I must thank Maria Thomas, one of the founders of Zentangle, for the inspiration for my husband's Valentine card. Although I'd made a card for Dan last month, it ended up in a Stampassion
E-Newsletter, which he saw, so I thought I should come up with something else. I saw Maria's blog post and loved her ATC...after seeing that, I was ready to tangle.
So with that inspiration in mind, I also started Dan's card with a Zentangle Artist's Trading Card, or ATC, plus a heart, rather than a circle - how clever am I? The tangle inside the heart is one I'd pinned to my Pinterest Zentangle board some time ago. It's called Garlic Cloves and this is the first time I've drawn it. Check the step-out here - I think the blogger is from Denmark, but luckily, drawings are universal.
I actually shaded the tangle with a PrismaColor pigment color pencil, rather than a graphite pencil. Why? Because I'm brave and also didn't want smudging inside the rays : ) Do this only if you are confident in your pencil coloring skills since pigment pencil is there to stay! The heart is filled with rich Red Uniball Signo Pen - a gorgeous color. I popped-up my finished ATC on Licorice Distressed Dots card stock, from Memory Box, then red card stock and a Licorice Duplex Card. Three little Berry Pearls add a little balance and color. Best of all, Dan really seemed to like it!
Here is the gorgeous ATC from Maria that got me thinking.
To look at larger photos for each of these, just click on the image. Note how prevalent Maria's shading is. When I went to my Certified Zentangle Training, class #4, I asked Maria about shading and was pleased when she told me she really went for it. I have always done that too, with any art or stamping, so it was good to hear. It make all the difference when you want a one dimentional drawing to pop and look more 3-D.
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