Cosmic Shimmer Opal Polish

So the wonderful folks who make Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolors have been busy and that means we get to play! Hahahaha! This new product called Opal Polish has all the shimmer and iridescent beauty as the watercolor line, but in an almost chalk-like format that you rub onto any porous craft surface. To me that means papers to tangle on. Each glass jar has a polish that yields different colors depending on whether your paper is black or white. I made a video of me trying out the product for the very first time. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t. And there are some beautiful unexpected results as well.

Let me show you these tiles and the Black Book page once they dried. Actually the drying time was super fast! I went back and added some stencil work on the rest of the tiles, and I will be adding tangling in the next days. Here’s a look.

I used Tiles from Hahnemühle for all these. The colors are really hard to photograph. The colors change as the paper moves and catches the light. They are every one of them absolutely gorgeous!

These were so much fun to make! This last one is in my Black Book from Hahnemühle. I believe there was one color I did not purchase. I’ll take care of that when I place another order with Joggles. Hahahaha! I can’t wait to tangle on these. In fact, I’m going to go work on one right now. But first – some links.

Opal Polish Tiles, the Black Book and other Hahnemühle products links are here Tile Reviewed by Actual Users

Hahnemühle has some really incredible paper products for literally any type of art you can name. Any kind at all. Go ahead – name some! Hahaha! No, don’t because I can’t actually hear you but I’m telling you if you can create it they have the perfect product for you. They do! Today I want to talk with you about their Tiles. Most of you already know I am primarily a tangle artist. That would be all those little squiggles and lines and curls that turn into something wonderful – hopefully. Hahaha! That is tangle art. Here. Let me show you a few.

Wow! That’s a whole pile! Those are the tiles I made during Inktober this past year. Every day I spent some time working on a Tile. Hahnemühle’s description on their website says they are suitable for fine liners, pencils. I have to tell you I took that as a complete challenge. Hahahahaha! I did! I’ve used ink, acrylics, watercolors, distress inks, oxide inks, various ink pads, gouache, daubers, gel pens, alcohol markers, regular markers, Sharpies, Tombows, Twinkling H2O’s, highlighters and every kind of pen and pencil you can think of. I’ve tried it all and had excellent results. I’ve never thrown a tile away because it fell apart due to overuse of product. And they come in a collectible tin featuring the Hahnemühle rooster logo which makes them even more popular.

I review product for Hahnemühle and work with a wonderful woman named Carol Boss. Carol is a Marketing Services Manager here in the United States. She supplies me with product I can use for my art style and I give you an honest opinion right here and show you actual completed projects. Carol also gives me product to share in giveaways with like minded artists that will put the product through its paces. That is what this post is all about. Let’s jump right in!

Artwork by Christine Reyes. All her black and white tiles were tangled with a Micron 01, Micron PN and Micron Graphic 1.

Christine Reyes is a Certified Zentangle Teacher living and teaching in Pennsylvania. She is a dear friend who helps me admin our Facebook group Tangle All Around. I asked Christine for her thoughts on the Tiles. This is what she wants to share with you:

I’ve been using the Hahnemühle tiles since I first learned about them. Being used to using traditional Zentangle tiles, I wasn’t sure how well I would like them. Turns out I LOVE them. They have a smooth consistent quality that makes it a joy to work with. I have used them with Tombow marker, spray paints, inks, watercolor, and really wet ink. They have held up with everything I’ve used on them. I love that they come in the cute tins that are easy to throw in a purse or tote bag. I have one set of tiles in my pencil/pen case, and another that is in my car in case I need some art time. I’m not going to say that I don’t occasionally use the traditional Zentangle tiles, but I will say that I most often reach for the Hahnemühle because they are easy to grab and are high quality material. I may have to admit to being addicted to them.  Christine Reyes

Artwork by Christine Reyes. Tile on the left was tangled using Zebra Calligraphy Pens.
Artwork by Christine Reyes. She used Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor Paint on the right tile.
Artwork by Christine Reyes. The framed border on the left was done with Tombow Brush Pens. The highlights were created with a white General’s chalk pencil. The tile on the right was colored using watercolor paint.

