Tuesday, February 10, 2015

for Joey's week 47 challenge

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Luv-A, Hugs and Kisses and Marasu

This is the weirdest tile I've ever created because it started off with a very intentional direction then totally veered out of control...which is why I love it and hate it at the same time. It's definitely got its flaws but I embrace it because upon reflection, I feel like it truly embodies the Zentangle journey. It went something like this:
The parameters were to start with this string...

...oh cool! I'm still obsessed with the spiral pattern "Marasu", so I knew exactly what I was going to do first~ go rogue by not using any of the prescribed patterns...yet. I did the spiral- color, highlight, shadow, then pondered my pattern options;

Luv-A, Loveline, Hugs & Kisses and Kiss

By this point I was familiar with all but one of the patterns-"Hugs & Kisses". Upon investigation I was not keen on it and had no intention of using it. I ixnayed "Loveline" from the get-go because no matter how I've played it over the last several challenges, I can't get it to look good. I was going with "Luv-A" and "Kiss". 
I discovered "Kiss" awhile back while pursuing another string challenge. It's the background pattern behind the feather. I like this pattern a lot and had every intention of using it again.

As the tile moved along, "Kiss" disappeared and "Hugs and Kisses" clumsily worked it's way in, I considered abandoning it more than once but kept at it. I purchased my first white gel pen yesterday and figured it would at least make a good practice ground, so I kept going.
I thought it was finished more than once, but something kept me going with it. When I finally called it finished, I considered not posting it and had a fleeting thought to start a new one, but decided it was noteworthy whether I begin again or not. We shall see.
Anyhoo, thanks to all of you who take the time to read these musings and many thanks to those who take the time to comment. I truly appreciate all of you.


  1. I know how you feel, I wasn't feeling the hearty love for mine either. However I really like yours. The netful of luv-a looks lovely and I love how you uesed the swirls to make the rigth part of the heart.
    Great shading. It's a lively piece. :)

  2. Interesting thoughts! I have to say, however you might feel about this, it looks like a finished piece, and I would have thought you intentionally did it so it would look like a basket of flowers.

  3. I think this is fantastic!! I love it!! What a creative way to use Marasu .... I love it too but never thought to use it sort of "structurally"!! It works so wonderfully - and then to have that basket with the hearts in it - super love it!!

    ~ Diane Clancy

  4. I like it a lot. I am glad you stuck with it. I think the bottom looks like beaded fringe.