Draw With Me:  String Rose and Yin Cut

Draw With Me: String Rose and Yin Cut

Hello world. I’m Stephanie Jennifer Certified Zentangle Teacher based in Singapore and artist extraordinaire. Here today with another Draw With Me video. The audio in this video was captured live so if you have trouble understanding me, do turn on closed captions. I have with me an ATC that Michele Wynne did with me for the June swap in the Travelling Tangles Project. I really love the colour scheme that she had done She had done the String Rose here and I added everything else. I really am very happy with how it turned out. So I decided to do a tile. I actually have quite a couple. I did them with Tombow markers and I tried to mimic the colours that Michele did in her tile. And I’m going to recreate this tile for you guys today. So I hope it goes well. So I am using Tombow’s 899 It’s a very nice, sort of Terracotta brown. I’m just going to put some paper underneath here.. So that I don’t get any ink on my desk. So then, some String Rose… Let’s do that. 899 is a slightly darker shade than the one I originally used in the previous tile. And the reason is, as you can see this (tile) is a lot redder than this (other tile). So I thought it’d be nicer if I use a slightly darker brown. String Rose is a really nice pattern. I’m starting to really fall in love with it. The original instruction says to not lift you pen But I feel that towards the ends, especially when you expand the flower outwards, it looks nicer when you add some (petals) here and there. And now we’re going to add Flux. Along the outside… And then we’re going to… … line-dot-line-dot the entire thing. Then we are going to extend the Flux upwards and to the right. So of course, whenever you draw Flux, vary the size and the direction that you are drawing the Flux So if you start to see that it looks a little too left-right-left-right… So you can try to add a few extra small ones on the sides . Then of course, don’t be afraid to go out of the tile. This is what the paper is there for. We’re going to add Yin-Cut… No…. We’re going to add a border. So in the original tile… because the space is that small it ends there. But in the larger tile it might be a little bit of a problem. So let’s just draw a dot. border. And then, you don’t want to follow the edge So I’m going to draw it curvy! This pattern is a Zentangle official pattern. It’s a pattern called “Yin-Cut”. So you join, point-to-point. So you want four boxes to join up. and turn into a little flower! So it’s always best to start with four boxes that you can completely see. So I started with these four. Alright! And then there’s perfs on top of this line. Just going to flip the tile around… Some big some small… Filling in the gaps as I go along. Tombow markers are really great. They don’t have a horrid smell that alcohol-based markers do. Which is one of the reasons why I love them. And then there’s Diva Dance Rock and Roll… I have a video dedicated to that tangle. It’s one of my own designs. You also might be thinking, “oh, Stephanie… “Why are you re-doing a tile that you’ve already done?” And the answer is; I am trying out new things. This is the first time that I’m working on this sort of colour scheme. I usually choose really bright and pure and saturated colours. I usually never use my browns. Like, when I buy a full watercolour set that has thirty six colours, I will only use the bright colours. I won’t use the browns. I won’t use the greys. So this is something new for me. So I wanted to stick to something that- stick to patterns that I knew would work well together. So what better way to do it than to re-create a tile that I’ve already done. Tombow markers are just lovely. Aside from being water-based, meaning they don’t have any smell… The great thing about them being water-based is that they react to water. So you can see, (this tile’s) background is done in a watercolour fashion. They’re done with Tombow markers. And you can find a tutorial on how to do that kind of background by clicking on the link on screen right now. Or, if you’re on mobile, the link is in the description box below. When drawing Diva Dance Rock and Roll, never be afraid to “draw behind”. So for example, here with the Flux, You reach it, you stop. You draw behind… That’s how you make you Diva Dance actually look nice. I see a lot of students… when they reach another pattern, they just stop. And that’s not a good thing to do because basically it ends up giving your art work a very cut-and-paste look. And that’s not what you want. You want a sort of organic feel to it. Alright. I think that’s big enough. Let’s fill up these spaces. I’m going to draw Diva Dance Waltz So it’s lin-line-bump. line-line-bump line-line-bump Filling in the little gaps that I’ve left. You can see in the original; putting the highlights aside… You can see the shadow is in blue and green. I have a tinge of green here and there. So I am going to do that.In deep green. Let’s see how that goes. I think… It’s a little bit too dark. So. Immediately, I’ll go in with a lighter colour. And then an even lighter colour. … into an olive colour. Okay… Yar. I like that. And then if you feel it’s still too strong, you can go in with a colourless blender. The colours I’m using are… 249, 277, 098, and of course, the colourless blender, which is N00. Alright. So let’s stick to those colours. Then use a colourless blender. And you want to work pretty quickly. when you’re blending the colours out. The reason for that is that you don’t want them to dry before you get around to blending them. This is also what the paper is for. (To clean the colourless blender.) We are switching over to brown. I’m using 969. You may think, “oh it’s really dark right now…” It’s okay. We want it to be dark so that when we add highlights later on, it will look nice and natural. Shade a bit of the Flux. Alright! And now we’re going to add some highlights. We’re going to want to use a Uni-ball Signo pen… white charcoal, and a tortillon. And you’re going to want to make sure that the tortillon you use for your white highlights are specifically used for that purpose only. We always add our charcoal first. You use charcoal on any parts that you want a subtle highlight. And you can always layer highlights. So with my Flux, I’m going to do that. And then we can blend it. With Diva Dance you want to avoid all of the inked parts Adding white highlights to the perfs… And adding highlights to one part of the Diva Dance. To the rose. Then of course, we can brighten up the Fluxes. Alright! And we are done. All that’s left to do is initial I would say that the original colours look brighter I also like the flecks of blue. But I like how everything else turned out. Yea. I really like it. I hope you had fun drawing along with me. And I’ll see you in my next video. Until then, keep tangling!


  • Michele Werner says:

    Hi Stephanie, where could I find the step-out for drawing string rose ? Love your work. Thanks !!

  • Julie Keimig says:

    Stephanie, I don't watch a lot of videos, but I'm really glad I watched this one. You do a great job of showing how easy it can be to really make a tangle and a tile pop, with the use of shadowing and highlighting. Reminders to draw behind and to keep going "past the borders of the tile" (continuing the flux off the edges) are valuable tips in helping a student to create a tile she'll be excited about. Thank you, and keep up your wonderful work.

  • DieDreiDrei says:

    discovered your work again this morning , like watching what you are doing ! have a nice day in March 9th -2018 too

  • DieDreiDrei says:

    a little bit too dark at least but it is always nice

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