Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Challenge # 9: Li'l Artoo

Laura Harms' little love bug of a baby is now home with his family after a bout in the hospital. We are all very happy about that. I loved seeing his sweet little face on her site this week. Now THAT is some inspiration!
   Laura's challenge for this week is to use her new tangle, lovingly called, Artoo. This tangle holds lots of rhythm and flow. It was great fun!
   I'm finding more and more that I love the shading process. Once the pen is down, I pick up the pencil and feel like I get to start all over again! The shading process gives me an opportunity to discover the shapes and layers that have emerged in the tangling process. Because I don't know where I'm headed in a Zentangle, I haven't planned for the shapes and layers, they have magically appeared. So the shading is when I go hunting for shapes and layers and play with 'drawing' them out.
  Once this was finished, I saw it had a womb-like quality, with the Artoo blossoming out of it. The womb is still in front, connected to the edge of the tile (the outside world). And the Artoo is floating to the outside world as well.
   Thank you, Laura for showing us more than just a fun tangle.





20 comments:

  1. This tile represents to me, Artoo being wrapped in love. The background of Florz is very effective in creating depth and interest. Beautiful. I enjoyed your sharing your process too.

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  2. Very, very pretty! And it really does flow beautifully!

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  3. "expansive beauty" simphony ,part IV."vivace" rhyhtm...it is music to me

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  4. I knew it would be great....and it is! Wonderful use of "Artoo"

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  5. Very very nice. I like how Florz recedes toward the center of the tile and the big ribbon around it all. I couldn't agree more with your comments about shading! I find it can also promote something I like in the tile and hide something I'm not that happy with.
    --Margaret

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  6. Beautiful interpretation of Artoo as if it's a blossom. On another note what is your secret to photographing your pieces or do you scan them. You consistently produce some of the best photos. Thanks

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  7. Ohh this is beautiful... so careful but lyrical
    Frankie
    xx

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  8. Very beautiful! I agree with Joni, the ribbon has sort of a heart shape with Artoo wrapped in love!

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  9. Thanks, everyone. Tinkered, I scan them. I have Photoshop and can then lighten or darken if the scanner acts funny, which sometimes it does.

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  10. I love the balance you create in your Zentangles. This is yet another example of real beauty!

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  11. Zippity doo daa Carole! I love the weaving in and out the way artoo sits like a bouquet!

    Verification word.....fabla! Fun

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  12. Whispering many shades of beauty ~ Thanks for your mana‘o ~ your interpretation of what shading means to you ~ This really helps me because I often forget to shade and now it seems so much more important.

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  13. Your idea and explanation of creating layers answers a question about my own tangles that I didn't even know I needed to ask! Thanks for your inadvertent mini-lesson! I love Artoo used as a bouquet (or maybe a compound flower center?)

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  14. This is spectacular, Carole! I love the four Artoo leaves arranged as a square in the centre, with the three leaves behind them arranged in an encapsulating triangle. It makes for a beautiful aesthetic and stable anchor for the eye to wander out from in all directions. Brilliant design layout!! (My graphic design brain is often switched on by your ZT's. Can't help myself! I keep looking and looking because I want to figure out exactly what it is that's really captured my attention in each piece. It's a great way to learn. [smile])

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  15. Beautiful! I like your interpretation of this design. They look great all clustered together.

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  16. Beautiful creation, and the shading really completes the design.

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  17. Oh, Carol, this is gorgeous! I love the depth and movement. Wow.

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  18. You are just TOO GOOD! Beautiful! Maybe some of you will rub off on me at Float Fest - ya think????

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