Friday, April 14, 2017

Scratch and sketch tiles

It's been nearly two months since my last post, but Zentangle is still very much a part of my life. When I don't have time to draw, I think about it a lot. :)

I was in Barnes and Noble the other day and found some Scratch and Sketch Artists's Tiles (Peter Pauper Press). Tiles are gold, silver, and multicolor foil covered over by a black coating that you scratch away to create a design. Here are three tiles I made:

I'd have to fiddle with different kinds of lighting to get a true image, but I hope these photos give viewers the basic idea. They are more eye-catching in real life. I just picked three tiles off the top, so all shown here are gold foil, but I'll be breaking into the silver and multicolored ones eventually. I'll post some of those soon.

I really like the different look of these, but the experience of drawing them is not at all like using a pen. It's necessary to bear down pretty hard with the tool to get the surface to scratch off. It also leaves many small flecks of black coating everywhere. It's a slightly more effortful process that puts one in a different relationship with the paper. Those who favor pressure and bold strokes may find it more enjoyable than using a pen.

It might be fun to embed an area of design made with this medium into a standard ink rendering. I might try that.