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Watercolor Soul Star

I seem to really love Soul Star even though I don’t really do it justice. :D I like it almost as much as I did Cadent and Paradox when I first started tangling back in 2009. It seems that it is what comes to mind quickly and I am enjoying drawing.

This week I got some new art supplies but I’ll share about that next week. One of my new purchases was some watercolor pencils and I’ve been wanting to try them out.

So all I did was tangle Soul Star largely on my tile. Here is the lineart.

Soul Star ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I know, the lineart is not that great. ;) I’m always so thankful for shading. This time I tried my hand at some color. If you remember last week I added just a bit of color. I added a bit more this time around because I had watercolor pencils. :)

So here it is colored.

Soul Star Colored ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s what’s up. I like blues and purples right now. Then I remembered that you should use a color opposite on the color wheel for contrasting. Orange is opposite blue, so I attempted to put orange in the middle but my orange was more yellow than orange. So then I got out some pearly watercolors and added a dab on each orb (I’m thinking I’ll make some large orbs next time I use this tangle–if I remember) and add some in the middle.

Then I went back and used graphite to shade the sections I left white and the one side of the “spokes.” All in all, I like how it turned out, especially for my first use of these supplies.

Here are some pictures I took; I didn’t get natural lighting because it was dark out by the time I finally got this done and that’s saying something considering it’s summer and it stays light so late now.

Watercolored Soul Star ~ Lifeofjoy.meSoul Star ~ lifeofjoy.meSoul Star Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo, what tips do you have for me? Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind comments.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Another Watercolor Tile

I was not feeling good yesterday! Some nasty bug going around, but I’ll talk more about that on Friday. I mention it today because it is why I have not yet done a tile for the Diva Challenge or any of my focuses but that does not mean that I have nothing to share today. ;)

I had fun with the Shading Zentangle challenge last week and did a second tile and took a few pictures in progress. I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I did enjoy drawing Nia Kay by Erika Kehlet which can be found over on Pattern-collections.com. It’s a rather high focus pattern though but fun. I like the outcome, especially if the center is blackened in rather than how I did it here coloring half blue and the other half green but it’s okay here.

I added some of Eni called Arc Flower and some Joki without the printemps spiral at the base. I just really played around with different strokes rather than any real patterns other than Nia Kay.

OH! I got some Bristol vellum paper for Christmas. I cut a sheet into 3.5″x3.5″squares and used one for this. It was really easy to spread the ink color around on this paper! So if any of you struggled last week, I really recommend that paper.

So, here is the line art. I just took the first two with my phone’s camera, as I didn’t feel like getting up and down taking scans. ;)

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI kept turning the tile as I drew it.

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI forgot to take any more pictures until I was done coloring it.

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meOdd how the purple looks redder in real life. Oh well! I had this on the scanner, thinking I was finished and remembered that I needed to add the white bits.

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m hoping that I will be up to doing a tile for the Diva Challenge and Square One: Purely Zentangle focus later today.


Yay, I managed to do the Diva Challenge and the Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle focus! :) However I forgot to take a scan before shading it.

I wanted Hammadox overlapping Neuron. Hammadox reminds me of Showgirl but it was easier to draw right off than when I first attempted Showgirl. However, it is possible that it was easier because I had done Showgirl. :)

Neuron seems like it should be easy but I have difficulty with random, so I struggled a bit with it. I was going for a net-like structure under and below Hammadox but it grew into something else. At first I had minimal shading on it and thought I was done and then I saw a couple of lines that could be shaded, so I shaded those. And one line led to another and I had added some shading to most of them. :)

Hammadox Neuron ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did this tile on the Bristol Vellum but I have to admit that I did not like shading on it. I’ve learned to shade on other mixed media tiles and I prefer it. I guess every paper has its purpose. ;)

Thanks for all the sweet comments last week! Y’all are sooo encouraging!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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DC#301 & First Watercolor Tile

Wow! You all were so kind in your comments last week. It is always so encouraging to read what you have to say about what you liked and if you have any suggestions for my improvement. I’m still so new to this, in my opinion. So thank you! Thank you so much!


iamthedivacztThis week’s diva challenge is a duotangle which means I cannot really combine it with any other challenges this week. Although Shading Zentangle has a watercolor challenge this week and I might could attempt combining the two but I think the results would not be as desirable as hand-picking tangles to attempt Jo Flaherty’s style, which is more inclined to large open tangles than ones with a lot of little lines.

So first up is my Diva Challenge tile. I put Paradox in a triangular shape on the bottom half of my tile and then Diva Dance: Rock’n’roll above it. I should’ve put it so diva dance overlapped paradox instead of the other way around but I dealt with it. ;)

Diva Dance Rock-n-Roll is not my best tangle so I googled it to get inspired. I found this simplified version: http://www.everythingis-art.com/2016/11/divadancesimplified.html and did something similar.

I took several work-in-progress pictures this time, since people seem to like them a lot. So here we go.

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I made the first line too wide and had to go with it for the rest of the tangle.

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Here’s the finished tile before shading.

DC#301 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI struggled with the shading of paradox. I erased it twice and ended up doing it the same way again. :D

DC#301~ Lifeofjoy.meI didn’t sign it because I wasn’t sure if I was done yet. I considered putting paradox on both bottom corners as well but in the end decided to just leave it. I was afraid of messing it up AND I wanted time to play with the small set of Tim Holtz distress markers I got for the Shading Zentangle challenge.

So the first step was to pick some tangles that were large and curvaceous. I collected a few. Here’s a lazy picture of my notes, I’d already uploaded my work-in-progress photos from my camera (an iphone and computer is not, so it likes to be finicky), had my dried tile on the scanner bed and had gotten comfortable in my chair to get down to work. So I used the laptop camera to get a quick snapshot, so it isn’t the best but at least you can see what I had noted.

"Jo" Style Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI ended up going with the elongated version of Joki by Kim Aarts, Flips-C by YuRu Chen, and ‘Nzeppel an official Zentangle tangle. I didn’t want to make Joki so big that there wasn’t any room for any other tangles; so I ended up making it a little bit on the small side.

Learning from that opportunity, I drew Flips-C a bit larger. Then I added ‘Nzeppel behind it all, making sure that I made the grid large. Unfortunately, I think it ended up being a bit too large. Oh well, lesson #2 learned. ;)

Jo Style ~ Lifefojoy.meIt’s a little blurry because I was too lazy to get up and put it in the scanner, so I just took the picture with my phone and it must’ve shook a little or something. Oh well, at least it’s here. :)

Then I started adding color. This is the first time using these Tim Holtz Distress Markers, so I didn’t know how dark or bright they’d be or even how to use them really.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meI almost think I should have left it like this. ;)

I added more color.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meHere you can see I started adding some purple to the outer sections of ‘nzeppel to give it some contrast.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meBy this time my paper is getting a bit ripply. Then I notice that Jo said not to use very much water, but I was struggleing to get the color to blend out.

Then I added a bit of dark green to the flips-c and that stupid edge line in purple. Sure wish I hadn’t added that last one. Oh well, another lesson learned.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I looked back at the directions and saw the white highlights, so I added a some of those too.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meI may work on this some more later but I have to run for now.

I’d really appreciate any tips you have for working with these markers. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº