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Tangled Monogram - Draw Stunning Ornamental Decorated Letters

teacher avatar Zen Linea, Certified Zentangle® Teacher & Jeweler

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (1h 40m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Drawing the Focal Section

    • 3. Adding Details to the Focal Section

    • 4. Drawing the Bottom Part

    • 5. Tangle the Top Section

    • 6. Tangling the Top Section - Part 2

    • 7. Adding Color

    • 8. Coloring and Shading

    • 9. Shading - Part 2

    • 10. Highlighting

    • 11. Final Shades and Highlights

    • 12. Final Touches

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About This Class


If you are drawn to letters (like I always was) and you love Zentangle (like I do), this class might be a perfect fit for you. How wonderful would it be to create a unique tangled monogram for yourself or as a gift to a special person?

In this class I will guide you through the process of finishing this project - from drawing shapes and letters to adorning it with tangles and using shades and highlights to create an interesting and appealing design. In the attached PDF file I will also include a sheet with sample letter shapes so you can create the project with any letter you choose.

Whether you are a beginner or a skilled artist, you are the right fit for this class - it is designed for anyone who is able to write four basic letters used to draw any pattern: I, C, S and O. However, it is best suited for intermediate level artists, although beginners can finish the project with the guidance from video instructions and the accompanying handouts with illustrated step by step guidelines (you'll have to log in to Skillshare through your PC to be able to download attachments from the Projects & Resources section).

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Make sure to download the attachments, join the project and come back with project photos, questions or comments. I'd love to hear from you! To download the attachment and upload your drawing you have to log in from your PC and visit the Projects & Resources section.

These drawings were inspired by the Zentangle® Method - an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Follow me on Instagram to see hundreds of drawings and process videos, visit my learning platform to see live classes, video classes and eBooks. 

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Zen Linea

Certified Zentangle® Teacher & Jeweler


Hi, everybody!

I'm Anica Gabrovec, a Certified Zentangle® Teacher and jewelry maker from Croatia. On social media I mostly use my alias Zen Linea, which became the formal name of my small creative business.

After working in finance for 20 years, in 2019 I decided to make a big shift and dedicate my time to creative pursuits, which is what really sparks my joy. I've been making jewelry on and off for 15 years and last four years I've been totally into drawing, powered and inspired by the amazing Zentangle® method. 

