Challenge #119 - Ebony and Ivory

Center (black Kooty Catcher) attached,
closed
Center (black Kooty Catcher) attached, partially opened -
you can peek on the inside
Center (black Kooty Catcher), attached to top.
fully opened, lying flat


The Diva's challenge this week #119 asked us to deal with Black (Ebony) and White (Ivory) and tried to have equal amounts of both in our tile. Laura suggested using high contrast tangles like Knightbridge, Alium, etc. Those which have strong contrast between light and dark. Thats one way to do it. I chose to emulate Maria Thomas' current Zentangle block post using black and white tiles. Check it out, it's phenomenal!

I folded a black card stock square in the old "Kooty Catcher" fashion for the center, laid it on my white tile and outlined it loosely. I am okay with the fact that it's not perfectly aligned on the white tile, my "process" can be seen.

I then tangled my white tile leaving the outline center square blank. I used Paradox for the corners and then a curvey, undulating Muchin tangleation, and a little Tipple for texture.

I then worked on the black: layed it on my white tile fully opened and flat, and kept lifting the corners to reference the tangles underneath. After the center (inside) of the black was complete, or at least outlined with the white gel pen, I closed my catcher and completed the closed version referencing and continuing the tangles from the white tile onto the black.

I didn't glue it down till it was complete so the reference is not perfect, it moved, but I really love the results and it was a learning process. I used a few pieces of double-sided tape to attach the Kooty Catcher to the center of the white tile.

Once I got everything basically drawn and lined up I went back in and added shading (graphite on the white tile) and white pencil on the black. It's not perfect but it was an exciting and totally Zen experience. I Loooove it! (if I do say so myself). I'm definitely going to do this again and try to align it perfectly. This was my first version so I have so many other versions to come, no?

I'm going to try and get some pictures with my camera to show the dimension. I scanned the first three views so the flatbed doesn't do the 3-D aspect any justice.


showing completed tiles separately; front and back of black tile

Scanned in tile with black catcher opened
I hope you can sort of see the inside and the 3-D effect


28 comments:

  1. Wow mega!!What an innovative idea! Congratulations and well done. Beautifully designed and fulfilled the criteria 100%.

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  2. This is a fantastic approach and execution. I had never heard the term Kooty catcher before. We called them fortune tellers when I was growing up.

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  3. Oh I must have a go at this....well done Danni!!

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  4. Oh WOW...this is so very special!!!
    And so well done, Perfect!

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  5. You are a master, and I love, love, love, how you played with this challenge and the results are outstanding!

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  6. What fun! I love your approach to this; what balance with everything. I did not feel very Zen doing mine, but I feel all warm and relaxed looking at yours. :)
    Diana

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  7. I love this idea and am definitely going to give it a try. How about zentangle cooties? Also liked your flowing designs.

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  8. Love the idea of using two papers. I saw that in the post of Maria and Rick too. And loved it right away. The end result is beautiful.

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  9. This is so clever. I absolutely love it; and it's also really innovative and creative. Great job.

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  10. FUN!!! I love the kooty catcher/fortune teller I have heard them called both. Wish I had the confidence to try this. Beautiful

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  11. This is incredible. Thank you for sharing step by step. You did a wonderful job of creating.

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  12. Very creative approach. Really like the patterns on the inside. Looks like you have mastered the art of using the white gel pen.

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  13. Wow, great idea, and what a lot of work! It turned out beautifully and is very inspiring! Great creativity!

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  14. What more is there to say, you did soooo well.

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  15. Wellll, would you look at THIS amazingly creative ZIA! This is a fabulous piece, so cleverly executed. You sure did add a whole lot of fun to this challenge. Nice.

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  16. Love your approach - and the terrific result!

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  17. Too clever - seriously! I'd really like to see these in person.

    NKC

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  19. This is really lovely. You do white on black very well!

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