Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Diva Challenge #178: "Duotangle by the Letter!"

The Diva is back. This week's challenge is a duotangle. Unlike other duotangles where everyone used the same tangles we get to choose. The parameter though is that we are suppose to use tangles that begin with our initials. My initials are D W. I contemplated a few different tangles before I settled on the ones that I used. This tile is also a stretch for me. The last couple of challenges I stayed with basic Zentangle ® method using black with graphite shading.  I enjoy doing those, but challenges are suppose to challenge us. I chose to do this with color. I've done some similar things on cards that I made but this is not the norm for me. I was pleased with the results. I will add a few more comments under the picture. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.




Tangles used: Dragonair, Wells(freehand)

I used both my Inktense and Irojiten colored pencils on this. I am still working on this process. I did not burnish any of the color. If I have time I want to go back and do that. May post what that looks like when I do. On the other hand I also like the texture that this provides so I may decide not to. Comments/suggestions on this would be appreciated. 

I got a little carried away on the Well when I first started. In true Zentangle® fashion though had to decide how to remedy it. While not exactly what I was envisioning in my mind, it did turn out. I used Helen Williams of A Little Lime for the inspiration to do a free hand well and not do a grid. You can see her examples of different ways to do Well by clicking here. This will take you to her pattern page. You can scroll down to see what she did. She also has a duotangle on her home page of Well and Punzel. You can see that here.
Some day I hope to be able to be a little closer to her proficiency in doing such tangles and use of color. 

If you have not done so, would encourage you to visit I Am the Diva to look at what others have posted. I have only seen a few on my reader so am anxious to see all the different pieces.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

Go Tangle!!

16 comments:

  1. Isn't Helen wonderful and a great teacher too? I like how you included her style in your tangle and I think the color is a great addition to this beautiful floral looking piece.

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  2. Beautiful Tile, Donald. I like the Patterns you selected, and how you used them. I really like the color texture you have achieved. If burnishing is tried, I'd try it on the violet colors, leaving the gorgeous green texture intact. Wonder job, and I enjoyed reading your post. Great links to Helen's blog. Thanks.

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  3. Donald, Nice work with your color! I recently discovered Dragonair, and I really like what you did with it here and using well the way that Helen shows out of the grid worked really nicely for this tile. I love the organic look of it!

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  4. I think that the colours are very successful - particularly like the green!

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  5. I love the colours and your Well out of the box is great. Helen Williams's work is great inspiration, like you I too would like one day to reach her level of proficiency, some way to go yet but it's enjoyable practising. Linda

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  6. Lovely tile, Donald. I like what you have done with the colour. Green and purple - my favourite colour combination. Lovely little flowers in their containers. Don't you just love all the things you can do with Well?

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  7. Beautifully done. The colours work nicely :)

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  8. Wow Donald, this is really something different! It turned out beautiful and the colors are so too. I also like the 'basic' zentangle, but sometimes it's nice to leave that path for a while.

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  9. So lovely tile! I like your way to use Dragonair here! Nicely colouring, too!

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  10. I love this. I don't know how burnishing would change this - if you like it, leave it, and try burnishing next time around! The colors are very pleasing and the composition wonderful. Floral, and yet with that bit of fantasy that the Zentangle patterns lend to a piece. Superb!

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  11. This is a very pretty tile, Donald and quite different for you. The colours are really lovely. Axxx

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  12. Wow, I love what you have done here!! I do hope we'll be seeing more of your work with color! You did a fabulous job with it! Coloring adds a whole other form of choice and outcome!! The true bkack and white is always fantastic though too! It looks like you really enjoyed working on this piece! It is beautiful!! :0) Share Humanity

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  13. Beautiful tile. I like the organic feel.
    I keep getting surprised from the color pencil abilities. Very nice coloring.
    Thank you also for writing about the source of inspiration. It allowed me to follow the links and find another fine resource

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  14. Great tile! Love the coloring!

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