This week’s challenge was to create a tile using two official Zentangle patterns, called Mooka and Auraknot. I am hopeless at both of them. The Mooka always has wobbly lines and looks stringy instead of smoothly flowing across the page and the Auraknot always ends up with scrappy crossed lines and no depth. I mean, I’ve tried them quite a few times but I don’t improve. So I decided not to do the challenge. BUT. It kept nagging me. Honestly, it was like mental nettle rash until I gave up, scratched the itch and gave it a go.
I coloured a background of the tile first, hoping, I suspect, to disguise the mistakes I was about to make. Bizarrely, once I got started, I quite enjoyed it and was a lot more zentangle minded about it, doing the strokes more slowly, rather than rushing to see how it turned out, which is my usual modus operandi. I shaded it with metallic pencils and, in the end, was significantly less unhappy with it than I had expected.
It was then that I made the big, BIG mistake. Before linking to the Diva blog, I had a look at what other people had done. Oh dearie, dearie me. This challenge seems to have brought out the genius in everyone. If you don’t believe me, go and have a look. Some of the complex interwoven patterns, shaded in subtle tones or sharp and dramatic are just out of this world. Made my little offering look very sad and simple. In fact, it looks like a Christmas card topper, and that is its fate, I’m afraid.
So, for what it’s worth, here it is. Blue seems appropriate somehow. I have a lot to learn.
However, I also found a Facebook page called Ornation Creation, which I joined because some of the artwork on there is just so good. The guy who runs the page, Ben Kwok, puts a template on each week that you can download and either colour or pattern, or both. I went through the patterns and, although quite a few of them are not my style, there were some that did appeal to me and I had a go.
The first one had been put on the site for Halloween and was two pumpkins. I really enjoyed it and, although I have, I hope, improved it since I uploaded it, this is what I produced. (I added some shading to try for a bit for 3D effect.)
And then I found this moth, which caused all sorts of heartache, choosing patterns, choosing the wrong patterns, starting again, and again… This is the final version, which I think is right in places but is
A. too busy
B. lacking in depth, darkness, shade.
The question is, do I have the patience to do it again? Nah.
So today I continue with my self imposed mission to complete some of the half finished projects I have on the go. I have tidily set up folders to keep them in and I’m trying to remember to photograph and/or scan them before I put them on cards and give them away. Don’t know how long it’ll last, but we’ll see.