Artwork by Christine Reyes. Color on the tile to the right was made with Dylusions Shimmer Sprays.
You can see more of Christine’s work at Tangle4Zen.

Karin Conklin is a tangle artist living in Germany. She creates beautiful organic tangles filled with movement and flowing designs. I love her work! Karin has this to say about the Tiles:

Hahnemühle zentangle tiles are high quality. The paper is smooth and that is important for me. Using watercolors, colored pencils or markers is not a problem on those tiles. And the tin box is great for the transport in the infinite depth of my bag.
Karin Conklin

Artwork by Karin Conklin. This tile was designed using watercolor and a gold gel pen. 
Artwork by Karin Conklin. Color is from a watercolor wash with the tile dipped into the wash.

Artwork by Karin Conklin. All tangling and the black background was done with gel pens. 

Artwork by Karin Conklin with typical tangling pens.

Roo Black is a tangle artist living in Tennessee. She won Ties in one of my online giveaways. Here are her thoughts after she used a few of the tiles:

I love everything about these tiles! The size is perfect for tangling, and the paper is really smooth. Also love the cute tin that they come in! 
Roo Black

Artwork by Roo Black done with typical tangling pens and graphite.

Jem Miller is a tangle artist living in West Sussex in the United Kingdom. She is relatively new to Tiles but already has this to say about them:

My initial thoughts included questioning why the tin only suggests they be used for pen and pencil when others seem to use them successfully with wet media? So I dove straight in with my first tile, going at it with plenty of water and colour and blending as I normally would. Almost immediately the tile starts to pill, and feels dangerously close to becoming porridge! I back away, let it dry, flip it over and use the other side, determined not to waste it. I swiped my tile with two colours of Distress Ink and blended them very gently. A day later I began my tangling, and from here on things went much better. My 0.1 pen moved beautifully across the surface, and in areas with lots of black ink there was no visible damage to the tile. Shading was equally enjoyable. The key with this tile is that the surface is smooth, but not slippery. Smooth enough to allow for the pen to glide but not slide, smooth enough for the graphite to stick but still allowing it to be blended. Where I blended close to areas of thick ink there was no damage to the paper surface – an irritation with some papers. I can see why these tiles are tailor-made for dry use, and a little moisture from a ink pad presents no problems at all. But I’m determined to revisit their use with wet colour – I just need to make sure that I don’t touch it once it’s on the tile!
Jem Miller

Artwork by Jem Miller. Color is from Distress Ink pads swiped across the surface of the tile. 

Donald Wilka is a Certified Zentangle Teacher residing and teaching in the state of Indiana. He also won some of the Tiles in one of my giveaways. Here are Donald’s thoughts:

Pen glides pretty smoothly on these tiles and the ink dries quickly. Does not have as much tooth as the Fabriano Tiepolo tiles. Took a little getting used to.
Donald Wilka

Artwork by Donald Wilka.
Artwork by Donald Wilka.

Jules Mack is a tangle artist living in Arizona. She admins a fun Facebook group called EnTANGLEment where she talks about supplies and has raffles and lots of incredibly fun art! There isn’t an art technique she won’t try. Jules has been working with the Tiles and offered these observations:

LOVE the Tins! Nice thickness & weight with a smooth matte finish. Held up nicely using the shaving cream colouring technique without grabbing too much color. Warped a bit with wet media, nice color grab though. Just enough tooth to keep them from being too smooth and slippery for pens. Overall A+
Jules Mack

Let’s look at some of Jules’ art.

Artwork by Jules Mack. These tiles were made using a shaving cream technique and Graphix Watercolor Inks.
Artwork by Jules Mack. Dylusions Shimmer Spray Inks and water.
Artwork by Jules Mack. Pens and graphite shading on left, then a nice lay down of colored pencil on the right.

