Digital Trading Cards

I am very excited to announce my first digital trading card set on NeonMob! If you click the link below, you will get one free pack of Zenart cards featuring my artwork. There is no cost to join, and you get free packs to redeem every day so you can collect them at no cost if you choose. Enjoy – and please feel free to share the link with friends!

https://www.neonmob.com/redeem/EKZENART21588

Prepping Colorful Tiles

Today I decided to dye a few tiles to use in the coming weeks, and to try it on a few index cards as well for a upcoming “one card a day” project in the Tangle All Around Facebook group that I belong to. I thought I’d share my process in case anyone would like to give it a try.

I use the “baggie” method which I have seen posted by multiple people on Facebook, Instagram, on blogs, and in videos. I’d give credit, but I’ve no idea where it started. I do know that it is quick and easy, and you can get some great results.

Supplies:

Tiles or cards to be dyed
Water-based markers (I used both Tombow brush tip pens and Crayola Pipsqueak markers today)
Spray bottle filled with water
Plastic baggie
Paper towels

Procedure:

  • Protect your workspace with paper towels so you don’t get ink all over
  • Choose a few colors – I usually use 2 or 3 – that you like together
  • Lay the card or tile to be dyed on the paper towels and spray it lightly with water
  • Scribble with the markers onto the plastic baggie to add some color
  • Press the ink covered plastic bag onto the wet paper
  • Smoosh it around as much or as little as you want until you get an effect that you like
  • You can use a paper towel to carefully suck up any larger puddles of ink or use an air dryer or blow dryer to dry the paper faster, but I usually just leave mine on a fresh layer of paper towel until they are dry.
Scribble with the markers to add some color to the plastic baggie
Press the ink covered plastic bag onto the wet paper

TIP: I have found that if I lightly spray the back side of a tile I am going to dye first, it doesn’t curl as much and will dry much flatter

Here’s what I did today – 4 tiles and 3 index cards

Lolly-leaf

This little leaf is a very versatile pattern. It works well as a leaf (as intended), as a petal, or just a motif. I hope you have fun with it! If you post your artwork on Instagram, please tag me (@ekzenart) so I can see your creations.

Fling Step-out

I feel like I may have seen this pattern somewhere, but have searched and can’t find the step-out anywhere. I decided to go ahead and deconstruct the pattern to share and to make it easier for me to draw next time!

Forp (four-petal flower) Step-out

I’ve been drawing this little flower a lot lately, so I thought I’d do a quick step-out. Its easy enough you probably don’t even need one, but here goes!

I love this simple flower because there are so many ways to change the petals and make something new. Here are some examples of what I have done with it.

If you use Forp I would love to see your creations! If you’re posting on Instagram, tag me (@ekzenart) so I can see.

Recent Work

If you are interested in Zentangle┬« Style art and are on Facebook, check out the group Tangle All Around. We are currently doing The 100 Day Project with different pattern prompts for each day. We’re up to day 73, but it is never too late to join in, and there is always something new to try. I’ve been posting my daily drawing in the group and on Instagram, but I thought I’d share a few here as well. I hope you like them!