I can honestly say that creative work has changed my life and my mission is to spread that creative virus to as many people as I can. My biggest reward is when I manage to change other people's preconceived&nbs... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi and welcome to my new video class that combines monograms with a rich ornamental tangling style. I'm Anita gaba. It's a certified Zan tangled teacher from Croatia. And I'm going to show you how I Joe tangled monograms. This class is best suited to intermediate or advanced settlers. But join me without fear, even if you are a beginner, right? Start. 2. Drawing the Focal Section: I hope that you made yourself comfortable and took a few deep breaths to feel relaxed and ready to drill. I have here Zen tangles Marcus operands, to which I will use only to mark where the phi proportion is. So to do that, I will just extend this line that comes from lighter see vertically. To divide that style. I'm not looking for perfection. This is entering will soon or perfection is needed. But also, I'm only using this mark for orientation because I'm going to place my letter here in this sweet spot. And now I am with my graphite pencil going to draw an outline of the rhomboid shape. Which seems to me that serves, serves best for this purpose. What you can also do is maybe drew kind of a hexagon just by drawing these two lines, vertical lines and then connecting it to these points which are somewhere in the middle of the tile. So any of these shapes that you prefer are really just fine for these projects. And today I'm going to draw later at C. It's really simple letter. And when you start the drawing letters, if you are not certainly newer lettering skills like I'm not, then take your pencil again and start by just drawing the letter like you would normally, or writing the lateral like you normally write it like this. So I placed this C in the middle. And the next thing I'm going to do is just drew some bolder shapes to enhance the, the shape of the letter. And I'm also going to use these surroundings, or maybe we can call them serif, which is the name in calligraphy or loitering, dipolar PHP. And then again, not looking for perfection because this is a handwork. And as such, it will have imperfection. Imperfections that will actually make it seem very special. I took my micron, pn now and I'm going to retrace the rhomboid shape and then the lighter. So now is also another opportunity to make these shapes may be a bit different. To correct something if you feel that it needs to be corrected. And without any anxiety or fear, I'm just going to dive into drawing the letter. We are going to fill it with blacking. So don't be afraid to just revisit lines or make any corrections because they're not going to be visible. Once you feel the lighter with blocking. I'm quite happy with my lighter. So I'm just going to go ahead and take the graphic one pan, which has a wider nib. So I can ink in this shape quicker and more efficiently. You can also do it with your 01 or a p-n or whatever is your pen of choice. It seems to mean that controlling these tangled monograms is a really nice skill to have because any time you need to have a special gift for someone you love. Is there a better thing to do? I mean, we are all just warehouses are full with stuff. So there's tabs you can buy and also that you can buy for cheap everywhere. But making something unique and special. For someone. This is really what counts. And maybe before the Vaillant NC or before someone's birthday for Christmas or any other occasion. Seems like a perfect thing to give to someone. And the next step is to draw an oral line around the lighter. So I'm the orange line is just a parallel line that follows the shape that's already placed on the paper. And you can see that I am using psi with phi dimensions. But it's not the original tiled by Zen tangle because I don't have it sin phi tile. So I just cut myself a tile from this nice sand paper, which is maybe a bit darker than Zen tangles. I'm going to draw another aura around the rhomboid shape. And you can see that I am enjoying it on purpose in a way that the orange line is not equally descent from the original shape. It's the shape is getting a bit to wider towards the top and the bottom. And by doing that, you will be able to maybe play with shading and highlighting a bit more. 3. Adding Details to the Focal Section: Now you can think about how to adorn this central space. I will just draw one. Or here. I usually drew my orbs here on the left and right side in the corners. But now since my letter is extending all the way to the middle, I will place this orb on the top. And then I will draw maybe some Nuka shapes in there. We'll just imagine that the MOOC line extends from the top and goes right along this line and then ends up with a round pod right here. So that's my first Luca. And on the other side, just for the sake of fun and diversity and willing to throw one. That's turned the other way. The MOOC is one of my favorite tangles, the one that is really fun to play with. And I also know that it's quite intimidating to some people, but just play with them. I'm thinking about where it's a place, another one. And they think I'm going to just imagine that this line goes behind the later again. And this, I do this. I will fill these crevices with unblocking because they're too small to draw anything inside them. And just to be kind of consistent. I'm I'm not trying to and you can see it clearly. I'm not trying to draw a mirroring image. Whether I will add another Mancha also to the other side. But it feels maybe like something is missing here. So I'm just going