My Zentangle Journey is Complete

Posted by on 27 May 2019 | 0 Comments

If you've been following along my Zentangle journey, you'll know I've been working on my dolphins over the last month or so. This has certainly a learning experience and I couldn't have come all this way without Lee's expert advice. Lee's workshops are great but there is nothing like having personalized questions and answers as you work along which is the beauty of our Discussion Forums within the workshops.

If you missed my previous posts about my journey, you can find them here:

Now I'm ready to complete the shading. This is one area I know very little about so I started out by printing off a photo of my work and practicing on that.

dophins paper shading

Shading on printed photo

I learned I could use a regular HB pencil with fabric medium however I didn't have any on hand so Lee suggested an Aloe Vera gel which can also work. I did have Shiva Paintstiks which are designed for use on fabric so used those this time. Lee taught me how to use a cut paintbrush to scrub in the shading.

shiva paintstiks

Shiva Paintstiks

I also discovered the white-on-white fabric wasn't as ideal to use as I thought because there was too much "painted white" on top. Other white-on-white fabrics can be fun though as they can create further effects and dimension. Next time I will definitely try a fabric with less painted areas.

white on white fabric

close up of white on white fabric

But all in all, I'm very pleased with my result. This is how it turned out.

dolphin shading

Finished Zentangle Dolphins

This was such a fun project and I definitely want to do more.... I do like the animal theme so I will continue with those. Which one shall I do next? (here's a link to all my animal blocks) Do let me know which animal you'd like to see tangled next in the comments below.

More about Zentangle with Lee Vause: Lee is a Victorian Quilters Accredited and Specialist Techniques Teacher, a Certified Zentangle Teacher, a Jenny Haskins Accredited Tutor and an Accredited Paverpol Workshop Trainer. She embraces a contemporary art design focus and mix Zentangle inspired art; thread painting, fabric painting with inks, crayons and pencils along with domestic free motion quilting and long arm quilting to create innovative fabric artworks under the banner of Threads and Tangles. Find out more about her online workshops

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