SPITTING IMAGE, OR IMAGE OF SPIT?
For Joey's Weekly Tangle Challenge #85, the monotangle this week is Verdigogh. I love Verdigogh and knew I wanted to enter, so here is what I came up with. Unfortunately, I decided to try adding a few water droplets on the actual tile for the first time. I've tried them on scrap paper before, but never on an actual Zentangle® tile. The result? Well, read about what happened under the photo. But I'll give you a hint: I haven't stopped laughing since I finished tangling. Does this look like water droplets, or does it look as though someone spit on the tile?
For reasons I don't entirely understand, I think this result is hilarious. The tiny black dotty things are not meant to be water--they are meant to be berry-like add-ons and are frequently used with this tangle. I'm fine with those. But OMG, the water...or is it spit? Or some gummy form of dough? That's the bit that I think is funny.
Admittedly I didn't think it was funny when I was wrestling with it. I'm no expert on water droplets (hah! as you can see!) but all my previous ones have been far, far better than this. As I said above, they were all done on scrap paper for practice. Trying them on a white tile for the first time, I found that none of my white pens seemed to do anything against the white paper...the ink would come out but then would just sink into the tile. This just shows me how much I have to learn about my tools. The result was the muddy gray mess you see above. I do like my Verdigogh; I used a Rainbow Lead Pencil for shading lightly.
I will be trying this again, practicing to get the water droplets right the next time. I truly love looking at them when they come out well. Once I got over my horror at what happened with this, I began to see it as very funny, and it's making me smile even as I type this.
Now to go to Joey's site and see what everyone else did with this (I never look until I'm done).
Oh my goodness this made me laugh! Not because of the reasons that you are laughing but because you referred to it as someone spitting on your challenge! It conjures up such a strange image! Thanks for the chuckle, I do love the needles shaded in the rainbow pencil though.
11/3/2015 11:45:43 am
Ha, Ha, Ha, didn't your mother tell you not to spit in public! Your Verigogh is lovely, very feather like and refined. Such subtle colours. I hope to be able to draw it as well as this one day however I will give the spit a miss. Your post really cheered me up.
11/3/2015 06:02:26 pm
...and I am still chuckling! Glad I could give you both a laugh. I did think this was a very funny result.
A comical story. You are brave to try the droplets. I've never even tried them, not even on scrap paper. But you inspire me to give it a go. However, I do love your verdigoh. The long wispy needles, the colors, and the black berries...it's fun to look at.
11/8/2015 12:16:54 pm
Beautiful! Perhaps that is a new plant disease?
11/8/2015 10:55:43 pm
My heart is with you on the droplets. I just submitted my first public droplets on another challenge this week, with a call for tutorials on how to draw them! Thanks for sharing with us! I love your tile, and the description of your journey!
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