I had seven tiles left from my tin of Hahnemühle YouTangle.art Tiles and I felt like adding some color. It has been a stressful last couple days for me trying to figure out why so many of you are not getting the confirmation emails, or the automatic posts you should be getting in your inboxes. (Hopefully that will get fixed tomorrow.) So I thought some color might be in order!
Dina Wakley has some beautiful acrylic paints. They come in a couple different formats and I probably have them all. (Who am I kidding? I totally have them all! Just mostly not the blacks and browns because . . . you know, color!) These are the supplies I gathered up. That cute little collectible tin is from Hahnemühle and inside you get 25 of the YouTangle.art Tiles. I can not even begin to tell how happy they make me. For six years I’ve tangled on the official tiles from Zentangle HQ. They are not my friend. They ruin my pen tips and the bumps cause my penwork to do things that my old hands can’t control the way I want them to. Hahnemühle’s tiles are smooth surfaced and they handle all the different pens I use superbly. But this is not a product review. Hehehehe! So. You see those 7 tiles on the bottom, a few of the Dina Wakley acrylics and a teeny tiny brayer for brayering in little places. On the bottom is a craft mat to protect my desktop.
I started out easy. Just a tiny drop of lemon and a drop of blushing. You can get a better idea of the size of “a tiny drop” by remembering these tiles are 3.5″ square.
Then I used the brayer to push that acrylic paint all over the tile. I had to work hard to get that much coverage – but yes, those two little dots of color made all this wonderfulness.
I was encouraged by those results so I moved to tile number 2! More like a squeeze and drag this time, I used lemon and lime for color.
I made my initial roll with the brayer – you can see how much color I have extra . . .
. . . so I rotated the tile and brayered some more. Interesting. Autocorrect has changed that word to ‘bartered,’ ‘brayed,’ ‘bantered’ and ‘booyah’ hahahahahaha! I guess I need to booyah my braid some more!
And here is my final result for this tile. I love these colors together and all the texture and layering you can get. (Why does autocorrect understand ‘layering’ but not ‘brayering?’
Well that technique worked great, so let’s move on to another. Same two drops of color. This time it is turquoise and white. You never know what white is going to actually do. Sometimes it is great and sometimes not so much.
I keep a bottle of water on my desk all the time. One never knows when one is going to want to spray something. Hahahahaha! So I did! Sprayed a bunch of water right onto those drops.
Then I turned a tile over (well, both sides are identical so who knows if I really turned it over?) and rubbed it right into the watery color pile. I actually turned the tile and smooshed it all around, hoping I would get good coverage with the acrylic paints.
And I did! These tiles are not made for wet media. As a matter of fact, on the Hahnemühle website all the tiles shown in their ad are done in black and white. Their description says they are suitable for use with fine liners and pencils. I have used fine liners on them, possibly some colored pencils for shading, but I am big-time all about the bright and beautiful colors that come from acrylics, watercolors and inks. And these tiles have NEVER let me down. This tile will dry nice and flat and the surface will still be smooth.
Actually I used fuchsia and white. Took me forever to learn how to spell that! And I kept swiping color back and forth until the tile was covered. And . . .
. . . when I work with color and a brayer I always keep a pad of paper handy. I clean my brayer on it and at some later time will pull those pages out to do something like this:
Here is that tile completed. I can’t wait to draw on this one!
Love this tangerine and lemon one! Notice it picked some color up from the brayer where I didn’t get it completely cleaned off? I love it when that happens!
And there will be times when you get one that is just too dark. (Actually this isn’t too dark for me but it is a good one to show you this trick with!) For this piece I used evergreen and lime.
Pull that white out and add a little.
And mix it right in. I used the brayer and just kept rolling, even when it seemed there wasn’t any color left on the roller. It helps to smooth and push and work that color into each other. And when the tones are just right – you will know it. Cause you will smile. Really big.
I did the same thing with this combination of fuchsia and blushing, then I added some white. I really love the texture and layers!
A little housekeeping thing or two before I go. Here is the rolled, brayered clean up sheet I used. I will probably keep adding to it before I decide it is ready to be the base of a piece of artwork.
Speaking of housekeeping, I organized some of my brushes today. They are sitting right next to the edge of my desktop. It won’t take Aurora long to find them. She likes to rub her ears on them, so it also won’t be long until I am picking them up off the floor and reorganizing them. Hahahahaha! I hope you enjoyed this easy step-by-step approach to some beautiful tile bases. If you are new to my site and my art, there are plenty of tutorials. You can click on the Tutorial tab at the top of the page OR if you are on a phone, click those little parallel lines over to the right.
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