Monday, June 15, 2015

Diva Weekly Challenges

#222 - Colors of the Rainbow

The Diva's Weekly Challenge is just that - posted on Monday with a theme, usually based on one of the creator's activities.  I have been lurking for a few weeks - this week (June 15, 2015) seemed like a good place to start...

The Diva's inspiration for this challenge is the beginning of summer activities with her family.  Since today is the first official day of my two month summer break from school - this is an appropriate one for my first submission to the Diva!  The title, "Colors of the Rainbow" told me first, I wanted to work in a curve - a round piece.  I've been all about the organic garden lately (maybe because that is the most recent class I took), so I created a garden scene, and where I would usually shade or highlight, I used the colors of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.  Here is the result:
4.5" Zendala tile
Micron pen 01 and watercolor pencil


Thank you mentor - who pointed out I forgot the stippling on the dragonair - beginner's mistake ... Also mentioned that about 1/3 should be "dark" ... I knew that!  
In my rush to get the challenge posted, I overlooked several important factors!  I went back to the piece and added ... to get a little darker and add depth, I enhanced a few areas and added graphite shading - what a difference a little shading can make!

Take 2







23 comments:

  1. How pretty this turned out. The watercolor pencil certainly makes for a soft and delightful color.

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  2. Oh it is so beautiful, such subtle colouring. I wish my garden looked like this. Enjoy your summer break

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  3. Nicely done.. Flux is one of my favorites. I love how it looks in your tile.

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    1. I like flux too - one of the first patterns I learned, and I use a lot.

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  4. The soft, gentle colors are so pretty and go well with your garden theme. Welcome to the wonderful world of The Diva...a delightfully kind group of fellow travellers. Glad you're here!

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to more challenges, and I appreciate all the feedback. It will help me "grow"...

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  5. I think this is a very 'sweet' tile, lovely!

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  6. I usually love shading with graphite, but for this particular tile, I think I prefer the soft delicateness you achieved before you added the graphite shadiing. I think the technique of using color where you would ordinarily shade worked really well. Very nice.

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    1. I think I like the first one a bit better too - they definitely have different looks. It's all a learning process .... although I like the little bit of shading at the very bottom in the front ... maybe erase to lighten what's on dragonair and flus ... maybe a take 3

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    2. Where is the edit button? Flux not flus! Typo ...

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  7. Lovely work! Iike it in both forms: with and without the shades! Wonderful!

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  8. Your garden--and your shading with colors--is lovely! I, too, think I might like the first one better. AND I haven't ever used stippling on Dragonair. It's your work, you get to decide :)

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    1. Thanks - and thank you for the encouragement and support.

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