Ooh, Shiny!

I am so distracted by shiny things that I tell people I have “Attention Deficit Ooh, Shiny!”  But this  week’s Diva challenge from my friend and guest blogger Amy Broady to incorporate shiny into our tangling had me stumped.

Until I remembered my Tints on Tan Winter’s Magic kit. I did this Zendala a few weeks ago, but didn’t post it because I’m not happy with the result.As much as I like shiny, I don’t usually mix it with my tangles. I didn’t even use the included sparkles.  Until now. I’m not sure the sparkles are an improvement, but they do draw the eye away from some of the areas I don’t care for.

Despite being SO DONE with snow, I made this border using the materials from the kit and my Strathmore toned tan sketchbook. In this one, I did “shiny” just using highlights and shadows.

snowflake border on tan
Practice drawing sparkles with light and shadow.

For those who have been giving advice on the Renaissance book I’m working on, a big thanks. Another question for you. Are you interested in doing techniques using colored pencils like this, or are you more interested in the monochromatic scheme of browns, black, and white?

26 thoughts on “Ooh, Shiny!

  1. I am interested in doing techniques using colored pencils and I am also interested in the monochromatic scheme of browns, black, and white.

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  2. Very pretty! R/T your question… I would love to see your instructions/ examples of both! ..Might be 2 e-books….?!!


  3. I’m interested in the monochromatic and colored pencils. All and everything and anything that is lovely on tan tiles. I’m very glad you’re doing this book!


  4. Most definitely interested in both. The colours give a completely different look – it’s fascinating to see the difference there is using the same patterns but using monochrome & then colour.


  5. I think I looked at your tile before attempting mine as I used blue on tan as well. Your version much better than mine though. As for colours, I’m interested in seeing how colour can completely change a design.


  6. Before I read your post, I took one look at the tile and thought of snow and winter at its prettiest, so it was a relief to see that it was the intention too! I like the strip even more and, although, like you, I am always criticising my own work, I think sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. They are only imperfect in our own eyes. These are pretty and that’s good enough, surely?


  7. I, too, and very distractable by shiny things – enough so that I wonder if I was a magpie in a former life! I really like your pieces on the tan paper; blue often works so nicely with it. And I like the sparkly bits too. 🙂


  8. Love your tiles!!

    I would love to know more about adding color. I’ve been adding color to my tangles with watercolors. When I use colored pens to draw the tangles, I’m always disappointed by how they turn out. Even colored pencils don’t give me the colors I crave. Watercolors allow me to blend and tint and shade to my hearts content.

    Ooh, shiny is my mantra; my other creative obsession is making jewelry so I have mega attention deficit already. I’m not sure I can handle adding shiny to tangles! 🙂

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    1. I love watercolor, but I’m not usually happy when I add watercolor to a tile. I tend to be fast and loose when I use watercolor, but more detail oriented with tiles. I also tend to get more vibrant color more quickly with colored pencils, probably because I am much more confident in my layering abilities with pencils than with watercolor. Thanks.


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