Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Aquafleur

Maria Thomas recently shared a new tangle she's called Aquafleur. It's quite lovely, both organic and bold. This new tangle is the Diva's challenge this week, which is wonderful as I had tried it once (in the lower right, here) and have been wanting to give it another whirl. You can find the how-to in the Zentangle newsletter here.

Here's my first tile, in black and white.

It's so lovely I thought it deserved to be tried in aqua, or water-y, colors so I did an acrylic wash and tangled on it.
For a really beautiful example of this tangle, see Carole Ohl's Christmas tree here.

22 comments:

  1. It really is a stunning tangle in these two versions you share here, Margaret. I love the bold black and white one and it seems just as appropriate to put it in aqua colours! Axxx

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  2. Amazing use of aquafleur for gorgeous beauty!

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  3. Awesome, Awesome both of the tiles. Love the colored one, great shading and highlighting in both tiles.

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  4. That's a zentangle?! It's so creative and expressive! Wow! I am broadening my perception of the zentangle through reading your posts, that's for sure! I love these works!

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    1. Thanks Katherine! A while back the term 'monotangle' was coined (by Laura Harms?) for a piece of zentangle work that consists of a single tangle. They can be quite lovely, and it's a great opportunity to exercise one's creative muscles.

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  5. You have simply given shape to beauty!

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  6. Did you use fluid acrylics, Margaret? I have a few of those but not many. They are really expensive.
    So...when you tangle ON the acrylic wash, what did you use for the colored stripes? Colored pens?

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    1. I use ordinary tube acrylics thinned with water. Then I use ordinary Sakura pens, or Zig or Pitt.

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    2. Thanks Margaret! I have a lot of "ordinary" acrylics I can water down but not very many colored Sakura pens...just browns. But I do have iridescent pens that might work. Have you seen some of Helen Williams variations on Aquafleur? She loves the organic tangles. I see for your workshop at Paradise retreat you recommend Microns in various colors. Any particular colors you favor?

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    3. The 01 size Microns only come in seven colors (plus black). There's a bit more variety if you go to a larger size. I like all of them, but find the purple perhaps too dark.

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  7. They both are great but I am partial to your first one. I like the flow and shading.

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  8. Both are gorgeous! Great shading and highlighting! I

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  9. The light really bounces off both your beautiful tiles Margaret! Don't you just love Aquafleur!

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  10. Oh my goodness, it is breathtaking how they just morph into each other!

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  11. beautiful as always margaret. The blue/green one is my favorite.

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  12. I love both of these! great colors in the second one! really nice work!

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  13. These are both so beautiful. I love the tiny details, the swirl and the bead string, in the first one. But I adore the wash on the second one. Colors are tough for me. You did it beautifully.

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  14. Beautiful. I love the green colour wash - so lovely!

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  15. Truly lovely, you captured the essence of this tangle, your color selection is awesome.

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