Sunday, July 10, 2016

Zentangled Cat

"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."  ~ Terry Pratchett


I'm on a Zentangle kick again.  Today I'm sharing my latest project, a Zentangled Cat.  Very briefly here is my process.

I started with a sketch of a Siamese cat inspired by the design found in the book TangleEasy Lovable Pets by Ben Kwok transferred onto a piece of  gessoed 11" by 14" watercolor paper.

The design is lightly sectioned off with pencil and then the tangles are added with Black Micron pens.  I use the Apprentice Pigma pen 05 and the usual Black Micron 01, 03 .  I try to use light and dark patterns to keep it balanced.  I generally work on projects like this first thing in the morning while drinking coffee and searching Pinterest for tangle patterns.  I know it looks complicated and time consuming but it really isn't, I find it relaxing and centering.



Normally I would do some shading with a pencil but since I want to use this as a coloring page I'll hold off on that until later.  At this point I will photocopy the cat onto heavy card stock and color in the eyes with watercolors later.  It will make a great page to share with people for a coloring book party!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I would love to read any comments you might want to share.  Don't forget about the drawing for a free copy of the newest issue of Somerset Studio Gallery magazine.  The rules are here,  any follower of my blog in the U.S. is eligible to enter, the magazine will be mailed directly from Stampington.  The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Take care ~ Hugs ~ Renee

8 comments:

  1. Your cat is beautiful Renee! I've just started Zentangle (I was in your Surfside Library class) and am wondering why the gesso? Is there are particular reason you used it? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Nancy, so good to hear from you! I use Gesso on the paper because I get a smoother surface to tangle on, the watercolor paper is a little rough. Another reason is because I plan on adding color to the image with paints or pens and I want to control the color with baby wipes, etc, I don't want it to soak into the watercolor paper. Thanks for asking, I'm always happy to share my process. Hugs ~ Renee

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  2. I love kitty's expression...You are supposed to be worshipping me, not telling me NO! Your zentangling is always awesome looking!

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    1. I think that's why I love cats so much! Thanks for looking Annie, I always enjoy your comments.

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  3. You're on a roll with these zentangled creatures... love them!

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    1. Thanks Marjie! I'm thinking I should start a Zentangle blog if I'm going to keep this up. :-)

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  4. LOVE this Renee! You are so talented!

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  5. Renee, I loved the pug, but really love the Siamese!! Beautiful work!!!

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