Art Techniques | 19 May 2016Color Rests Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Tangling is something you can do anywhere, so tangling and traveling go hand-in-hand. But what do you do with that big empty background space when you’re focusing on the others aspects of your art? Tangled Travels: 52 Drawings to Finish and Color demonstrates creative ways to fill in these spaces and make them a colorful part of the picture. Most large expanses of backgrounds occur in illustrations with sky. These areas can be difficult to color without leaving sketchy areas where your coloring lines overlap. A way to reduce the patchiness and break the large areas of space into smaller and more easily colored areas is to use what I call “color rests.” Adding a few small patterns and motifs has the effect of breaking up the space, therefore creating places where you can color within the expanse of the background. This will make any irregularities in your coloring less noticeable. In a night sky you can use such things as the moon and stars, but how about adding the shape of a constellation or two with some circles? In the day sky you can use the sun, a rainbow, and clouds. If you are not concerned about the realism of your coloring project, you could add random shapes such as circles or flowers. If it is an ocean, you can add waves, sea creatures, or boats. A field or groundscape can have trees, grass, flowers, or any land-based creature or manmade structure added to it. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Travel the world without leaving home by tangling and coloring your way through fifty-two popular destinations! Take out your pens and colored pencils; you’re going on a trip! In Tangled Travels, you’ll find fifty-two fantastic drawings of worldwide cities and landmarks, created by Zentangle master Jane Monk. Using these destination templates as starting blocks, you’ll draw and color your way through popular metropolises and geological wonders. Places you’ll visit via Tangled Travels include Paris, Venice, London, New York City, the Colosseum, Stonehenge, the Bungle Bungles in Australia, and more! Half of the drawings are complete and ready to color. Half of them await your creativity and imagination to finish. In order to bring each destination to life, you’ll use common shapes, lines, and patterns of tangle art to fill in blank spaces, then you’ll color in those intricate drawings you’ve inked. The result is vibrant cities and intriguing natural wonders. If you’re familiar with tangle drawings and coloring books, then you’ll be comfortable diving right into two-dimensional travel. But if you’d like instruction and tips, or simply a refresher of how best to use the book, there are guidelines offered in the beginning of Tangled Travels. Examples are offered for how to build up patterns, how to create texture, and how to incorporate fractals in your drawings. Adding motifs in ink or straight color with pencils or markers is also possible, and Jane Monk walks you through it. It’s easy, fun, and calming. Book your ticket to travel the world with Tangled Travels! Being a globetrotter has never been so easy, meditative, or rich with color! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.