Zentangle HQ recently sent out a newsletter introducing the new Sakura Gelly Roll pens in sizes 05 and 10, to go along with their 08’s. Well, having a bit of a pen addiction, like so many of us, for anything new, I jumped at the chance to get these into my hands! The 08’s have always been kind of “draggy” on the paper and take a bit of practice getting used to them. The new 10’s are AWESOME! Not only do they just glide across the paper, they leave such beautiful thick white ink. The 05’s seemed a bit “thin” to me, but think that will take a little getting used to. Going from the 10 to the 05 was a big difference. All in all, a good purchase on my end!
To that end, this week’s Diva Challenge was to use white pens on black. My tile was drawn using only the 10 Gelly Roll and a little white chalk pencil to shade.
Diva Challenge #338 – White on Black
This past weekend, I taught a class at Icarus Creative Arts Studio. The topic was the new “Embedded Letters”. I’ve decided that embedded means two things to me – hidden in my work or included as a part of my work! Sometimes it’s not so easy to get those letters disguised! My Diva tile actually started with a letter and I think I got it hidden in there OK this time! Either way, they add fun and personalization to the tiles.
As part of the class supplies this week, I gave each student one of the new Gelly Roll 10’s – fun to share something “hot off the press”. My mistake, though, was having them use these pens to create an embedded letter on a Bijou tile. What was I thinking? The thickness of the lines take up a little too much space. We did a couple letters of their choice on Bijous, then created our own initial on the standard 3.5×3.5. (couple are incomplete)
The ladies did a great job considering my Gelly Roll/Bijou blunder but, at best, they got to see how nice these new pens glide across the tiles. We all agreed that with the Holiday Season approaching, this technique will be fun to incorporate on gift tags, holiday letters, envelopes, etc.