Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two pencils - Made in the Shade

The challenge this week was to use two pencils connected with a rubber band, and draw a string with them. I choose a simple string, two swipes down the tile with my double pencils, and then I played with patterns that I could see 'grow'. Shading this tile was fun. Shading is always my favorite part.

This book, Made in the Shade, by Cris Letourneau CZT, is one of my new favorites. I got a few copies from her and they quickly sold out. Thank goodness I kept one for myself. At first I didn't think I would learn too much as shading is something I love to do, but was I wrong! Cris had lots more ideas to share with me in this book. On page 38 she shows 6 ways to shade a circle. - OK, pop quiz time. Can you come up with 6 ways to shade a circle?

And even more exciting, Cris is going to be with me in Ohio in two weeks! We are going to have a booth with Betsy Queen CZT at the Heart of Ohio painting convention. Cris will be there to sign her books and impart her pearls of wisdom. The 3 of us will have zentangle books and supplies, plus a few surprises. 

We will be in booth 317 - right in the middle of it all! If you print out a copy of this post - or show it to me on your smart phone, I'll have a surprise for you!

It's all at the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 400 N High Street in Columbus. The trade show will be open to the public on Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-2


  1. Beautiful tile! Nice contrast with wonderful shading! I agree with you as to the shading part. Shading make a tile lively, isn´t it? Thank you for pointing to the book "Made in shade". I´ll consider to buy it.

  2. I am desperate to get my hands on this book as I am not that great at shading even though I do try!
    I love your tile. So simple yet perfect with clean lines and stunning shading :)

  3. I love your tile and I love the book. Have fun together and share photos and any ideas you might share/get from each other. Must be inspiring to be with 3 CZTs at a painting convention. I do think I have to move and become a US citizen with a big car to travel to all these funny and creative gettogethers.

  4. Like the growing tangles. Your coil looks great. I have only used it a couple of times. It has turned out okay, but it is one that for some reason I find a little intimidating. Good luck and have a good time at the convention. It has been a while since I have been back in Columbus. Am an Ohio native and an OSU grad.

  5. Very precise, accurate work! Love your result!

  6. Beautiful tiles, Sue. And it is nice to know that there is something in the book for even experienced shaders. Thanks. Can't wait for the convention!

  7. Your tile is very beautiful with this 'growing' tangles and fantastic shading.
    Like Ellen I was thinking that sometimes it's a pitty to be so far away from the 'zentangle fun' in Us.

  8. Your tile is gorgeous. I can tell you like shading, yours is always beautifully done.

  9. Your tile is super, so pleasing to look at.


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