So many of the zentangle patterns are a delightful way to present and surround these vibrantly colored jewels. Lisa Fedele, another CZT, has organized an artist trading card swap of gems plus zentangle.
Here are my six cards for swapping, plus an extra - in thanks - for the intrepid organizer.
I'm quite pleased with the turquoise in the middle card, and less happy with my attempt to add a fossilized fly to the amber in the top one!
The color is achieved with water-soluable pencils, color pencils, and white ink. In some of the small pearl areas I used "Liquid Pearls" - a fun addition. I also glazed all the black backgrounds so they shine a bit.
Interested in trying this yourself? Kae Yoshino seems to have originated this craze. You can read her tutorial about creating these gems here. Eni Oken, another talented artist also has a gem tutorial here. Have fun! And don't say I didn't warn you! ;)