Monday, October 26, 2015

Vacation tiles

My husband and I were fortunate to spend a week in Bermuda visiting his sister and her husband.

Yes, of course I took art supplies! I didn't do as much as I thought I might, however. There's just too much else interesting to do. We went snorkelling a couple of times, took boat rides, swam, visited historic sites and shops, ate well, walked a lot, really enjoyed the scenery, and generally relaxed. Just what we needed. But I did do a few tiles, and here they are.

I'm trying to do more tan tiles, partly because I usually like the results but also because I don't really like brown (unless it's something that normally might be brown like wood, leather, clay, hair. etc.).
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Cubine, Paradox, Seljuk, Yew-Dee
and a nod to Tripoli
It just seemed very appropriate to do Aquafleur while in Bermuda. Aquafleur is a tangle designed by Maria Thomas when they visited the island a while back. I had a black/gray wash to begin with - not ideal for the edges of Aquafleur - and I needed to disguise some of the black lines under the colored ink.
(You can find Maria's step-outs for drawing Aquafleur here.)
Tangles: Aquafleur, Beadlines, Tipple
Bermuda has rather unique buildings. They are generally pastel-colored with white, stepped roofs. What a delight to drive along roads with buildings that are pink, mint green, pale orange, yellow, and sky blue! That, plus the lush vegetation and the incredible turquoise water is a real feast for the eyes. The roof style was originally for collecting and purifying rain water.
Tangles: Dex, Featherfall, Floo, Sanibelle, Snaylz, Tipple, Vega
I had another tile with a gray wash. Once, when it caught my eye, it looked like a lone pine tree.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Diva Dance (with dots), Featherfall,
Floo, Flux, Paradox, Sindoo, Tipple, Wud (with ribbons)


  1. I love them all, and I hope you had a wonderful trip! Bermuda is one of the places on my list!

  2. I love all of them, Margaret. Your work is always intriguing to me. What do you mean by a gray wash? Are you putting the wash on the whole tile before tangling?

    1. Yes. I often put a wash on the paper first. Sometimes black ink (which becomes gray) and sometimes color (which is usually either acrylic paint of water-soluable pencil).

  3. Ahhhh. . . Bermuda. So lovely. And you really captured the ambience that was everywhere. Love the tiles, and glad you had a chance to enjoy this amazing place.

  4. Oh,wow! All of them are absolutely breathtaking! :)