to add a third one. I already do a number of these single monograms. And you can see here I have a wiggly line. I'll just revisited and may hit a bit thicker, which will also be great for shading. So what I wanted to cells, I already drew a number of these single monograms, but You can see here I'm really just improvising. This one will be a bit different from the other. I don't like to just repeat what I already did. So I'm deciding which shapes to draw and where as I go. And you can see now that I'm adding the rounding. So wherever there is space with any Poynting pointed edges, I'm just rounding, adding this rounding and filling it with black kink. And with this, I will also create some more elegance in the design. And it will also help with shading. So wherever there is a corner between two shapes, I'm just going to soften it by adding this curvy shape and feeling the small remaining spaces with black ink. So whatever you decide to do, you don't have to follow my instructions. You can do your own thing and just maybe have watched the videos to get some inspiration. But whatever you do, just don't be intimidated, be relaxed and tried to approach it with an open mind. Like a child. Very playful and relaxed. Before starting doing anything else, I will first erase some of these pencil aligns that I left when I was drawing the rhomboid. And also showing you may be hard to draw a hexagon. Instead of it's. And now that there are no extra lines, I will add some texture behind the letter. And the way I will do it is just by drawing these vertical lines. It's a grid of lines. Quieter dance. And I'm using the PAM pen again, but it's burgundy colored pn. You can use any color you prefer. Also, you can use the black pen, the same one you did. You did you use for the letter and the mucus? Or maybe take a thinner black pen like 01. But I do want to introduce some contrast between the oscillator and the tangles and the background. And by drawing these vertical lines, I will not only introduce the contrast, of course, I will also add shades later, but I will also add some texture. It's a fun and easy way to add texture and doing this slowly and trying to add lines that are consistently distant from each other. And this is where my line of work in this central area ends. 4. Drawing the Bottom Part: The next thing I'll do is just add some swirls or Zen tangles, tangle printcomp. But I'll make it 3D when a shaded on each side of my rhomboid. So I'll start here below the middle. And you can see that I'm placing it partially behind the rhomboid shape. And they'll try to do, I'm not going to say the same because it's not possible but something very similar on the opposite side. And you can see it's, it's definitely not the same. It's not the mirror image. But it doesn't matter. As I said, I'm not looking for perfection. And now that I have these two, I can start adding some more ornaments. And I'll start with the bottom part. And just to have some consistency with the mid part, I will again add mucus. And if you are new to Zen triangle, and if you don't know the tangles or patterns, shapes that I'm mentioning. Make sure to check out the PDF document that you can find attached. And you will also find the step outs for the tangles inside it. So I added two more cars on one side and I will add two on the other side. And I'm going to make them look different. So I'm not, I'm not looking for symmetry. I'm trying to find some balance but not make it symmetric. It's quite symmetric. Although, although it wasn't my intention. And now we'll just add a couple of more ornaments. And these are going to be this very simple petal shaped ornaments. You basically just repeat. What's letter U? It's easiest to describe it as a letter you, And I'll just add this small aligning the middlemen that I'm making it a bit thicker. Next to the rhomboid shape. Which is also going to be helpful once I start shading, because there is already a bit of waiting here. And I'm going to add surroundings again. Does because I love how elegant it looks. I've been using it a lot recently. And here it seems to me that the spaces quite fitting for an orb, which you can, but you don't have to. So I guess that most of you will look in my videos and tried to follow what I'm doing. I would like to ask you. And that's to be anxious because your design might develop in a different way. That's just normal, that's expected because we are all different and our unique drawing styles are also different. So you really can't expect your adjoined to look exactly like mine does, even if you are following instructions and trying to do that, even if I would like to replicate my own drawing, now, it wouldn't be the same. So just let your design flow and develop. And as you add new shapes and tangles, observe your drawing and place them where you think it's bursty doesn't have to be the same as mine. Just make it your own. And to finish this bottom part, I will add a border and I will just take my pen. I thought about adding good reader pencils. So whatever I add directly with the pen, if you feel better just by adding a shape with your pencil first. Sure, you can do it. Make yourself comfortable and make it easier for yourself. But I'm deliberately seeking my pen and now because I want to show you that you don't have to be afraid of imperfection. And I'm no, I know that I would be able to draw this nicer. This line would probably not be skewed like this if I was using a pencil first and then just retrace singing it with a pen. There is a certain bit of maybe pressure when you are using these tools that are not erasable, but that's exactly the way life is. There is no erasing, he's