The Doodle Challenge – four cards

I’m having problems with my broadband again… if you’re reading this, it means I’ve caught it on a good day and managed to upload the post. One upshot of having less time online is more crafting time – although I don’t recommend knocking over a cup of tea as soon as you get to your craft space… Great for tidying up and washing the floor, but not so good for several bits of kit!

This week over at the ‘Less is More’ challenge blog, we were set the task of doodling. Hmmm – I wonder how tricky that was going to be for me given my zentangling experience? Actually, keeping it simple and a single motif was as difficult as selecting the sentiments! All the cards are completely hand doodled, and coloured using the distress reinker watercolour technique which I learnt during the Creative Chemistry 101 course.

14 thoughts on “The Doodle Challenge – four cards

  1. Wow your cards are amazing, the technique sounds interesting, it has wonderful results and I am certainly not going to pick a fave card as they’re all brilliant.

    • These are really great hard to pick a favourite , Whatever the technique was it looks fab x

  2. Hola Neil, great doodling job:D, all your cards are so beautiful but the note is my fav., great idea! beautiful colouring too..
    Regards from Palma

  3. Excellent cards, love the shapes totally CAS and beautifully coloured!
    Oopps spilt tea, not good :{ The course CC 101 was great wasn’t it! I’m so happy to be able to access it frequently to remind myself of the wonderful techniques and info, Gay

  4. Wow, what have I missed with this course?
    These are superb Neil… an artist amongst us!
    The colouring is fabulous… do you dab a little ink onto a mat to pick up with a water brush? That’s what I do, I’d be really interested to know!
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”
    PS I bumped into Tanya at Alexandra Palace the other day… what a surprise!

    • You can do it that way Chrissie, though I use the reinkers as if they were premixed water based inks in one of Professor Tim’s palettes. He’s a canny businessman… my shopping list grew with each lesson. And it’s not too late to do the class – only the interactivity is no longer available, the rest is still up and ready for you!

  5. Hi Neil!

    I have been wondering if you (or anyone) has tried mixing Zentangle with the alcohol-ink markers. Do you know if the Sakura pens are compatible with the alcohol inks?

    I have a great frame and some mat board for my Zentangle gift from you! I still need to cut the mat to shape, so that is what is taking me so long…


    • I’ve not tried the Sakura micron pens (I’ve not been able to get hold of any). Assuming they are similar to other pigment pens out there, they should work ok once dry, on the basis they don’t bleed with Promarkers. I’ve not tried colour on my tangles other than yours šŸ™‚

  6. Superb doodling Neil
    Fantastic cards
    Thank you very much
    “Less is More”

  7. Your doodles are super, and your colouring very subtle. It is amazing how hard just keeping things simple for those LIM challenges can be.
    I use the Sakura micron pens to tangle with and found they are fine with watercolour paper, dye inks (lifted from standard ink pads), and watercolours. I bought my first pen with a Zentangle kit from the USA and then found that they sold them at my local craft store.
    Happy inking

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