Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Challenge 27 - Duo aka-Dex is from Mars, Verdigogh from Venus

Dex plus Verdigogh = Double Trouble.  I think in this case opposites do not actually attract, more like co-exist. This was a difficult challenge for me as I rarely draw either of these tangles, however when one steps out of their comfort zone they are rewarded with some knowledge.  I learned a lot from this challenge and also had some fun in the process.  The background was painted first with water color  and left to thoroughly dry before I even started. No string was used, I just attacked the verdigogh  thinking it would be fun to have it radiate out from the center. Then used Dex as a background.  It was very hard for me to get the scale of the dex to be uniform. It was fun to play a little with adding color, so all in all I enjoyed this challenge.  Thanks Laura .

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Challenge 26 - String Theory - Spiral

 What great fun the challenge was this week.  We had to use a string that was a spiral, and this was rather new to me.  I found it gave surprising results as I worked "coaster" around one spiral.
I'm calling this one "string of pearls"  It is 8x10 on vellum finished bristle board.  Colored with Bic fine tipped markers.

I thought you might want to see the in progress photos I took, while doing my challenge this time.

This is before shading
    This is after shading.

I had some fun playing with my photo editing software and got these two images.

 This has an effect called "swirl",
Rather appropriate for this challenge.

This has an effect called "mirror"

They both are made from the original black and white ZIA.
One could spend hours just playing with our drawings.

Thank you Laura for another wonderful challenge.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Challenge 25 - zendala

This week's challenge is to use a mandala template created by Genevieve Crabe.  Since I love making mandalas this was a natural challenge for me.  The only thing that got in the way was a visit from by beautiful granddaughters and Vacation Bible school, but finally last night and this morning I was able to work on it.
I scanned it in Black and White before adding some color.  It's been a lot of fun seeing the vast variations that everyone has created on this challenge - really awesome work by all.
Thanks Laura and Genevieve!