just happens. So don't be afraid of imperfections. This is certainly not perfect, but there is a certain charm to these imperfections. And again, I'm taking my burgundy pn pen to it, the vertical lines. And when you do that, just do it slowly. Don't forget to bring it. Sounds ridiculous. But really I remember when I started tangling when I had to draw a longer line, a line that I wanted to draw straight. I was a bit anxious and then I would hold my breath. This is exactly the opposite of what you should do. So just calm your breadth. And whenever you feel anxious, Come back to our bread. Just relaxing your chair. A couple of nice deep and breads to relax you and then go back to your drawing. You maybe noticed how when I started filling the space with these lines, I started from the edges first. So my first line was parallel to the border. Because if I were to start from the middle, then maybe this last line would be further away from the border or maybe glued to the border. And this certainly looks nicer. 5. Tangle the Top Section: And now I'll start drawing and that stops angles. I will start with this left side. And then we'll use some basics entangle tangles, starting with Maria's version of flux. And you can see that I started on the bottom. And then I'm adding the some more shapes on the top. And I'm thinking now whether to add another one or not. They think I'm just going to leave it as it is known and add another triangle. And the, another one will be also buys entangle. It's poker roots. So I am just first drawing my stem and then drawing this around. Shape and adding another one. Because this is the type of single that just looks better when it's used in a cluster. So what I'm doing is just growing my design towards that SOP. And I'm aiming for kind of a roundish design on the top. And we'll see how it goes. I'm going to curl another MOOC here. And you will notice how I rotate my Tsai really often so that I make it's easier for myself to add new shapes. Or wherever there is a shape, a place, or a space between the shape that's empty. But can fit another triangle or shape. You can just always place tiny or inside or bigger on depending on how big your shape is. And now I have this logo here. But it seems to me that some, something is missing right here so that my design is nice and rounded. And I will just add these few Basically shadow shapes. Let's call them shadow shapes. So what I'm doing is almost adding an order line, but it's a C shape that's similar to the original one, but it's getting smaller and smaller. So let's call it a declining shadow shape. And now I will start adding other tangles to grow my design. And just to make it maybe a bit similar to the bottom part. So I'm always looking for a way to add some balance. I will also add these petal shapes here on the top. And now these petals will fill some of the spaces between my tangles. I'm deliberately not making. It's exactly the same on left and right side. And here a bit off-center. I will use this space to draw a moon pie, which is a triangle that Zen tangled, incorporated, launched and its side similarly two crescent moon. So it starts with this D-shaped and then continues by adding, or I'll first at T2 auras that are placed quite near each other, but then I will add another one that's a bit further away from them. And to finish drawing the shape that these orbs kind of an orb crown to the top. I'm just placing them next to each other, all around the rim. And there's a said maybe or design doesn't load the same. You can choose whatever its angle you like, whatever shape you like, and just try to observe the drawing and feel your spaces. Your unique spaces which have to be different than my unique spaces. With whatever shapes and tangles. You find best for your design. And now I will slowly move to the right side. And on the right side, I will maybe add a tangle. Bye. Honey Nora. The tangle is called. I can too. And it starts with this curvy line and then an aura. And from this aura, I will add another branch. And then I will add these D-shaped that starts on the top and finishes between the two branches. Then I will add another one that's like slightly rounded. And from that one, I will add a curl or spiral. And this is it. It's quite simple and you will be able to find the step bouts India attached PDF document as well. You just heard these shadows again. And maybe here on the bottom. I will either be two more and then just fill the space with an orb. And because I love these rounding so much, I will add surroundings as well. So this was one I can sue, but I would like to add another one. Just because many of these tangles really look so gorgeous when they are placed next to each other. And it's also, although this is as entangle inspired art, it's not traditional. All schools and dangle throwing. The point of Zen tangle or the essence of Zen tangle is in repetitive strokes and repetitive patterns. So just repeating the same patterns is really what gets you into flow. So you might not have had the same space between the tangles as I did. Maybe there's no room to place another I continue like this or maybe you can certainly to be different than IDed or skip it or choose another tangle. There is no wrong or right way to add tangles. 