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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Ixorus in Blue with gems

Ixorus in Blue with gems

A second stab at Ixorus, this tangle is just too much fun to play with. This time I wanted to do something almost monochromatic -- I have a few colored fineliner pens and wanted to see what could be done. Here you can see the original string with the work in progress:

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Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

I left a couple of places for some gems, couldn't resist it!

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Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

As you can see, sometimes i try to follow the string perfectly, other times not. The beauty of a tangle which grows organically is that you can mold it however you like.

This is the final line art:

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Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

And this is the final tile, shaded, colored and with the gems in place:

Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com
Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

I have to confess, it was hard to shade the piece using colored pencils alone. The line art had a lot of parallel lines, and the pencil was coarse. The Gems were created using my alternative technique which uses no markers.

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Ixorus... again

Ixorus... again

Ixorus Challenge

Ixorus Challenge