Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's a String Thing # 31

The tangles to use for It's a String Thing # 31 are:  Lucky by Adele Bruno and Paradox by Rick Roberts.  The colour is with Derwent watercolour pencil crayons.  The string is a shamrock.


  1. Hi Joyce, this Paradox has me falling in love, seriously! But I now have no idea on how to do that beautiful version you created! Any chance for a little tutorial perhaps? Loving your blog!

    1. Hi Brenda, It is like everything else in Zentangle - it is easy when you know how. Margaret Bremner has a good article on drawing Paradox at: http://enthusiasticartist.blogspot.ca/2011/08/paradox-and-then-some-tutorial.html
      For this effect, I make sure I start out very narrow and widen out at the ends. I did 3 sections on each of the 'heart' shapes. I started at the base of the heart. I turned my tile to do the second one and started my 3rd one at the base of the second one ending up at the base of the first one. I then did a technique called rounding on the fat ends of each section - that blackened in the ends. I then drew 3 lines from each narrow end part ways up like a flower petal. I used Derwent watercolour pencil crayons in two shades of green and one purple for the shading. I then added water from the white part down to the bottom narrow part where the darker colours are. Adding water makes the edges of the pencil crayon 'soft'. I shaded the center piece in the middle of each paradox the same as I would a circle. This Zentangle is done on an official Zentangle tile and it takes to watercolours and shading well. Each of the 'heart' shapes is a separate Paradox of 3 sections as well as the stem. I hope this helps.