6. Tangling the Top Section - Part 2: Right here, it seems to me that I can maybe fit a few flux tangles. These ones are reeks versions of flux. Unlike to make them plump. And maybe just another one here, which is partly hidden behind other tangles. And maybe one more like this. So here I already have these nice roundish design on the top side. I will maybe just a few more details. And I either finish the top side by adding also another part of this border. So make it similar to this or just adding other tangles and they still haven't decided. What I will do. I might just add a few tangles instead of adding the border. And I will now add a tangle called sooner. And you can also find the step out in PDF document. You can see that I started with adding first an elliptical shape, then two or C, You can make it one or three. Again, this is a translation of this angle. But the, there are no rules. Just going to add these similar curved lines like I did here with my moon pie. And by adding these curved lines, you will be able later two shades and highlights and make it really 3D. And now I need to add something to kind of. Finish this top part of the composition. It seems to me that another poke route might be a good fit right here. And maybe also another MOOC that would extend from here. And I will imagine that this line continues right below. Here it is. This is an interesting one. For me. Mooc is always a good solution. And I'll just nest Baby MOOC and another one. And then I'll fill these backgrounds pieces. We turned quite small with liking to increase the contrast between the shapes. So when you do that immediately, this MOOC just pops out. Maybe an orb or 243 here. And again, I'm adding the surroundings. You can add them whenever and wherever you like. And just to around this top part, I will add a few more petal shapes. And these ones, I will make more or less same as the ones on the bottom. And I think that these concludes the tangling part in this top side. And I will maybe just add some lines, some texture to this section. Below the moon custom. Hi, I don't know why, but I thought it might be too big to fill it with black ink. So I'm adding some texture this way. And now the drawing part is finished. And next, we will move to shading in highlighting. Before he switched to shades and highlights, I'll take the burgundy Bergen depend again because I know I will not be able to resist adding another or line around the whole design. I'm a big lover or foreign lines. And I find it hard to say no torus. So if you like or us like I do. You can do the same. Or of course, if you, if you don't, you can just skip this step. Eight will not take too long until I finish it. And then we'll move on to adding shades and highlights. Just before I switch to shading in highlighting, a few more, oops. I will just leave it as it is. A few more around endings on this top part. When I do something like this, I'm always wondering whether I should try to fix it because sometimes when you want to try to fix something like this, you can even make it worse. And hearing goes. 7. Adding Color: I will only use one color pencil today or watercolor pencil. It's red, violet. By Farber. Favor cars sell outbreak to do it. I mean, I'm trying to keep these videos nuts to long, meaning two hours top. This is a bit complex projects, so I don't want to spend too much time with coloring, but just adding some color to only some parts of the drawing will, I think really contributes to the design. So if you want to do the same, just take your favorite color and some of it's maybe to the background behind the lighter, just to make it even more. And here inside the bottom border, I will not color the entire section, but just add colors along the lines on the edges. And then of course, I will blend these color. Who read my water brush to activate the pigments and spread it. And you can see that I'm also adding the color to this section right next to the orange line, the burgundy order line. And then when I start blending Gates, I'll star has tried to do it in the way that I blended towards the edges of the tile. So that there is a gradation between the most saturated part right next to the line. And plus saturation as I approach the edges of the time. So this is a lambda is going to take the water brush. This is a small water brush. By Sakura coil. And when I do this, I'm trying to be precise so that I zoned, spread the color pigments to the surrounding tangles and shapes. Swim trying to remain inside the border. If you are not, as experience, Hindi says I am, it might say Q. A bit more time to tangle to add colors, shades, or highlights. And this is why video classes are a good idea. You can just pause the video until you are ready to move on. So don't feel pressured to work quickly. Just do it at your own pace in secure time. You see what I'm doing? I'm activating the pigment tried thanks to the line. And then spreading gates towards the edges. I like this, who water brush because it's not too with me. It's very important too. Be in control of the amount of water you are using to blend the color. And to do that, you can also use it as a regular brush with some water. Make sure it's not sue it. So the chart color doesn't bleed around. You can see how the friends this looks once it's dry. So you will not be able to say exactly what it will look like until it's totally dry like on this side. And I like what it looks like in the sections where it's dry. And of course you can play with your color also to color and shade some of the tangles that we drew around the lighter. But I'm trying, as I said, to keep the video some normal length. So I'm just going to switch to shading and highlighting. I will just, I just remembered that I have this section here under my moca where I use this hatching technique to texture. That will also add color to it. And then move on. 8. Coloring and Shading: So after all, I decided to introduce just one more color. And this is a cobalt blue greenish. Also Albright's whereby favorite cancel and I'm only going to use it to color the