Monday, July 6, 2015

I am the Diva Challenge #225 & That's New to Me #27

"Color"
ATC using "Frost Flower" & "Soo Flowers"

The Diva is enjoying some much deserved vacay. This week's guest host~blogger, Jen Crutchfield's prompt is to go forth with some color, not a rainbow but 2 or 3. 
I'm currently working on some ATC's for the Facebook group, Zentangle Artists Trading Card Swap. The theme is watercolor. So I'm directing these two challenges into my ATC's today.

a new "H" pattern and artist focus on 
Michele Beauchamp (aka Shelly Beauch)
Mak-rah-mee & Heartbeat

I decided it was time to learn Mak-rah-mee. I've made a few clumsy attempts at this pattern in my sketchbook in the past and it vexes me every time and I give up. Shelly's work is nothing short of amazing... so delicate and elegant. I had a hard time searching for an "H" pattern to go with it. I ended up going with "Heartbeat" and tried using it as a fill first. Not successful, but once I tried it as a border I loved it. I'm definitely keeping it in the repertoire. 
It was gorgeous today so I headed to the park to draw. More "Mak-rah-mee":
These are all works-in-progress that I will be sending out into the world within the next couple of months. I'm a little OCD, but each one got a little bit less crappy.


Thanks for stopping by. Your generous comments always make my day.

33 comments:

  1. I love both your tiles Michele haven't seen the heartbeat one before :) it's great as a border. Nice work on the swaps too I started mine early but I have crappy watercolour paint and am not really happy with them as it's kind of chalky and crackled :(

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    1. Thanks Joanne! I just discovered "Heartbeat" on SuzyMosh's pinterest board. She has tons of patterns organized by letter. I'm really excited about the swap. I'm about halfway done.

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  2. Oh they are so lovely! The colors are awesome!

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    1. Thanks Kreanimo! The recent color challenges have forced me out of my comfort zone for sure.

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  3. I like your heartbeat border too. You are clever using watercolour with them and so many ATC, how productive,

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    1. Thanks YT! I'm participating in a swap where I've committed to send out 10 ATC's over the next couple of months.

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  4. Your ATCs are so pretty with the purple watercolor wash. Great job on Mak-Rah-Mee. Thanks for being part of the TNTM challenge this week!

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    1. Thanks Suzy! Your challenges are so inspiring. I don't think I would have studied each artist and produced the way I have without your prompts. Many thanks. Oh and your Pinterest page rocks!

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  5. Beautiful work, love the watercolours!

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  6. Wonderful Colors. Very Nice

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  7. Both are wonderful! Especially I like the frist one!

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  8. I never would have thought to use heartbeat for a border. It's just exactly right. I'm definitely going to start using it.

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  9. I love the beautiful soft colour choices. Really lovely.

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  10. Your colors are so rich! The palettes, and even the application, with the sort of bold splashy effect. And the patterns you've chosen. These are all just luscious! good work.

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  11. I love your Challenge zia. It makes me keep looking at it.

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  12. The backgrounds in your work are gorgeous! Looks like you had fun just doing the color, let alone those wonderfully tangled creations...enjoy your swap too!

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    1. Thanks Lynell! Ha ha...yes I really did have fun with it. I never know how its going to turn out, so when it doesn't turn into a big muddy mess I get very excited and do another one right away.

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  13. Beautiful with the water-colour backgrounds! Thanks for introducing Heartbeat - I love it as a border! Nicely done Mak-rah-mee; and I love the blue shading on Frost Flower.

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  14. Very cool, Michele! I'm particularly intrigued by the one with Umble tanglation in the last photo! Nice work.

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