Here is an excerpt from that article, Sakura’s response to Linda’s query as to why pens might clog or leak;
Micron Care and Quality
Sakura invented Microns as an inexpensive and disposable alternative to high-priced technical pens while maintaining technical-pen quality. Microns were originally designed for fine-line technical and art drawing but their use has spread to other applications.
Micron’s best use is on paper, so non-traditional uses such as tole painting, decoupage applications, using it on canvas, decorative quilts, etc., might contribute to an issue with a bent or clogged nib.
A Micron nib may clog from use with partially dried paint or primer, wood dust, fabric dust, starches & protections on fabric surfaces and very fibrous paper. The Micron nibs are essentially “micro size plastic tubes” which allow our pigment ink formula to easily flow from the barrel to the paper. When any foreign matter clogs these tubes, the Pigma ink flow is blocked.
Microns are designed to be used at a 90degree angle, like technical pens. The smaller point sizes (005 and 01) use very delicate nibs to create the extra fine line, so they need to be used with a very light touch, no more than the weight of the pen itself. Microns require very little pressure to provide a flow of ink. If you experience a bent nib, switching to a thicker nib size, and/or using lighter hand pressure when writing, should resolve the issue.
A leak near the nib holder or ink wick could be caused by dropping, inadvertently shaking, or accidentally applying centrifugal force to the pen by spinning it in your hand.
There is also lot of great information in the comments section
I’ve also found that the pens leak when I fly, even in the pressurized cabin. I take Sensei’s instead, and have not had any trouble with them.
Tangling over watercolor washes and over watercolor pencil can also lead to occassional clogging. I have a theory that it might be due to the composition of the pigments in the watercolor ground. I will do some testing in the next couple of weeks as I develop samples for some classes on watercolor wash techniques.
About a year ago, I signed up for a massive ATC swap amongst Zentangle teachers from all over the world. Each participant was to create 52 Artist Trading cards, send them in, and receive back 52 cards from other participants.
This huge undertaking was organized by Sharon Payne of Styx and Stones. There were over 130 participants and some did more than one deck! Sharon and her fellow North Carolina CZT’s met up in a mall, it looks like they took over an entire food court, and “dealt” the decks.
With permission, I share the cards! (I will post pictures of the ones I submitted after all of the ATC’s have been distributed)
This tangle looks like an origami star. …. Star-igami. Different values of shading give a folded appearance.
It is very easy to draw, once you get into the rhythm.
It makes a wonderful centerpiece or focal point. Or, draw a cluster of Star-igami.
This tangle is featured as a focal point in the Shading and Enhancements Advanced Zentangle class
Here are some detailed stepouts.
An original Zentangle(r) tangle pattern, designed by Jean Theurkauf, CZT
Here are some Holiday Card templates for tangling.
They are set up to be printed two per page on 8.5×11 paper, in landscape format. Click on the images below and then download the attached pdfs.
Here is some incredible student work from the November Shine and Sparkle Mini- Mandala class.
For the first half of the class, learned how to create little mandalas by combining simple elements. We worked in with the Metallic Pen and Pencil set, and learned some tricks that bring out the beauty of these metallics.
For the first set, we learned how to build the mandalas with very simple elements and lines.
For the second set, we used more complex patterns, with a botanical feel to them
During the second part of the class, we worked on a larger scale.We started with a mandala in the middle, adding simple elements. Then we surrounded the central mandala with new mini-mandalas. Finally, we thought of ways to integrate the central mandala with the surrounding ones. The results were beautiful and showed a lot of variety!
I live in a 250 year old house, that has a tendency to peel. The last time it was all peely, I thought it would be neat to have a little tangling party and invite people of like minds and tangle up the peely areas, in the spirit of “if you can hide it, decorate it”. My husband was not on board with that. Now, we will be fixing up and selling our house. During a warm day a few weeks ago, I set to repairing some peeling paint. I guess I forgot to ask my husband’s opinion…..
I find myself drawn toward mandalas these days. Its easy to construct mandalas by combining simple shapes and patterns along the axes. And, as with other Zentangle Art, you rotate the tile or paper as you repeat the patterns, so that your hand can repeat the same motion pattern each time. This gets you into the “zone”.
What actually IS a mandala?
Mandalas are a timeless masterpiece, rich with traditions and symbolism. Each mandala is unique and conveys different meanings depending on who made it and what philosophies are believed by that individual. Mandalas are generally considered sacred objects with important teachings and a deity given to each one. Found in many different cultures and religions, from Buddhism, Hindu, Celtic, Native Americans, and many more the mandala has become a major symbol throughout history and even today. Yet many people don’t realize the significance or cultural meaning of this mighty symbol.
While the origin of the word mandala is still debated, most people believe it comes from a Sanskrit word meaning circle, and suggesting the etymology of the word itself actually means a container of essence. While the origin if the word is debatable, what is agreed upon is that a mandala is generally a circle with dividing lines separating it into several quadrants. Each quadrant represents a different theme and starts at the center of the circle working outward, generally a deity is depicted at the center of the mandala but it is not unusual for a mandala to be completely geometric.
— Meaning of Mandalas
Like Zentangle, mandalas can be strings that are filled with pattern
Mandala strings can be drawn with compasses
Mandala strings can be drawn freeform
Mandala strings can be asymmetrical
Mandalas can have color
Mandalas can be constructed by building shapes and patterns along axes
They can even combine with Celtic Knots.
There are so many ways to draw Mandalas!
A full day of Zentangle Inspired Fun with back to back classes this fall!
In the morning, we will explore my new “thing”…
In this class, we INVENT all kinds of new fantastical flowers, vines, trees. We take simple elements and combine them to create complex and wonderful botanically inspired designs. We will create two pieces using this process.
Then in the afternoon we will be exploring color!
A Taste of Color
Here we will explore some neat tricks and techniques for creating beautiful and harmonious color palettes. Using high quality Caran d’Ache Supracolor Watercolor pencil collections, 6 colors specially chosen to work together to create a particular mood, we will learn how to blend, layer and glaze to create wonderful, deep and complex colors. The class fee INCLUDES the one Pencil Collection of your choice
View some examples from the 2014 Downtown Retreat, Laingsburg Michigan
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Drawing Celtic Knots is easier than you think!
A few years ago, I stumbled upon a neat book by George Bain, called “Celtic Art: Method of Construction”. He outlined a really easy way to draw Celtic Knots, here is a little tutorial I did a few months ago that uses his methods.
Using his methods as a first step, we will really dig into some more sophisticated, yet easy ways to draw these beautiful figures.
While this class is in black and white, the techniques can be used with any media.
I am really excited about this stuff. Its just as addictive as Zentangle once you learn the tricks!