It was early 2013, and all was good in Zentangle land. We were beyond busy with many projects but one idea kept coming back to us. People often asked, "Why don't you use color?"
This is a long conversation but our short answer is that we felt it interrupted focus, particularly for an early practitioner. You had to decide which color, where to put it, picking up the right pen, not mixing up the caps . . . Yikes! Of course, none of this is bad, it just changed the process.
We also appreciate that over time your practice can develop and you have a desire to explore new territories and some of that may include new materials and color. After all, this is Zentangle and there are no mistakes.
Back at Zentangle HQ we were trying to figure out how we wanted to introduce another layer of tangling for those ready to explore something more, but how?
In October of 2008, Rick and Maria created a body of Zentangle Art to display at a local art gallery. It was a beautiful spread of work and we had a lovely party to kick off the event. You can read and see pictures from it in this newsletter.
After the show was over the work found a new home in Rick and Maria's home. Maria had created a series on wood veneer and on tan lokta paper. These drawings were eye catching because the tangles were drawn with blacks, browns and shades of grey and highlighted with white charcoal.
To add light and dark lines to a mid-tone paper was a familiar technique of the great masters during the Renaissance. After a few years of walking by these drawings, we realized this would be our next tangling palette and surface. What a wonderful way to introduce some subtle bits of color in a way that is both classic and unexpected.
There was a nice growth sequence involved here, too. On our initial white tile, you added darker lines and shading. On our black tile, you added lighter lines and highlights. Now, by using a mid-tone paper, you can add both lighter and darker lines together with shading and highlights.
We went to work right away to find the paper and tools. We found a beautiful 100% cotton mould made paper for the tiles and added a brown Micron pen and white charcoal pencil to our collection of tangling tools. With this combination of tools you can explore tangles in the tradition of the great Renaissance artists.
In November of 2013, we unveiled the Zentangle Renaissance Tile in the 3.5" square format.
Today, on this sixth day, we use that tile to introduce another new tangle. We call it, "
toodles" and we think you will have fun with this one.