Tuesday, July 3, 2012

celebrating the 4th

Here's wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. I hope I'll get to see some fireworks. They are always my favorite part of the day.

I did a ZIA tile last year that used fireworks as the inspiration. I wanted to expand on that theme a little more this year.

I started with a  plain round tile and did a watercolor backgound using bright yellows and oranges. When it was fully dry I did my tangles on it using the Sakura clear glaze gelly roll pen. You can see the tangles used are 'Bumps', 'Mumsy', and 'Tripoli'. Next I went over the whole tile with a watercolor wash of bright pink.  When that had dried I did more basic tangles with the same clear gelly roll pen. Again I did another wash of light purple - more tangles and a final wash of dark purple. I did a light wipe with a paper towel to clean up and it was done.

I loved how the gelly roll pen provided a resist so the color beneath showed up. This is the same concept that I use when I do Ukrainian Easter eggs - There a wax pen provides the resist - but you have to remove the wax at the end.

Tomorrow will be a day off to spend with family and friends. Have a great day everyone!


  1. What a lovely zendala! Hope you have a great day this 4th of July. Here in Holland we do not celebrate this day, but we heard about it :-)

    Annemarie Huijts

  2. Beautiful job Sue, I love your process. This looks like a Batik piece. Vibrant and beautiful.

  3. Thanks for sharing this , I did not know that the clear gelly roll pens work as a resist...good to know. And I love the color combo...I'm a sucker for the complimentary colors!!
    Sue O.

  4. Thanks for sharing your technique. I really enjoyed this and look forward to giving it a try. I think it would be fun with a silver or gold glitter gel pen also.

  5. I would love to see step by step photos of this piece, it's brilliant! I must research the products that you used as well. Thanks for linking up this piece to the weekly challenge!
    ~ joey ~


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