Challenge #181 - Water

Bijou's cousins? Sanibelle, Printemps, Dansk, using the W string,
lot's of auras and swirls and Emily Dickinson poem
"I could not drink it sweet"
The Diva's challenge #181 asks us to use water as our inspiration. I chose to focus on the letter W as my string and then try and emulate the movement of water, ripples, spirals, transparencies, I added lot's of swirls in the fashion on Printemps, a Dansk variation, auras, and swirls, and the lovely colors of my Inktense watercolor pencils; blue green, purple, and a touch of burgundy.

For my background I tried resist technique using my white gel pen as a resist and layering my pencils and wash over the white pen once dry. The blogs I've read say to leave the gel pens overnight, not happening... I still like the effect. It's subtle and watery but I'm sure if I follow the longer drying time next time it will be more effective, but I'm not a patient tangler.

I added Emily Dickinsons "I could not drink it sweet", as a texture in my swirl, not well done but I love the effect of her swirling words.

Then as I was looking at all the lovely swirls and water I begin seeing Bijou's cousins appearing. Oh those little devils... little antennae peeking throughout, my oh my, that little Bijou's influence is everywhere!

Water: ING tangelation, Sanibelle, Zenplosion Folds,
White gel pen, Inktense watercolor pencils,
and lot's of shading and line work

I'm really into this water challenge so I continued my journey. My second version uses the same process of white gel background for resist, laying color over top. I let this one sit a little longer to dry and that seemed to help the batik effect I was trying to achieve.

I began using the new tangle ING through the center as a beginning, it morphed and changed and turned into a curvy durvy little cone shaped shell/coral that just screamed for some Zenplosion folds growth. Once I added the texture lines I saw beautiful shells so I decided to add the pink just like Conch and scallop shells. Sanibelle was a great enhancement and continued the water theme beautifully. I texturized my background with white gel pen and then added color to my final version.

Bijou's cousin appeared here also, after all it's water and shells what more do I need to say?



3 views, original line drawing, enhanced line and shading added,
Final version color added (which brings out the white gel pen resist in the background)



23 comments:

  1. Beautiful tile. I love your choice of tangles and colors :)

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  2. I love your ties, well done!

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  3. So pretty and I like that you showed the progress at the bottom.

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  4. Both are beautiful! I also enjoyed seeing the in progress works.

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  5. Wonderful write up on your design processes, and the resultant Tiles are awesome. Love them both. Your Bijou cousins are wonderful. Thanks for a terrific post.

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  6. Very creative work, I love it.

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  7. Wonderful tiles! Beautiful colouring and lovely effect with the white gel pen on the coloured background!

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  8. beautiful tiles. I think I'm going to try your resist technique as I love the results and I just bought my first white pens.

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  9. very nice backgrounds, I like this

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  10. Beautiful and so well done!!

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  11. Ooh! I want to try that white gel pen/wash technique. I really like how you've got it all thru your background in both tiles. Very pretty.

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  12. I love how you used the white gel pen in the background. It gives a lot of movement and is soft. They are beautiful! :0) Share Humanity (ps thanks for the bit of sunshine on my blog!!)

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  13. Like the resist background on your tiles. Does give an interesting effect. Like your curvy Ing and the way it floats across the tile. Like the rich blue color on the second tile.

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  14. Wow !
    Beautiful, straight from a fairytale book ...

    May I add - beautiful

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  15. I second the Wow! Your tiles are gorgeous and the colors are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process. Very nice post.

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  16. Sehr schöne Fliesen, wunderschöner Hintergrund !

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  17. Thank you for your kind comments on my water challenge!! Yours are lovely - especially in love with your 2nd one :)

    Got married that week and had 2 bats in the house so way behind!!
    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2014/08/diva-water-challenge-entry

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