Learn how to produce an antiqued, treasure map look using Renaissance techniques over Tan paper, mixing black and brown pens.

Advanced 1-hour long video lesson, bonus PDFs, and an ebook

Includes video captions!

Your Instructor: Eni Oken

I'm Eni Oken, artist since the age of 8, art instructor and teacher for over 30 years, author of hundreds of articles, tutorials, video lessons and ebooks online and books in print on various different subjects such as fantasy design, jewelry making and in recent years, Zentangle method. My true passion is exploring methods and tools on how a person can create something remarkable in art, and teaching it to others so they can grow artistically.

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In this lesson you will learn:

• Learn how to combine black and brown pen over tan paper

In Zentangle world, using a tan colored paper tile is called "Renaissance", because it simulates techniques used by Renaissance painters. In this technique, you learn how to combine black and brown pens to create interesting and varied line-art.

• Learn treat and shade "a-la-Renaissance"

Since tan paper has medium value, it's not white and not black, Renaissance techniques involve adding both light and dark values to the shading. You'll learn how to use white charcoal or pastel to simulate highlights, and markers and graphite pencil to simulate shading.

• Produce an antiqued, ancient look

In this lesson you'll work on a project from beginning to end, from line-art to finish, creating a striking tile that looks more like an ancient treasure map than a drawing.

• Learn how to treat the background too!

Renaissance treatment is not only using brown and black pens, the background also gets super special treatment. Learn how to produce a striking background with a frame to create a rich and intricate picture.

• 3D Shading with different media

Every detail of how to draw and shade this beautiful flower is shown in detail in this lesson, using white charcoal, graphite pencil, gray marker and fine-liner pens. When you are done you'll become confident of your skills over tan paper!

• And so many tips and tricks!

Every lesson is packed with tips that can help you with ALL of your projects and make you a better artist.


Tan paper is in the middle; not dark or light

If you have worked on white or black papers, you are familiar with the process of compensating for the absence of light or shadow. Tan paper lies directly in the middle, and there is neither light or dark -- you must create BOTH effects. Although it seems like more work (and it is), the results are much more striking than any other paper, with a luminous effect that seems to glow from within.

Create gorgeous, luminous Zentangle over tan paper tiles

Learn the secrets of great Renaissance Tan treatment: light and shadow

What people said about this lesson...

"I LOVED this video. It was easy to follow and very clear."

Tandika Star, via Facebook

"Every lesson you put out there is amazing, high quality work that shows great improvement in my art and output. I get excited for every new lesson from Art Cub. It doesn't matter what it is! Thank you Eni (my art here)!!!"

Krist Berg, via Facebook

"Just watched the Treasure Tile video. Each lesson gets better and better. This is going to take some time especially with Thanksgiving soon. Shall I bake a pie or create a treasure map ;-)"

Denise Dineen, via Facebook