I do keep coming back to this set when I need big bold flowers and after having a play with Zentangles, I went looking for stamps I could incorporate.
If you’ve never heard of Zentangles, it’s basically a structured form of doodling. There are books available that show you specific techniques and patterns, but once you’ve grasped those basics you can take the idea anywhere you like. I was aware of Zentangles, but never really paid much attention, and I have to say a big thank you to Jill for suggesting it as a great stress buster – I’ve found it very absorbing and relaxing over the last couple of months.
I use a Faber Castell Ecco Pigment pen (0.3) on hot pressed watercolour paper, but have other pens I want to experiment with. This card is only the third zentangle doodle I’ve done as they are quite time consuming.
I tore the square from the watercolour paper and masked off a thin strip along two sides, then stamped the flower with Smokey Grey Versafine. I then removed the masking tape and drew the square border. The stamp has some natural shading already on it, but using the pale grey ink meant that after going around the outline of the petals with my black pen, the shading recedes into the background. Where it was strongest, I incorporated it into the design by colouring between the petals and adding dots. Each of the inner petals has a different ‘tangle’ in it, and the outer petals all have the same swirly stamen type doodle.
Here’s a couple of close ups.
The white flower is a Crealies die and the border is a Martha Stewart punch. The patterned paper is from the Butterfly Bliss CD (yes, Chocolate Baroque has some stock of that one).
Talking of close ups – for the kitten fans, I have some photos of Zaphod with a close up of his amazing eyes coming soon.