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Your Zentangle Spinner as a color wheel

by Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb, 18. January 2019

We’ve been doing a lot of work on the Zentangle spinner. By adding German and English subtitles to the videos we feel very connected to this Project Pack #4 and despite all the preparation for the CZT Europe seminars, which requires a lot of logical thinking and multitasking, we remain true to our creative processes. Because that is the power and the motivation for us to get these seminars off the ground.

Inspiration in the classroom

I gave a children’s course and tried to show the children what results they will achieve with which colour mixture. At that moment I regretted leaving my color wheel at home and my gaze wandered through the art space in search of something comparable. Then my gaze got caught on my Zentangle spinner, which I now always take with me to my courses. The kids love to play with it and when I get stuck, I always find inspiration for the next tangle on the spinner. Anyway, my eyes were looking for something similar to a color wheel and from this point of view I noticed the similar division of the spinner like a color wheel. Often color wheels are divided into 12 wedges, as is the spinner.

All good things come in threes

Being very practical, I was immediately enthusiastic about the idea of creating a color wheel from the colored background on my second spinner. Then I would not only have a great tangle selection, but also a color wheel . I didn’t notice a third option until I started creating the background of the spinner: With the spinner inserted, you can also select a color randomly.

How it’s done

I like to work with watercolour pencils. They can be smoothly applied to the paper and the result looks more interesting and structured than with watercolour. Since I was missing some colors, I simply painted the neighboring colors on top of each other and thus achieved a perfect color mixture. For example, I didn’t have the color turquoise, so I drew green and blue on top of each other. Of course, the colour looks completely different when it is still dry and it is always a surprise how the colours come out after they are moistened with a brush. At this point I would like to give you the tip to first test on a supplementary sheet how the paint behaves after it is activiated with water . You will quickly find out whether you want to apply a little or a lot of colour with the pen.

I love the colour edges, which are created by using a lot of water and I love this optical liveliness. I didn’t want to make any hard colour boundaries, so I generously stroked with the brush over the wedges and into the neighbouring wedge. This resulted in beautiful soft transitions.

With some wedges, I noticed immediately on the first contact with water that the color was too soft or the tone wasn’t quite right. Then I filled in the missing paint with the pen on the still dry surface and went over everything with the wet brush to spread the paint evenly. Be careful! Do not add colour to a damp surface with the pencil. The colour cannot be distributed well afterwards. So only add colour to the dry surface.

The result

My favorite color wheel! I am very satisfied with the result and look forward to drawing tangles on it.

If you feel like making your own, you can buy the Zentangle Spinner in the Tanglekunst Shop.

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