Thursday, March 2, 2017

IAST Challenge #186 and The Bare Bones

String Challenge #186
Pi string featuring Pokeroot, W2 and Wacho

Adele challenges us to a piece inspired by Pi Day (3.14) with some Pie inspired patterns.
This one started off well, then took a wrong turn or two before I got it back on track. I had just made a new set of tissue paper colored tiles and found one that I thought could work with the string. I don't know why, but I started this off with a some trepidation. I'm not a fan of Pokeroot (though Pokeleaf is one of my favorite patterns) and that put me in a mood...which for some reason ignited the idea to track my process and give you The Bare Bones:

Aligning the string with the colors

The only thing I knew from the get-go was where I wanted W2
I like it big so I can decorate it

Wacho in the red corner came far so good
decorated Wacho in the W2...good!
then I had the idea to try a little pattern morphing
risky move 'cuz I'm not good at it
...sigh...not going the way I'd like it to...
I think the transitions look clumsy...maybe an Aura will help (or not)
I almost chucked it at this point and put it aside

...later that day...
more auras
a little better but I'm still on the fence

shading with a Tombow paint pen
it's looking better

 a little pink colored pencil
highlights with a white Prismacolor pencil
Finishing off with deeper shading, grey Tipple in the corner
some white gel pen highlights and (satisfied sigh) Done!

I actually can't stop looking at this tile now;-) So there you go. The anatomy of my tile.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your thoughtful and generous comments delight and inspire me;-)


  1. This inspires me. I haven't been able to settle in with any of the challenges this week...maybe I'll start with IAST and just copy straight off of you ;) or anyway, start with your idea of large W2 and see where it takes me! good stuff though. I like how it turned out, with the colors more backgroundish than dominant. Good work!

    1. Thanks Heidi!, This was a tough one but I'm glad I persevered.

  2. Absolutely stunning, Michele. I loved watching your process. You have made a mini-masterpiece and you did stay with the moody colors I so adore about your art. Have a great weekend! Denise

  3. These are again two absolutely fabulous tiles, wonderful tangles on wonderful colours, I love them very much!

  4. I have made a mistake, I 'm sorry. I mean one tile of course.

  5. You are the Howard Cosell of Zentangle-casting! I laughed out loud reading your narrative, as I heard myself frequently saying, "Maybe a little aura can pull this off!" A truly beautiful result and hilarious post!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! It all comes down to the shading in the end doesn't it? That's what my loopy internal critic keeps telling me:-)

  6. Thanks for showing us your progression photos Michele! I always love seeing how artists move through their work. So often I get stumped in my own! This really helps! :)

    1. Thank you Deanne! I've learned so much by seeing others posting progression. I'm so glad you found this useful;-)

  7. Oh, this tile is really wonderful! I love the colours and the patterns you used. Great work :-)

  8. Love to read and see the progression! I don' t do much color in tangling but when I do I'll remember this!😍