Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Why did I think this would work?

While I was away on vacation I did this tile...

... and really liked the Romanancy outside the Aquafleur. I thought it would be quite interesting to combine the two tangles, doing the stripes of Aquafleur in Romanancy's bumps and flats. I chose a round Renaissance tile and drew a large wobbly circle for Aquafleur, then pencilled in the lines of its stripes.

Why did I think that would work? As soon as I began the second row of Romanancy it dawned on me that Aquafleur's stripes go from the center out, while Romanancy's go across the pattern. But I persevered.

Romanancy had to disappear into oblivion in the center, which wasn't going to work, so I ended up with a flower-thing in the middle. That's okay, maybe even good, as it's something different to look at.

I put Auras around the big shape. I like that effect with Aquafleur, but also wanted to separate it from whatever background I used.

Initially the background was all basic Tipple - black ink circles on the tan paper. I added white and gray. Why did I think that would work? It was way too monochromatic. I decided that the border needed to be darker so I blacked over a lot of the circles, thinking I'd add white circles back on.

But I had left too many tan colored circles, so to darken them I drew Black Pearlz in many of them, leaving a little crescent moon highlight instead of the usual oval. (I do like that!)

There still wasn't enough definition between the large shape and the background, so I made the second Aura white in a further attempt to lift it away.

Romanancy needed more contrast so I used a Zenstone to highlight the bumps. It was lovely, but not light enough so I used a white Prismacolor pencil.

The tan of the tile is pretty much lost. The 'curl-over' tops of Aquafleur are also lost. And it's still too monochromatic.

Nonetheless - wonder of wonders! miracle of miracles! - it looks pretty decent.

14 comments:

  1. I don't think you create anything less than spectacular!! This is beautiful! I enjoyed reading your thought process too. Absolutely lovely!

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  2. Margret, it is BEAUTIFUL! It looks like a shell to me surrounded by pearls. Oh I love pearls around my neck, but even more drawn on paper! I don't think it is to monochramatic, because of the tan paper and the shading you did it has a very sepia look!

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  3. I absolutely love this!! How come mine never turn out like that??? LOL

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  4. It looks AMAZING. Like it is popping clean off the page. Thanks so much for sharing your process. It is nice to know that even you struggle on occasion.

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  5. It's no wonder to me! I think everything you do is miraculous. I love it.

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  6. Agree that it is nice to hear your process. The first thing that popped out for me was the perspective achieved. I think that takes care of any of the issues with it being too monochromatic ( IMHO). To me it reminds of an overhead shot of a slightly opened, large table umbrellas with the Tipple being the pool deck. One the great things about art., We can all see different things. I think it is great.

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    1. I love your interpretation of an umbrella! I agree about the perspective. When I squint at it it looks too mid-toned, but who's going to look at it squinty? ;)

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  7. Beautiful as always!! Will you please tell me where I find the step out of Romancy?

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    1. Here are a couple of links:
      http://enthusiasticartist.blogspot.ca/2013/03/weekly-challenge-109.html
      http://zentangle.blogspot.ca/2013/02/tangle-heart.html

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  8. I love the romanancy, especially in the zendala, but I can't find a step-out anywhere to learn it myself. Can anybody direct me?

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    1. Here are a couple of links:
      http://enthusiasticartist.blogspot.ca/2013/03/weekly-challenge-109.html
      http://zentangle.blogspot.ca/2013/02/tangle-heart.html

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  9. It creates an optical illusion of movement, as though it were all moving towards the center flower. Too cool!

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  10. Wowzers! I miss the tick box, it's disappeared.

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