangle started out as a star and then warped into what you see here after the random tangles were chosen. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Baton Carrés Circfleur Diva Dance Floo Munchin Nzeppel OOF Pearlz Prestwood Stiritup

Many artists and crafters have not heard of the Too company. It began in 1919 as the Izumiya Art Supply Store in Shibuya, Tokyo. In 1950, they incorporated as the Izumiya Limited Company and in 1965 began exporting art supplies to Europe and the U.S. The Magic Marker Corporation of Japan was established in 1968 as a joint venture with Magic Marker Corporation in the U.S. The COPIC design marker was developed in 1987.

Browns. I wanted to experiment with different tonal values. Since Micron makes two different brown pens, I though combining those with black would be interesting. I shaded this tile with brown colored pencils. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using brown, sepia and black Micron pens. Tangles: Centipede Flora Isochor Lacy Locar Purk Ripple Shattuck

Where will we go? Echo Lines is a technique developed by CZT Eni Oken. While it‘s a simple concept, it creates very complex, flowing, dimensional shapes. This is my first attempt. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Zenstones created with colored pencil, highlights with Sharpie Poster Paint marker. Tangles: Echo Lines

I already told you some of the history of the Kuretake company in the post about the ZIG Real Color Brush markers. Today I want to talk about another of their products, this time in the Memory System product line. This line of products was designed to preserve memories and archival materials. The ZIG Memory Writer pens have been around for years. The available colors change from time to time, but the twin-tipped, Memory System Writers are a staple in almost every scrapbooker‘s toolset since 1977.

Rotation. It‘s interesting the way the design feels like everything is wrapped around the Bunzo as if it‘s surrounded by a mini cyclone of patterns. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Ambler Bunzo Ennies Florz Indy-Rella Jetties Knase Purk

The very first Sharpie marker was a black, indelible ink pen introduced by the Sanford company in 1964. Since that time, the brand has grown to include almost 40 different colors and more than 100 products. While you‘re most familiar with the ubiquitous black marker, today we‘ll take a look at a different critter in the Sharpie lineup. I‘ve been using the Sharpie Water-Based Paint markers for art journaling for some time now.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick‘s Day. So, even though it‘s a day early, I‘m using this tile, which looks like a basket of shamrocks! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Fescu Keeko Munchin Sh-Rock Twing W-2

The Faber-Castell company was originally established in 1761 by a cabinet maker named Kaspar Faber. While the company produces many different products, their primary focus is on wood-cased pencils, producing over 2,000 million per year. They are the world‘s largest pencil manufacturer! The company is still family run by the eighth generation member, Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, who took over as head of the company in 1978. Today we‘re going to take a look at the Faber-Castell Pitt® Big Brush Pens.