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!