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 YouTangle.art 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 YouTangle.art 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!
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 YouTangle.art 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
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 YouTangle.art 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.
Roo Black is a tangle artist living in Tennessee. She won YouTangle.art 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!
Jem Miller is a tangle artist living in West Sussex in the United Kingdom. She is relatively new to YouTangle.art 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!
Donald Wilka is a Certified Zentangle Teacher residing and teaching in the state of Indiana. He also won some of the YouTangle.art 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.
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 YouTangle.art 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+
Let’s look at some of Jules’ art.
Overall those who use the YouTangle.art 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.
The YouTangle.art 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 YouTangle.art 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.