|Kathy's zentangle fish|
A few years ago I bought this wonderful coloring book from a woman in Israel; here’s her shop. The mandalas were so beautiful, I didn’t what to disturb them. But this mouth, I decided to play, trying different materials on the paper. Here are some of my finished pieces.
With my first mandala I used watercolor pencils (here’s the pencil coloring above). If you’re not familiar with this, you used the pencils regularly, then take a brush and add water to them. I went out and bought some tiny brushes, because the drawings were so intricate (and I like to stay within the lines!)
Now the mandala has been painted with water. The paper needs a little more smoothing out, since the designs weren’t printed on watercolor paper. But I really like how it came out.
With the second mandala I used my new Distress Markers. They are similar to Coptic markers, with two heads. One end is labeled “brush” and the other is “fine,” like a pen. I have a set of 12 called Seasonal Colors, and bought them on Joggles. You can also buy the markers one by one.
On the third mandala, I was going to use my little box of watercolors, but decided to try more of the Distress Markers. I also gave the paper a light dusting of blue with ink from my Ranger stamp pad, which is archival.
This is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy art. Since I didn’t have to worry about the design, all I was left to do was choose colors. The more complicated a design is, the better your final product turns out, if you’re careful. Everyone should try this. Go out and get a coloring book, if you don’t have one in the house already! Thanks, Athena, for creating the chalenge and the BBArtisansteam for bringing me something to relax with!