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Time To Tangle with Colors

Time to Tangle With Colors“Marie Browning pushes the envelope of Zentangle into the living dimension of color. … More than simply coloring regions of a tangle design, this book offers lessons which enable even the novice artist to use a Tombow Dual Brush pen to color delightful Zentangle animals, plants and flowers.”

CZT Marie Browning’s Time To Tangle with Colors is one of the newest books to join our Zentangle libraries. Published by CZT Suzanne McNeill’s company, Design Originals, it is the same physical size as Sandy Bartholomew’s latest two books – 8.5″ square, 52 pages including covers. They all fit very nicely together on your bookshelf and are not too big to carry around for reference.

“This book was inspired by the techniques and patterns of Zentangle, and by my desire to play with color. I hope it encourages you to add vibrant color to your tangles,” says Marie.

Time To Tangle with Colors is a terrific introduction to color theory, colored pens and how to use them, as well as illustrating some creative techniques with specific instructions to help apply each one. It also contained 48 tangle patterns – several are official tangle patterns with interesting new border variations, and by my count 34 totally new patterns. These are all great patterns!

Here is an outline of Time To Tangle with Colors well illustrated content:

  • Zentangle - 2-page introduction to Zentangle. This means you can give it as a gift to anyone who isn’t already familiar with “how to”
  • Colored Markers – 4-page chapter with recommended supplies and an introduction to using Tombow Dual Brush Markers and a blending pen. Here Marie covers tips, instructions and examples for direct coloring, indirect coloring, and brush blending.
  • Color Basics – 4-page chapter with a mini course on color theory explaining the color wheel, color schemes, and using the Tombow Dual Brush Markers with examples. “Knowing how to work with the four basic color schemes will make your art look professional and appealing.”
  • Splash - 2-page chapter on techniques for creating “Splash Backgrounds” for your tangles
  • Mask & Spray – 3-page chapter on using masks and sprays “to color the paper and create your ‘strings’ before drawing tangles”
  • Stamped Images – 1-page chapter including a technique for “inking” stamps with the brush point of the marker
  • Colored Pencil Techniques – 2 page chapter with tips on what type of pencils to look for, how to get colored pencil shading effects using various types of paper, and an “Impressed” technique using a simple embossing tool
  • Colored Pen Techniques – illustrated with colored bookmarks
  • Sparkle Gel Pens – 1 page chapter on adding more “bling” to your tangle creations
  • While Gel Pens – 1 page showing how white gel pens add sparkle to drawings on a colored background
  • Tangles – 17 pages with 48 tangle patterns including drawing instructions and tips and illustrations on how you might color them
  • “Time to Tangle” - project examples – 8 pages including scrapbooking, greeting cards, photo frames, and several pages of colored drawings where Marie indicates specifically which Tombow pens she uses so you can apply the same effects to your art
  • Index - the book wraps up with a Tangle index to the 48 patterns included in this book. “Many of the tangles in this book are new, some are variations of my favorite original patterns.”

Whether you are a seasoned artist or a relative newbie, Time To Tangle with Colors contains plenty of ideas and inspiration to improve your color sense and to help you take the plunge into coloring your art.

As Marie says, “Unleash your inner child” with color!

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1 comment to Time To Tangle with Colors

  • Karrol

    I just received Time to Tangle in Colors and I just had to say that this is a book I will use over and over again. Marie did a fantastic job at explaining the color wheel and ways to use colors in different way’s. Thanks Marie I’ve been trying to figure out the color wheel for ?? years. Again thanks for the book.

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