This is my third attempt * at making a tangle inspired by a shamrock… I guess third times a charm. 🙂
* The first attempt, I totally messed up 2 one of the patterns in a leaf, then blacked it out. I then tried to create a new tangle over the black with a silver pen… but the overall design just didn’t sing for me. The second attempt, I messed up on the very last thing I drew (as in, it looked great up until the last few minutes), so I blacked out my mistake trying to make it blend, which it didn’t, so I tried to white-out the blackened area but that didn’t look good either. Finally this morning I drew a third attempt using only the black pen and the pencil (rather than the addition of the green brush/pen I had used on the previous two), and I tried to keep it light and free flowing (read: loosened hand) and a bit fill in with your mind kind of drawing. That’s not to say I didn’t make a mistake on this one, but I think it worked out much better.
Then I got the idea to ‘color’ it in GIMP 3, which worked out beautifully. First I painted and then healed the edges, then I used colorize in three different greens (on three different layers), I made one layer overlay to brighten that green, then the top layer multiply to darken that layer, and I came up with a green I liked… basically, my pencil shading and the texture of the paper were tinted green. What a neat experimental accident. 😛
2 In Zentangle… ‘there are no mistakes’… any slip ups you might make are supposed to be worked into the rest of the pattern. But my first attempt image the ‘slip up’ was a spacial mistake and I just didn’t like it and couldn’t make it blend.
3 GIMP is Open Source software that is available for all platforms (Linux, Mac, and Windows), it is a photo editor that does many (if not all) of the things you can do in Photoshop. You can download it for free here. The GIMP online manual can be found here.