Orbs. So whenever or wherever I see an orb and I will color it. It's a nice blue, greenish blue color, which is quite of a contrast. Two. And the red violet that I used. Kind of a neutral zone that I used before. And also use it for the MOOC pods in the same way. So I'm being consistent with where i plays the color inside the Orbs. It's the subsection or maybe it so lefts. So MOOC, another MOOC. And there also these MOOC has here. And again coloring only the top left side of the MOOC have parts. It's hard for me to resist the colors. I thought that I would only use the red violent but not easy to say, no. And I'm going to blend it. And you can see that I want this bottom part to be without color pigments. So I sometimes start blending on the bottom part with a clean brush. Well clean. You see that I'm not cleaning it. I'm only wiping it against my hand. Well, your hands are your most valuable tool or supply. I'm just trying to make it a bit cleaner. Wipe off any of the blue trace from the previous one. And then I'm waiting the bottom and blending the color pigment on the top. I'm not too worried about being precise because I will use some more highlights. And Sheets. So when I use wide highlights, I would be able to read them at this bottom part. And maybe even if there is blue pigment down there, it will be hidden behind the white charcoal pencil. This is it. I'm finished with the blue. It's really beautiful contrast. There's really a beautiful contrast. And while I'm waiting for it to dry, I will start shading with the graphite pencil. So first, I will add shades to any of my triangles that are hidden behind the adjacent shapes. So you can see wherever there is a shape that's placed right next to another one, or there is a part of its angle. Then this hiding another triangle. This is where I'm placing my sheets. With these flux shapes. I'm adding shades, right? Where they're meeting either flux angles or other tangles. To increase this illusion of the. So you can see here the bulk route is hidden behind the sole owner. So I'm adding shade. And also one part is hidden behind these orbs. And this moon pie is also hidden behind the MOOC on one side and the petal shapes on the other side. The petal shapes here, on top, here behind. So Luna and this alone, I will also shade in a way that I'm shading along the lines on both sides, but I am leaving the middle without any shades. And there is also a part of these mucus terms right here. I'm trying to check whether there are any overlapping shapes that I escaped. And now, after I've covered that, I think I covered them all. I'm also going to add some depth. I'm inside these rounded shapes and I'm rotating the tile. And I'm going to these kind of smiley shapes inside this round objects. And I'm going to add some shade right next to the central stem of I can to consume AB. Right below this curvy, or currently part, right here around my rhomboid shape. And for now I'm going finish by adding some sheets to these. Print some. And I'm putting it below the lines. Now that my MOOC has spend orbs printed try. I'm also going to add some additional shape to them. 9. Shading - Part 2: And now I'll take my blending stump and I'm going to smudge these shades. And you will be able to notice immediately how the throwing comes alive when we are doing this. It just gets these depth. And later, of course we will add highlights too. It is going to make it look even more beautiful. And smudging any of the pencil traces. And I'm holding the blending stump at the very low angle. And now as I'm doing this, I see that I have skipped this part where the moon pie placed on top of MOOC. So you can always come back to the shading to add more shades either by using your pencil, Horn, maybe some kind of marker like I show, I'll show you later. I'm also adding some she'd inside this my moon pie. And I think that I will also and some shade to these. Flux. Here. Again. I just can't stress it enough for repeated too many times that there is no wrong or right way to do this. There is no wrong or right way to create. So just relax and do what seems to be the right thing to you. That's what I'm doing. And that's trying to persuade anyone that what I'm doing is the best. Or the only way to do it is just my way, which you might like or not. So the things that you like, you can use and learn, explore, play weight, and those that you don't like, you can just decides to replace with something that you like to give some dimension to the rhomboid border. I'm adding the pencil line around the middle. And I'm going to blend it towards the bottom part. And then of course we will also highlight the top part. But by doing this, I'm trying to make it look 3D. Not sharon succeeding, but fine anyway. I'll also add some more shades to this central part. So below any shape. And then of course with your blending stump, just blend it again. And there's only a small section at the bottom that also needs some shading. And I might add a shade. In these sections of my C or around the T letter, where the lighter disappears behind the rhomboid shape. And also here where the mucus temps be disappear behind a letter. Just to create this illusion that I am going to add some shading also below the rhomboid. And additionally below these mucus shapes and petal shapes. Sometimes I just forgets about some parts, so I come back. And as I'm observing my silo, I often notice that there are some sections that needs some more love and attention. So to the same. Just take your time and take a look at your drawing and and whatever you feel that needs to be added. And even after I think I'm finished, when I wake up the next day and see that drawing from the day before, I go like maybe it is coop views a little bit more shading or a highlighting or color or whatever. I think I'm done with shading. And next, I'll take my white pens and pencils. 