Away in the sun for a few days with Rachel, Kris and Ben, we have escaped back to the apartment before launching into another game of vampire orcas in the swimming pool with Ben organising us into teams of hunter and hunted. All this because, on the first day, I had him playing with an inflatable whale to boost his confidence in the water. Since he is always talking (usually to dish out instructions – born to be a sergeant major, I think) he swallows as much water as he swims in but it doesn’t seem to do him any harm.
I did manage to catch the Diva Challenge this week, although I haven’t looked at anyone else’s attempts yet. It’s a stunner. I love Margaret Bremner’s work and this is new pattern from her called Skye. However, it’s a high concentration pattern and I had a helluva time with it. At the third attempt, I managed a passable result, filled the rest of the tile with other patterns and then realised I missed the alternation of the over/under bits. Dammit. Well, I’ll have another go later but, as the Diva says, it is what it is.
I’ve been experimenting with colour recently. I find if I use my Inktense pencils for a background, the Microns get clogged up when I try to pattern on top, so I’ve tried my Koi water colour brushes instead. First, on a sort of Aztec design and I’m not unhappy with it.
The one at the top of the page is another experiment but I forgot to take a picture before adding the patterns. And then I saw a tile in a shop window and wondered if I could produce something similar. This is it coloured and ready for patterns.
And then I did some white on brown for a change.
And that will have to be all for now, world, Ben is calling and I have to go. Be good, won’t you?