More frequently, there are parts that are really, really good but the whole just doesn't hang together. In these cases there are two things I do. First, I attempt a salvage operation by trying to determine why it doesn't work and changing it. If that fails - and the work is on paper - I cut out the really, really good parts and save them for future collage projects. Often those collage projects don't succeed either. Maybe I should cut my losses earlier!
Today I want to share three of my attempted salvage operations, with some before and after photos.
First is a piece done in various Sakura pens with pink ink. There was a lot I liked about it, but I didn't like how the bottom corners seemed so pointy. Can't change that, but what if I made the top corners pointy too, made the whole image more square? I also added more shading, filled in some of the Knightsbridge squares, added Msst on the opposite side, and decided I liked it better turned 90 degrees. (Which means the title and signature are now up the right side. Gotta love that "no predetermined up or down.") :-)
|"Pink Ink" before|
|"Pink Ink" after|
I called this "A Box of Sunlight" because it looked rather light filled. It struck me that while I thought of it as a box, perhaps it didn't really look that much like a box. I needed to make it more box-like. Perhaps if I added a lid? I also made some of the corners more solid.
|"A Box of Sunlight" before|
|"A Box of Sunlight" after|
The last one is something I did in my early Zentangle, pre-CZT days, when I was still a little unclear on the concept and didn't do any shading. I sometimes use a wash of Payne's Gray acrylic as a beginning, which is what I did here. I called it "Alpha" because it looked like an "a". I just felt that it needed more. I drew a border around it, added some pencil strings and went to play. At one point there were too many fine details developing so I added some wide bold stripes. Again, once I'd finished I preferred it turned 90 degrees.
|"Alpha" no more|
I would be very interested in your frank comments. Forget about the time investment. Did the salvage operation work? Are any of them worth saving? Or should I cut out the really, really, good parts and save them for future collage projects?