10. Highlighting: Before I move to white and just add some more color saturation with the blue pencil, which doesn't necessarily have to be done. But it's sometimes, I often too. So I'm not going to blend this. It's just to make it more saturated in this top sections. And now for my highlighting, I will use three tools or for I will use why track open sill, a white colored pencil, and Jelly Roll, size ten, and of course the blending stump. So first I'm going to use the charcoal pencil and I'm using the one by generals. And I'm not going to use it in these very narrow spaces like Mocha stamps or these frames around the letter or rhomboid shape. I'm just going to use it inside this beaker shapes. So I'm starting with the rim of solo una and moon pie. And I'm using it in the middle of this regime and also write inside this moon pie. And then for these, around these shapes, her plump shapes, like flux or petal shapes. I'm using it to just add some white on the top. And then I'm going to smudge it with my blending stump. What I'm trying to do is use the wide highlighting wherever there are no shades. So once I determine where the shades are, also determine where the highlights will be because it's the opposite side. From the highlights. I just noticed that there is a small part of shade that's not blended here. And there's never, it's never too late to come back to some sections and do what needs to be done to make this look beautiful, especially if you forgot to do something. So my Lucas here are, the bottom parts are in shades, so I'm not using too much. My wide pencil. And now I have covered this top section. And as I tilt my drawing, you can see how white this is. And now I just refocused his so that hopefully you can see better what I'm doing. And I'm really using this blending stump carefully as I'm trying not to smudge the white trace over my black lines. When I do it, it's not difficult to react and correct whatever needs to be corrected because I just have to take my black pen again and release it some lines, give them more contrast. But I'm trying to avoid it just to lose less time on fixing. And you can see that I'm not being too precise. Great. Now. You can see what you can do. So wherever you have smudged your by trace and what all white charcoal pencil trace over the black line. You just take your pen and fix that. I also see that I have forgotten this orbs and then going to blow away any chalky parts that have stack. And now I'm taking am I white, current dash white pencil. And i'm going to use it on these sections. We turn too narrow for charcoal pencil. So the MOOC has Stearns. And I can also use it may be. To make certain parts even whiter than they are. This wide Pencil by current there she's quite, quite good. So this soft part is more or less done. I will add a few more details with my journey rolled sand. And you never know, I might go back and maybe revisit some parts and add a few cheese. But for now, I will just leave it as it is and go to this bottom sections. And trying to keep this white pencil neatly sharpens suited ICANN and white color to these narrow spaces. I'll also use it inside this curl. On both sides. And out sake, the charcoal pencil too. And again, white to the remaining MOOC up bonds, orbs. And trying not to rub my head a hand against the paper where I already And it shades and highlights so that I don't smudge it. Although by using the blending stump and trying to grab or mix the white pigments or the traces of the graphite pencil inside the fibers of my paper. And oops, this is a really small one. There's small to start with. And then has used them in sharpen them. At 1. They need an extender. But I like them small so I can keep them inside my hand like, I get this. And there's still some spaces where I need to use the white colored pencil. These narrow spaces as I said. And maybe this or, or border. Also color with wide. But I might also use a more vivid general pencil trace. And here, you might remember, I haven't used the color to cover Hall, the big round, so I'm using right now to add some volume. And now I took my blending stump for the graphic pins him again. Too soft and some of the transitions, it's almost finished. And I will just use the jelly roll to finish it. 11. Final Shades and Highlights: Before taking the Jelly Roll, just this OIG pencil to the sum of my Polk route and see if there are other places that needs some coloring or shading. I'm going to use blue for one or inside sauna turned relation. And I will now take the jelly roll ten, so that I don't forget it and use it inside the first 4x. And now that I'm doing the solo now, I will also add some sparkles. So some shiniest highlights to the regime and to this small or gemstone inside. Maybe. Now that I'm doing this, I will add these shiniest light reflections to all blue orbs and MOOC copepods. And you know, when you are using your wide Jelly Roll, You don't have to press it into the paper. You just have to lightly touch the surface of the paper so that the ink flows. Now that I have done the 4Ps and other round shapes, I will add a few more highlights to some of the shapes. So these brightest Boyd highlights will increase, further increase the contrast between the shaded and highlighted parts over the tangles. And it will not be really highly visible. And you can use it to add highlights. Saw tooth style, or maybe just lines. I don't have a particular recipe. Deciding where to add these shiniest