Overall those who use the Tiles are thrilled with them. They are not specifically made for using wet media, but as you can see from these photos and testimonials the tiles hold up very well. I just have to leave you with a few of my own tiles I colored and tangled.

Ranger Distress Ink pads scrubbed across the surface in circular motions.

Color came from using Tombow Brush Pens to make a watercolor wash.
Distress Ink pads used to make a watercolor wash.
Distress Oxide Ink scrubbed across tile surface.

Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink used like a watercolor wash.

Acrylic paint applied with a brayer.
Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink used like a watercolor wash, highlights and tangling are gel pens and chalk pencil. 

The Tiles have taken every media I’ve thrown at them. Like a champ. But you don’t have to just take my word for it. You also have the words of Christine, Karin, Roo, Jem, Donald and Jules. If you are interested in purchasing some Tiles to try for yourself, here is a link for tiles and many other Hahnemühle products. If you need a tangle place to hang out and learn or advance your skills, I’d love for you to visit Tangle All Around. And just a heads – up! I will be giving away five of these tins this weekend (April 20 – 21, 2019) in Tangle All Around.

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Trellis, a New Tangle

Almost time for the weekend and The 100 Day Project is in full swing! I’ve totally lost track of what day it is but we are in the third week. I thought maybe you’d like to try a new pattern for the project this weekend. So – here is Trellis! I named it trellis because when I make the blocks in alternating colors, it reminds me of a flowered trellis. Let me show you what I mean!

Step number 4 is the completed block. Step number 5 shows that block in reverse. The opposite. Positive versus negative. If you alternate these blocks when you tangle Trellis you get a completely different look than if you did them all the same. So there are options with this pattern.

  • You could do a whole bunch of units like #4. Or
  • You could do a whole bunch of units like #5. Or
  • You could alternate the units. Or
  • You could make your own pattern scheme for groups of units like #4 or #5 in any configuration you desire.

Trellis is a lot of fun to tangle. And it mixes with other patterns so well! Please feel free to pin the step out to your Pinterest boards and I’d love for you to tag me if you use Trellis. I’d love to see what you can do with it!

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B&W ATCs From Austria

Last month I participated in an ATC swap in ATC Trades and Jams. The theme was black and white. I posted my ATCs here and a commenter asked me to show you what my swap partner sent to me. As a refresher, here are the ATCs I sent out.

Anything goes as long as it is black and white. No color. My swap partner lives in Austria – which is kind of cool all by itself. When would I ever get a chance otherwise to have some art from a new friend in Austria? Probably never. Well my package from Christina Bacher just arrived and it is pretty epic! Let me show you:

Christina is a tangle artist – just like me. Who knew? I love the florals and I swear I think I see my pattern Harlee Qwin in that one on the left. Beautiful work!

Christina also sent a few extras. Sorry about the one almost solid heart, hard to get a decent photo of it. I do love that fish and it is totally going to end up in a tangled underwater world in the next couple weeks. I already have a plan in mind. Want to see that card on the far right a little closer?

It’s a sampler of washi tape! What a super idea! I’ve already quizzed Christina about the backing she wrapped the tape around – it’s a playing card! She wrapped a couple yards of five different tapes around this card. I can just pull off what I want to use and save the rest for another day. And she stayed with the black and white theme here. This is such a great idea – one I am going to borrow for trades in the future. Thanks, Christina! I know you probably don’t follow my postings but you should! Hahahahaha! Thanks for trading with me!

Interested in doing some trading with us? Go to Facebook and check out ATC Trades and Jams, or you can just click the pink words here and you will be magically transported to the right location. It is pretty epic trading. And you can be selective in the ones you sign up for. I have three new ones to get busy on. Soon. Hahahahaha! In my spare time!

Oh! I forgot to show you:

Another perk of swapping internationally is the postage stamps. Awesome! These will make an appearance on an art journal page before too long. If I can remember where I stashed the others I’ve been saving. I put them someplace safe.