Friday, July 12, 2013

Flor de la Vida

I've been doing things with the classic Flower of Life pattern recently. You can see some pieces here. I don't want to call all the pieces "Flower of Life" so I'm using different languages! I tried another round tile with the one main circle in pink and the rest in green.
I liked it enough, but there seemed to be too much distinct separation between the green and the pink. What to do? I remembered four hummingbird pictures I'd saved and covered with layers of acrylic matte medium, thinking I might use them on ATCs. Maybe one of them could be added here.
Nice, but it really didn't show up very well. More work needed. I added color with a light pink brush pen, outlined the beak with a black 005 Micron pen, and put a few pink lines here and there on the bird. Then I made the main 'flower' more pink, which turned out to be too much pink and dominated the bird. But it was the lightest pink pen I have. Hmm.
Out with the trusty white pen to lighten it again. That's better. I added more pink to the wing on the right and a few pale pink bits around the edges of the tile. I think that's it. I like how the bird may not be the first thing you notice, but it's a nice little surprise.


  1. Lovely. The hummingbird ingenious.

  2. Exciting result - it cost of such work!

  3. This is sooo stunning! The wings of the humming bird give the illusion of rapid movement just like the humming birds in my garden! Your work is always a show-stopper!

  4. I love the original! and the final~ the hummingbird is a nice surprise. I also like that you went back in with the white and lightened the middle back up. you have very lovely work.

  5. Thanks for sharing your process Margaret. Your work is inspirational. I really enjoy your application of colour, and your many ideas for composition. This latest is rather stunning. Quite a delight!

    1. Thank you. I always find it interesting to hear/see how someone else does something. While I may use the idea or technique, what I do will never be the same as what someone else did. That's why I never mind sharing my how-to. :)

  6. Wow, Margaret, I love your style since I tried on your paradox tangle, but this one is sooooo pretty!!! I love it!
    I really like the way you use different colours in your tiles. That makes it so interesting to watch. And the hidden hummingbird is so lovely!

    May I ask you witch pens you use for the colours? I never found such thin pens in colour as my normal black pen for the zentangles is.

    Lots of greetings from Germany,

  7. Gorgeous! I love the way the hummingbird ties the whole tile together.