Guest Artist Christine Reyes


Christine Reyes is a tangle and color artist living in Pennsylvania. She is also my dear friend. Christine and I share ideas back and forth, we make each other a better artist. Her favorite colors are blues, purples and pinks. Today Christine is going to share her tutorial for using Tombow brush pens with water and salt.

Begin by gathering your supplies for the project. You will need: Tombow brush pens, water mister, salt and a mixed media paper. If you have other brands of water based brush pens, they should work as well. Any type of mixed media or watercolor paper will work.

Selecting several pens, fill a section of your page with color. Have a favorite color? Or a couple favorites? They are a good starting place.

Using the water mister, spritz water over the colors. The colors will begin to move and blend. You can also hold the paper at an angle to allow color to run and form drips. Add more color and water as desired.

Sprinkle salt over the page, concentrating on puddles of color and wet areas. Move this to one side and let it sit to dry completely.

Like how that worked? Make additional pages using other colors. After you add the salt, move these pages off to the side and leave them to dry naturally. Once the pages are totally dry you can use your hand to rub the residual salt off the paper. You can also use the flat edge of an old credit card to help remove the leftover salt.

This same technique works great with other wet media products. Here you see three colors of Dylusions Ink Sprays. You will need two papers for this cool technique!

Spray color directly onto one of the pages and mist with water. Then take the second sheet and place it on top of the first and smoosh them together, making sure to rub all over the paper surface. When you pull the pages apart you get a really cool reflection, a mirror image so to speak. Sprinkle both pages with salt and allow them to dry.

Remember to allow your pages to dry completely prior to removing the leftover salt. Smooth the pages with your hand to feel where you may have bits of salt remaining. This is especially important if you wish to draw on your pages and not ruin your pen nibs.

It is very rewarding tangling on pages of beautiful color. Look at the top left hand corner of this photo. In the pink and blue sections – see where the color is mottled with white? Causing splotchy looking areas? That is where the salt melted into the color. Gives your page a batik look. A beautiful textured technique that makes a wonderful backdrop for tangling!

Thank you, Christine! Your artwork is truly beautiful! Thank you for sharing your love for color and tangling!

You can follow Christine’s art on her blog Tangle4Zen and on her FB page Tangle4Zen.

13 thoughts on “Guest Artist Christine Reyes

  1. I love adding color to paper before I tangle! I shared a fun couple of hours with my 10-year-old granddaughter via Facetime over the weekend. I had sent her some Tombow Dual-Tip Markers and tiles. I got out the same colors and we proceded to scribble on our craft mats, spray with water, then place our tiles face down and smooth from the center to the edges. She was so delighted with the results! Next time we’ll use salt too. 🙂 The following day, via Facetime again, we each tangled on our colored papers, taking turns selecting tangles. Her smile was priceless. <3

    • what wonderful memories you two are making! I’m so happy you are able to work together through technology. don’t know what we all did before <3

  2. Lovely idea to have Christine appear as a ‘guest.’ Interesting to see a different style but with the same love of colour as you – just shows how really individual we all are & how that cannot but be reflected in the way we tangle.

    • we even like the same colors. hahaha! we really are much alike, christine and i. and she’s a christian, too. so you and her have something in common as well

      • Always make me smile when that happens – thank you for letting me know.

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