My tangle pattern: Linelism, a tangle showing how to shade in color

I’ve seen a lot of discussion about color in zentangle/zendoodling and worries about it overpowering the zen or causing too much thought which might pop the person out of the ‘zen’ mode. 
So-o-o I came up with a pattern designed to help you use very subtle coloring.  I’m using lines, because it helps you keep the color softer, but you could use a scumbling effect (using the side of a pencil lightly).  The other advantage of line is that you can easily use colored pens, versus pencils or pastels.
The idea to keep in mind is blue shadows on snow–atmostpheric, soft, beautiful. This was supposedly the inspiratation for impressionism, and this method borrows heavily from that discipline.
The first tip–how to avoid thought?  That’s fairly simple.  Choose your colors before you start.  Alternate them, and apply more color toward the bottom of the fluffball.
The second tip–use a paper that is rough.  Watercolor paper is a good choice.  You’ll get a scumbling effect without even trying.
The third tip–don’t press down hard and don’t try to fill in solid color.  Give your hand a rest, and let the paper do some of the work.
This example was done on a yellow-cream watercolor paper using 3 colored pencils-ochre, teal and rose.  I added some white highlights (since I was using colored paper) with a white gellyroll pen.

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Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

2 thoughts on “My tangle pattern: Linelism, a tangle showing how to shade in color

  1. You are really a awesome Zentangler! And I Love all the patterns that you create! I am constantly amazed at how you come up with such interesting Tangles. Thanks so much for sharing them with us all!

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