Friday, May 23, 2014

Diva Challenge #168: Tangleation Nation - Rain 2

Heard a lot about the embossing method taught at Tangle U. Have seen a few examples of it and have wanted to try it. I used a stylus from my PDA to make the tangles. Not sure if this was too soft or it is that I do not have wax colored pencils. One thing I read said that should be soft colored pencils. Mine are a generic form and I think they are hard. When I tried to layer the color, it began to fill in the tangles. To not totally lose the tile I borrowed a technique from another thing taught at Tangle U which was to use a black Glaze pen to make the tangles. I used this to redo the tangles after I had layered the color. Did not turn out too bad but is not the embossed look that I had hoped for.  Not going to go out and buy a set of new pencils as I think the wax pencils tend to be a little pricey. Here is what I ended up with. I hope you like it.

Tangles used: Rain, Msst, Printemps

Had to scan this as the light reflected off the glaze ink and could not see the black. 

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  1. In the year since I started tangling, I've spent more money on pens and pencils than about anything else. I've always been a sucker for the better quality stuff since I started making art 40 years ago, and I do believe that quality will always win with me...but I'm not opposed to experimenting either...

  2. I like your tile with all the colors and the rain pattern. I don't know anything about Tangle U. I read this also a few times here and there, but ???

  3. I do like this tile. I read some more in comments and on blogs about the embossing method but I have no idea what it is. Is there a simple way to tell me?

    1. Not sure about simple or if I am the best on to tell you since I was not at Tangle U. My sister was and told me about it. You use a black tile. You use either a black ball point pen or an embossing tool and draw your tangles. They then used wax based color pencils to layer color over the entire tile. You pick the colors that you want to use. It is suppose to be a light stroke and you layer the colors. I was told that you can color over your tangle lines because the embossing will keep the color out. I have some Inktense pencils that I may try this with. They are not wax based but they are a softer lead than the ones that I used. If I find out more I will let you know.

  4. Not sure about all the techniques you mentioned but this finished tile has a wonderful depth and seems to have a velvety finish. Its lovely! Axxx

  5. I think it's beautiful! Such fun color contrasts and texture. Thanks for sharing it and explaining how you did it. I always like to read how people do what they do.


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