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Tri Color Zentangle ATC

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Tri Color Zentangle ATC
Swap Coordinator:dobie256 (contact)
Swap categories: Art  Artist Trading Card (ATC)  Handmade 
Number of people in swap:6
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.90
Last day to signup/drop:December 20, 2010
Date items must be sent by:January 24, 2011
Number of swap partners:3

I have been playing with a new technique of combining zentangles with a paper bleaching process. I am happy with the results and want to share it with the group. Hope you have as much fun with it as I have been having!

I am calling them Tri Color Zentangles because three colors are used. There are endless possibilities of adding more colors, adding seasonal designs, etc. which I will explore in future swaps. But for now, this will be a traditional style of zentangle with a new coloring process.

You can see examples on my Flickr page:

You will need: CHEAP colored cardstock. The kind you find at hobby stores at low prices. No texture. I find "The Paper Company" and "Reflections" papers work beautifully.

A colored pen -- the same color as your paper -- a sharpie, a gel pen, a Bic marker, etc. I used Sharpies on all of my examples.

Cheap old-fashioned 100% laundry bleach (not the fancy concentrated stuff).

Black markers. I use Micron pens which are fairly bleed resistent.

You can apply the bleach with a fine paintbrush or a blender pen. I have been using "Fantastix" which are inexpensive "disposable" blender pens found at JoAnns, Michaels, etc. They come six to a package and are usually in the stamping supplies. I can use them for many projects before the tip gets eaten up by bleach or flattened too much for detail work.

PLEASE NOTE: Test both your pens and your bleach on a piece of scrap paper! Some papers don't bleach well. Some pens bleed when the bleach hits them. Please test BEFORE you do all of your zentangle work!

When you are picking your zentangle patterns, try to pick ones that will lend themselves to coloring. You will have light bleached parts, parts where the paper is the color, and parts where you will have dark penwork.

When you are done with you black zentangle, carefully apply your bleach. Full strength. (Do this over newspaper, a craft mat, waxed paper, etc. in case of bleed-through). I lightly dab the blender pen tip against the paper. If you rub and scrub too much you will smear your penwork (even Micron pens). It sometimes takes a minute or two for the full effects of the bleach to appear -- be patient. Once the bleach has dried, go in and do your colored penwork.

Please feel free to PM me with any questions or problems.

You will be making ONE ATC for each of THREE partners (3 ATCs in total). They can all be the same color combination since they are going to three different partners.

I am allowing a long turn-around on these to avoid holiday hassles (if fact, if the holidays are stressing you out -- go sit in a comfy chair and zentangle for awhile!)

Have fun!!


JenHuff 12/ 1/2010 #

I've seen these live & in person.... They're beautiful!!!!!

dobie256 12/ 1/2010 #

Thanks Jen. And thanks with the help for making the danged clicky sticky Flickr link work!! :)

tesscalhoun 12/ 1/2010 #

dobie This sounds really cool and thanks for posting the swap. Happy Tangles,

dobie256 12/ 1/2010 #

Thanks for letting me host! Hope you can join in!

LauraAust 12/ 1/2010 #

I have one in my possession too - super cool!

Cloverst 12/ 9/2010 #

I just tried paper bleaching! It's ace... Need to be able to stop the bleed though....

dobie256 12/10/2010 #

Hmm, I'll have to look at all of my colors and see how many bleed through. I usually back mine finished bleached pieces with some colored cardstock or chipboard to make the card stiffer, so I wasn't concerned with bleed-through.

Cloverst 12/20/2010 #

Thanks Dobie, never thought of backing :)

JenHuff 12/22/2010 #

I bleached a purple and the bleached part came out aqua! How fun is that?! It's like opening up a Christmas present you never know what you're going to get!

dobie256 12/24/2010 #

Oh Jen that sounds like a beautiful color combination! I agree, each paper is a surprise -- from not bleaching at all to going pure white to everything in between!

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