I’ve been working on this project for 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there for awhile now. Today I want to show you a new product from Hahnemühle that will be right at home with any kind of mixed media art you do.
This photo totally came from Hahnemühle’s website showing their newest book – the ZigZag! Eighteen pages fan folded – you can make art on both sides! With a 300 gsm fine grained surface my pens and inks worked sensationally! Let me show you!
This is my little book. The ZigZag actually comes in four sizes, the one I chose to work with first is 2″ square. And adorable!! Haha! Just slip the paper band off to get right to arting!
I had a general idea in mind for what I wanted to do. Underwater on one side and a garden scene on the other. I grabbed my basic tools – nothing fancy here! That paint box is one I set up last year with my favorite watercolors from various dealers – mainly Schmincke and Daniel Smith. If you don’t have fancy brand name watercolors don’t despair. Any water color will do, as will any acrylics, pastels, or most any inks or markers or paints – well, you get the idea. Grab some product and get started!
I decided to go underwater on the front side. I tried to work one or two panels at a time, but you know me. Color tends to get away from me because I get so excited about the ooh! and ah! moments!
And because of those moments I didn’t take another photo until the front was filled with color. Many times I use Dylusions Ink Sprays for my underwater art, but this time I just stuck straight to watercolor. I tend to work with a lot of water, too, and this little ZigZag didn’t even bat an eye! I did slop a little on the back side and had to take that into consideration when I started coloring the back.
I came back and added some flecks of color up and down the length. Some splatter spots, so to speak.
Which you may or may not be able to see in this shot. Hahaha! Hopefully.
And this is the only shot you get of the back side. Ooh! and Ah! moments! Gotta love those! That third and fourth panel from the left – at the top – is where I had some mess from the other side. Some blue and purple that bled over due to my heavy hand with the water. I just worked it right into the color scheme for my flower garden. And if I hadn’t told you – you would never know.
The little ZigZag did a great job taking all that color! I left it sitting stretched out overnight to dry and the next morning when I folded it back up and closed it – this is what I had. The little fan folded pages wanted to escape. So I sat a book on top of the whole thing and had breakfast. When I came back I figured out a different way to wrap that red band to close the book securely. I’ll show you at the end of the post.
And that is really all I had time for at that point. A week or so later I picked the ZigZag up and started drawing in it. I used my Technical Pens from Zebra Pen – they worked great in this book! And started filling in some flowers.
Here is the front side – the underwater side. I used a lot of tangle patterns! I did not have a single problem with this side. It was a little difficult for me to draw in this ‘short’ of a space but it was doable. To deal with the length of the ‘paper’ I kept what I wasn’t drawing on folded and wrapped a rubber band around it. That way I had a section of paper no larger that 6″ wide at any given time.
This will give you a little better look at detail.
And the right half. A lot of fun to do!
Isn’t it cute all piled up? Hahahaha! <3
The back is two panels shorter since the front is glued to the cover pieces. But eight panels is still plenty of room to tangle up a garden scene! I am working on a new book that will house many of the patterns you see on this floral side. Hahaha! They worked great! The only one I had a problem with is that big flower right in the middle. On the mint green section. The fold of the page was so severe that I had trouble getting the black ink to fill in areas. No problem anywhere else with the ZigZag – just this one spot.
And there is the whole garden side.
Super cute! And since I’ve had it folded back up for awhile, those folds fall right into place when I close the book.
Such a fun, versatile book! Any mixed media should work just fine. The ZigZag comes in four sizes. I am going to work with collage in the next one I do. And use a bunch of stencils and paint, too!
The 2″ ZigZag is the same size as my business card that you can just barely see underneath. And I told you I’d show you a different way to wrap that band to keep your book closed. When you get your ZigZag that red band will go from the lower right corner and up across the rooster’s face and slip over the top left corner. I could not keep my book folded that way when I had first added all the color. Now I wrap the band in the opposite direction. Down away from the rooster logo like you see here, up across the front and over the top left corner like in this photo. So wrap it the opposite way than the way it comes to you.
And this is what it looks like from the front when you fold it the way I just explained. All the corners, all the folded pages – they all stay in place just fine! And I threw in a quarter just to show you size. You can pack a lot of artistic punch into a small amount of room! Now. I am no mathematical genius. Not by a long shot. I can just hear my daughter snorting right about now! Hahahaha! But if each ‘page’ is 2″ x 2″ – that makes 4″ of drawing space per page. And 18 pages times 4″ equals (did you hear me just pick up my phone and open the calculator????) equals 72 inches of art space. That is a lot of room! And if you happen to be a member of my FB group Tangle All Around – I am going to be giving some of these away this weekend! That gives you a couple days to go knock on the door and join us – if you would like to!
Hahnemühle has a hit on their hands with the ZigZag! I think I am going to work in the 5.5″ square ZigZag next!