Although it’s doubtful I’m in compliance with the rules of Zentangling, I find it both calming and satisfying. Not so much the black-and-white drawing, because it’s hard for me to come up with new ways to move the pen, but I enjoy the color part: selecting color combinations and then feeling the flow of the ink. I loved coloring books as kid; this lets me indulge in that childhood pleasure.
Next, I think I’m ready to try scaling them up to postcard size.
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As mentioned previously, I was ready for more professional-quality markers. So I went to Jerry’s Artarama, which is an artist’s date unto itself, and after a pleasant browse around settled on a set of 24 Concept markers, plus a couple of extra colors. The orange in the set is a bit pallid, so next time I’ll get a brighter orange, too. One thing I like about these markers is that you can buy them individually as you use them up or to supplement colors. Because they’re alcohol markers they do show through on both Bristol board and poster board, so I’m having to glue a postcard back onto them. I also made a color key because the names aren’t very helpful–“pale pink” is warm and “light pink” is cool.
I still use the Crayolas, and I let my granddaughter try to the new ones, carefully, with supervision (“remember, they’re permanent, and please don’t squish the tips). When she was finished she carefully arranged them all in color order.
When she was here last week I asked her to paint something that could be used for a card. She did a watercolor monoprint, which she sent to her mommy.
Here’s what else I’ve done in the past couple of weeks. Having a blast with the summer collages. Might have enough images for one more. I’m also trying to come up with an idea for a library mail art exhibit in Kansas. I love books, libraries and mail art!