highlights. But if you observe your drawing as a whole, you can see maybe which parts of the design you would like to stand out, or what would you like to seem as it's maybe the most feasible. So any section of drawing which he believed that would get most. On my right is the one that needs some y, the Jelly Roll highlighting. And as I said, and also add it to this border. And that's to the whole border. Because as it approaches the tangles, it's getting shaded. So I'm not going to add it to the shady parts. And I think I'm finished with the highlighting. I like what it looks like. And now just to show you how you can further increase the illusion of depth or dimension is to use gray markers. So this is called ray number three pro marker. It's an alcohol-based marker, but you can use any other alcohol-based marker or also water-based marker to add these darkest shades. Because when you use your pencil, blend it. You are not able to bring the pigment of your pencil inside the fibers of your paper. And when you use an alcohol marker or other kind of marker, it can be also a water-based mark. And then you kind of blend these shades and the shades become more consistent. It's not something that needs to be done. It's something that I like doing because I believe that it benefits the overall appearance. So if you have a gray marker, you can try experimenting with it. And if you don't have it or if you don't like using it, just skip this step. It's not a vital one because the shading, the shades are already placed. So it's just like an enhancer. And of course I'm not going to use it all over the place. Just to enhance some of the shades. 12. Final Touches: And now that you are done with the drawing, shading, highlighting, coloring, one more thing you can think about is maybe adding some glitter. I have here, the Jelly Roll metallic, which I believe most of you have, so you can use it. What I have used in some other examples are other glitter pens or even glitter glue. For some of my letters, I have also used some kind of a 3D medium like mod podge dimensional magic to add some more, they mention to the lighter or maybe even some orbs. So these are only some additional supplies that you can play with it. So whatever you have or prefer, feel free to use it. I will just and some gold to the, to my lighter. And as you can see, I'm leading the Blick or somnolent going to cover the whole letter with gold. Because then I believe I would lose some of my drama. What I'm trying to do is to increase the contrasts. And I believe that they will be able to do it if I retain this block or around the Golden mid part. So you can see what it looks like now. And it's not easy to take a photo of this blink, you have two, silt your style the certain way. But then if you use some light, which helps, you will also probably see some light reflections of your graphite pencil. So this is, this is a challenge. But now you know what have I done and what have I used? Another thing you can. And x2 is also use the gold pan around inside this aura around your design. But I'm not going to do it now. I'm actually, I think I'm finished with the design. Another thing that might be maybe nice to add some interest and drama and contrast is just to add some color to the edges of the tile so you can see how I'm doing it. I'm just using. The watercolor pencil is the same red violet that I have used before. And then of course, you use your water brush. Oops. It's not totally clean. It's kind of bluish, greenish, but doesn't matter. Hopefully it won't be visible. And I'm trying to blend this watercolor trace so that you can't clearly see any kind of transitions between the color and the sections without water color. So just blended first along the edge of the tile and then towards the middle. And then wait for it to dry and you'll be able to see what it looks like. So it's just like some finishing touches that can improve, benefit your drawing, which you can try if you like them or just skip them. I really hope that you enjoyed drawing this. I can show you some other examples I did and I will also include them in the book. This is a W letter that I do on white phi tiles. So this is an original cell by xanthan angle that I colored with a watercolor wash. I did this M a letter in the e-books. So there is a step out in the e-book which is sold as stand-alone product in my web shop. I did this and later also combined with some gold glitter and some other tangles like drawings or fungal, ensued that we haven't used in this project. So feel free to say these ideas from other drawings, a letter K. And what you can see here is how I use the glitter glue. And it's a bronze go throw glue to enhance the letter. I really love it, but I'm not sure if many of you have the supply side into included in this. I have another one, another later, kay? Very similar. But there's mucus also above the rhomboid, uh, which kind of makes it nice. Of course, you can also use it on other kinds of backgrounds. This is a later age in cursive letters on black background. I really love how it turned out. I used several techniques for adding color to black background for this one. But just so you can, you know, you can use the same technique and try similar design on other kinds of tiles like rounds in Dallas or maybe square tiles. And also on different vigorous colors. Like why the gray, black. So there are no rules, there are no limits. You can do countless designs using the tools and supplies and the ideas that I showed you in this project. I hope you had fun with me and thank you so much for joining with me. I hope that you will be inspired to continue exploring this technique with by