Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Purple Haze

The Diva's 54th Challenge: Purple Haze. Read through Laura's post to find out why she chose purple.

Using color in Zentangle is always a little daunting to me. I rarely think about adding color. Because I love the black and white and shading, I'm quite happy to stick with that. But, the challenge being just that: a challenge, I am grateful to have someone nudge me out of my box, so thank you, Laura!
   I began with a string of purple blobs, made with random purple watercolor pencils I happened to have handy. The color was a bit more on the magenta than purple side, so in the end, I added a little more purple, and a bit of blue. I was having a hard time with this one, and it seemed like it just wasn't finished, no matter what I did. I could feel myself wanting to overwork the whole thing, so I let it lay for a bit.
   As always, just when I don't know I need something, it appears. I was blog hopping and was happy to see that Zentangle had a new post. Wa-la! I needed a little dark to balance all that complex swirling I was doing! All the shading in the world wasn't helping, but once I read the blog about the one third/two thirds proportion, I knew that's where the answer was: a little more black! It's still busy, but it feels a little more balanced. Thanks Laura and Maria (and/or Rick) for pulling me forward today. I might just try another!





22 comments:

  1. Very nice, Carole. And I see what you mean about adding more dark/contrast in the second tile.

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  2. Very nice. And the extra black really does add definition and balance.

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  3. So organic and elaborate. Love the extra black, it does serve to ground it....

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  4. Carole, love it both ways, but I do agree that the blacks adds something it needed. Also, love how you used Fengle, it's mesmerizing.

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  5. I love this one!
    Your compositions always are so very good.

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  6. I agree with everyone. I also think it gives it an almost 3-D look. Not quite, but if you did it again I really think you could make it POP! Your work is always so nice.

    If you ever move to Seattle or Tacoma WA, I'll take a class from you.

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  7. I prefer the second one also. The stripes make the swirls stand out more. Lovely! btw. :)
    --Margaret

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  8. Beautiful! The additional black makes it even more striking!

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  9. I really like the look of the watercolor pencils and this case I think the busy works!

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  10. Wonderful tile and adding more black really added depth!

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  11. Wow that's a spectacularly tangled fengle!

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