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Tangle Refresher 149 – Featuring a tutorial from CZT Marie Browning on how to draw colored gems with Tombow markers

Marie Browning's Dragonfly with GemsFor quite a while now some tanglers have been bitten by the craze of including colored gems in their Zentangle®-inspired art.

I think this trend gained traction late in 2015 when when Japanese tangler Kae Yoshino published two tutorials on her blog in Japanese illustrating how she added gems to her Zentangle tiles using watercolor pencils, colored pencils, and a white gel pen or white acrylic paint.

If you’re not familiar with working with colored pencils and how to layer colors, this can be a little challenging.

However today CZT Marie Browning is going to show you how to use the richly-colored Tombow markers to EASILY create beautiful gems for your artwork. And the Tombow markers blend like a dream on Zentangle tiles with the colorless brush blender. No experience required.

marie-browning-gemsHow to Draw Gems with Markers and Colored Pencils” is an easy 4-Step tutorial from Tombow’s signature designer and CZT Marie Browning, using the following supplies:

In Marie’s tutorial on the Tombow blog she includes a detailed chart indicating the specific colors to use to create these gems: Rose Quartz, Ruby, Amethyst, Sapphire, Turquoise, Emerald, Topaz, Amber, Opal and Obsidian.

BTW – If you don’t have a copy of Marie’s Brush Marker Magic, or her Pencil Magic, or Time to Tangle with Colors, treat yourself! All gems too, they’re in my library 🙂

Marie’s tutorial includes a free downloadable PDF for you to try your hand at adding colorful gems to Marie’s lovely dragonfly as she has done here.

dragonfly-with-gems-marie-browning

More Gem Tutorials

  1. German tangler Simone Bischoff posted her detailed method of drawing gems using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. Simone’s tutorial is in German but you can use Google Translate to translate the page.
  2. Since she first published her tutorials Kae Yoshino became a CZT at Seminar 25 last June. I notice she has added English to her two-part gems tutorial: Part 1, Part 2.
  3. There are many practical and useful resources online on the subject of rendering gems. For those seriously interested in the subject of drawing a whole range of jewelry you might check out this free PDF from the PMC Guild (Precious Metal Clay), hosted on the site for Rio Grande jewelry suppliers: Practical Jewelry Rendering. This is a “must-have resource for any jewelry designer who wishes to illustrate renderings of their design ideas and their completed work! Courtesy of the PMC Guild archives, this wonderful “drawing course” shows you how to draw your work, how to shadow, how to distinguish different kinds of metal and more!

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More gems! The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, appears every other Friday and spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past and frequently includes additional useful tips and tutorials. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too.

BTW as you visit these tangles please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours. And please share a link to your favorite tangles with your followers on all your social media. Thanks!

Zenful tangling!

Buried Treasure from the tangling past
Zentangle pattern: Gourdgeous. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Gourdgeous
Zentangle pattern: Tri-bine. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Tri-Bine
Zentangle pattern: Charmzy. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Charmzy
Zentangle pattern: 4Fun. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. 4Fun
Zentangle pattern: Chechain. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Chechain
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 121

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2 comments to Tangle Refresher 149 – Featuring a tutorial from CZT Marie Browning on how to draw colored gems with Tombow markers

  • Melena

    Thank you so much, Linda, for sharing these wonderful tutorials. I’ve been wanting to learn this technique and Marie Browning’s explanation on using the Tombow markers is just what I needed to get myself going on this. I also checked out the other links and now have some wonderful places to go to get inspired all over again.

  • bernath

    MERCI TROP BIEN §§§§§§§§§§§

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