CALL IT BY ITS RIGHT NAME.
Diva Challenge # 237 this week was by guest Charlotte Carpentier, CZT, and involved finding something around the house that one could use for a stencil. I knew right away that--since it's fall--I wanted to use my apple corer.
After all, fall is all about apples, right?
I love my apple corer, and I love the many varieties of autumn apples.
And I often use the corer as a quick way to draw the string for a Zendala. It works like a charm for that.
She also suggested we use a spray color with the stencil to form a string for our work, so I puzzled about that and thought about a watercolor wash, but then realized that I have a bottle of Walnut Distress Spray, never used, and I decided to give that a try.
So, spritz, spritz, spritz...and I came up with this. Alas, I began tangling on it before I remembered to take a photo, but you can still get the idea of what the string looked like--kind of a cross between a Renaissance Tile and a plain white one.
WHERE THE TITLE OF THIS POST CAME FROM:
As you can see, the instant I had the string I thought of using the tangle Foot-lites by Carole Ohl, CZT for some of the sections. But I couldn't quite remember how to do it since it had been awhile. And...UNFORTUNATELY...my aging brain remembered the title as "Spotlights." So off I went, googling Spotlights and getting nowhere. A couple of puzzled and frustrated hours later (it was pretty late at night by my standards, so being tired was not helping), I put out a call to other CZTs and Lauren Spiegel Eldon came to my rescue, asking if perhaps I might be looking for Foot-lites, not Spotlights? She was very tactful and of course I had a massive "DUH!!!!" moment.
Ah, the aging brain.
It matters to call something by its right name.
But I was on my way. Here is the resulting tangle for the Diva Challenge:
I'm not quite sure what I was intending with the white pencil on the brown sections...I may have to re-do some of that, but overall I like it. In addition to the Walnut Distress Spray, I used a Rainbow Pencil, a Prismacolor White Pencil, and a Brown Micron 01.
And now for a little iPhone app fun with the tile from this challenge:
9/29/2015 08:18:49 pm
That is gorgeous! And I love how you didn't fill the whole thing. Beautiful :-)
9/29/2015 08:52:53 pm
I adore your apple core (er). That is awesome! Well done!
9/29/2015 10:08:15 pm
Thank you both so much.
10/1/2015 02:08:08 am
Brilliant idea using your apple corer as a stencil. I was hoping something in my kitchen would jump out as a stencil, but. alas, nothing did. Perhaps its time to invest in an apple corer. I really like the effect you achieved with the distressed walnut spray.(What is the spray usually used for?) I also think you came up with a very satisfying composition by keeping it simple. I'm really bad at knowing when I really ought to stop. (About your experience misremembering Foot-lites----Been there. Done that. (All the time.))
10/1/2015 07:43:15 am
Thank you both! Suzanne, I think the Walnut Distress Spray is mean to be used with fabric (though actually I'm not sure)--I bought it to use for punchneedle embroidery. Although I've had it a long time and havne't used it until now with this tangle. Glad to know I'm not the only one who can no longer remember names...oy.
10/1/2015 02:22:02 am
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Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
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