Today I was reading a very helpful post on white-on-black tiles by Betsy Wilson, and tested out some of her techniques (which is why my result below resembles a highly mediocre version of one of her her originals). I think Betsy will be my new idol--from the little I've seen of her other posts I really love her work.
I often like my own work too, even though I know that I need practice. But I don't particularly like this tile below. I also don't think comparisons are often useful, but even I can see, when I compare my tile to hers, that I have a long way to go. I understand, however, that practice will be my savior here. I will keep at it. Holding out Betsy's technique as a model will be useful, not discouraging, even though I am not at all thrilled with this first try.
This tile started out with the central Meer motif; I was using a white Broad UniBall Signa pen, and the ink was NOT going on well at all. It was not fun to use. Next I repeated the Meer motif in the upper left with a Faber Castell white colored pencil, testing that out. Better, but so much fainter it seemed to be disappearing on the black paper. Not happy with that either. Finally I did the Meer motif on the lower right with a white GellyRoll pen. Surprisingly, I liked that best--which isn't saying much. The coverage on all three was not that good.
At that point I thought I had finished, but then threw in some Rainbow Lead pencil for a bit of color, and added the Beadlines.
My overall feeling: Meh. (Live and learn)
Well, since I wasn't thrilled, I couldn't just leave it alone, so I went into my iPhone and used my mirror app on it. I don't know if that made it better or worse! I am definitely fascinated with this app...see below.
And just one more try with the app...see below.
I find this mirroring app mesmerizing. These hardly resemble the original at all.
More practice (and perhaps studying more of Betsy's blog) should help me improve my technique.
I can feel a major research project with the black tiles coming on!
While I'm on the topic of inspiring blogs:
If any of you reading this are confused about what Zentangle® is and why it should not be called doodling, take just a moment and read this post by CZT Sandy Hunter. I love what she's written here.
Don't get me wrong; I'm a big fan of doodling and I doodle all the time, but doodling has a different genesis and purpose, as I discussed in this post which I wrote in June of 2014.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project