Well it seems like GoDaddy has the commenting issue resolved. Actually they told me what to do to fix it and I learned something. And they learned that I am not all that technically-inclined and we all had a good laugh. Hahahaha! We did!
Remember? I used two zendala tiles and some Distress Oxide ink and stamped the design. I thought I could use these to make some fun mandalas. Next time, though, I think I will focus a little more on getting the design centered. Hahahaha!
I had been wanting to try my hand at a zen button. You work in round layers and use some crazy shading and highlights to make each layer stand out. I didn’t exactly accomplish all that but I had fun and I like how it turned out. I started with a simple set up of circles and some sub-divisions. I went with the pink inked tile because it seemed more centered. And since it was pink, I tangled in pink.
Unfortunately, I did not think to take a photo of the tangling prior to the color but you can get the idea. I began my layers of color in the center circle, working with Faber-Castell EcoLapis de Cor SuperSoft pencils. A sweet lady in my group sent these to me. I chose five pencils in the same color family and started with the lightest color. I left the very middle clear, just coloring up to that point where the fescue stop.
The next layer was with a little darker pencil, still in the ‘light’ range and colored over the first color but not all the way to the ends of the fescue. If you look you can see where I stopped.
The next layer was with the middle color of the five I began with. This color went about halfway up the fescue and stopped.
Then I used the 4th pencil, the next to darkest color I chose to use. This ring of color only goes about 1/4 of the way up the length of the fescue. Each additional color should add more depth to the overall effect.
Lastly, I used the 5th pencil – the darkest in my pink family – and colored right around the base of the circle of fescue. At this point it was getting harder to differentiate the five separate colors.
To finish up the central section, I went back to the lightest color pencil and colored over all the previous colors – from the base of the circle to the top of the fescue. That’s a blending tip I use with my Copic markers. I thought it might work well here, too.
From there I moved on to the next ring and repeated all those steps on both sides of the band. Along the way I had trouble keeping up so I added a pencil line off to the side to use as a visual start and stop point.
For the last three rings, I focused on working from outside towards the middle of the circle. This presents a little different look from the traditional zen buttons you see on Pinterest. Those typically have a white highlight line through the middle of each band.
And my final. I used a white chalk pencil to brighten those white rings in the three outer bands and in the very center. I could not get the white pencil to work at all on that largest circle. My guess is these pencils are wax based. Next time I will try a different pencil and see if I get the white highlights to work better. I do love how this first effort turned out, though! And there is just enough of that foam stamp still showing to make it interesting.