crescent moon

round and round we go

Thank you everyone for your well wishes in the last post, I am feeling well enough to participate in the festivities now. :)

Here’s my tile for Joey’s 48th challenge. The theme is polka dots, and we are to draw a tile with non-overlapping circles and fill them with tangles. I used Mak-rah-mee to outline three circles, then filled them in. I added some colour with watercolour pencils. It was my first time using colour in a tile and I still feel like there’s something missing. Does anyone have suggestions on how I could improve this? (Feel free to leave a comment even if you don’t have suggestions!)

Assunta, Avreal, Crescent Moon, Echoism, Mak-rah-mee, Rain, Tagh, Verdigogh

Assunta, Avreal, Crescent Moon, Echoism, Mak-rah-mee, Rain, Tagh, Verdigogh

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ripening jetties

After my last tile which was rather dark, I wanted to do a tile that had a lighter feel. I also wanted to play a bit more with Pokeroot as I had a feeling it would look better on a long branch.

Crescent Moon, Diva Dance, Jetties, Pokeroot, Shattuck

Crescent Moon, Diva Dance, Jetties, Pokeroot, Shattuck

I went with plenty of white space and light shading, with Pokeroot falling from the branch as Jetties. Before shading, Pokeroot looked like cherries, but after shading, I think it looks more like oranges! I tried to shade Pokeroot so it would like it was lifted off the paper. The light and airy look of this tile makes me happy.

mirror mirror on the wall

I’ve been learning the official Zentangle tangles one by one, so that I now know quite a few tangles, but haven’t used most of them in a tile. Thus I decided to draw a tile to practise some of them.

Unlike my previous tiles, I didn’t plot which tangles to use or where to put each tangle before starting. I just divided up the tile with a string and filled in each space with a random tangle. The only two tangles I knew I wanted to use were Munchkin, because I love it, and Cadent, because I hadn’t gotten the hang of it yet, but it’s a basic tangle and I wanted to be confident in using it.

Cadent, Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Munchin, Nzeppel, Sedgling

Cadent, Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Munchin, Nzeppel, Sedgling

I’m most surprised by Nzeppel. I’ve always thought of it as a black image on a white background. But here, I felt the white bubbles were popping towards me, and I shaded it as so. I made a little mistake with Munchkin where I put some lines in directions that I didn’t intend for them to go, but the overall effect is still fine. Also with Cadent, in the upper right, I accidentally shaded the wrong triangle in one of the squares. I then decided to shade the rest of the squares around it the same way, and it looks intentional now! Sedgling was the toughest for me.

I wasn’t intending to use this for a challenge, but just before I posted this, I saw Joey’s Weekly Tangle Challenge #43, where she asked us to draw 4 mirror images of the same design. I cheated, I just used Photoshop to flip the image four ways.

Same tile, mirror imaged

Same tile, mirror imaged

The effect is interesting. The middle with Crescent Moon reminds me of peacock feathers.