DC#301 & First Watercolor Tile

Wow! You all were so kind in your comments last week. It is always so encouraging to read what you have to say about what you liked and if you have any suggestions for my improvement. I’m still so new to this, in my opinion. So thank you! Thank you so much!

iamthedivacztThis week’s diva challenge is a duotangle which means I cannot really combine it with any other challenges this week. Although Shading Zentangle has a watercolor challenge this week and I might could attempt combining the two but I think the results would not be as desirable as hand-picking tangles to attempt Jo Flaherty’s style, which is more inclined to large open tangles than ones with a lot of little lines.

So first up is my Diva Challenge tile. I put Paradox in a triangular shape on the bottom half of my tile and then Diva Dance: Rock’n’roll above it. I should’ve put it so diva dance overlapped paradox instead of the other way around but I dealt with it. ;)

Diva Dance Rock-n-Roll is not my best tangle so I googled it to get inspired. I found this simplified version: http://www.everythingis-art.com/2016/11/divadancesimplified.html and did something similar.

I took several work-in-progress pictures this time, since people seem to like them a lot. So here we go.


I made the first line too wide and had to go with it for the rest of the tangle.

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Here’s the finished tile before shading.

DC#301 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI struggled with the shading of paradox. I erased it twice and ended up doing it the same way again. :D

DC#301~ Lifeofjoy.meI didn’t sign it because I wasn’t sure if I was done yet. I considered putting paradox on both bottom corners as well but in the end decided to just leave it. I was afraid of messing it up AND I wanted time to play with the small set of Tim Holtz distress markers I got for the Shading Zentangle challenge.

So the first step was to pick some tangles that were large and curvaceous. I collected a few. Here’s a lazy picture of my notes, I’d already uploaded my work-in-progress photos from my camera (an iphone and computer is not, so it likes to be finicky), had my dried tile on the scanner bed and had gotten comfortable in my chair to get down to work. So I used the laptop camera to get a quick snapshot, so it isn’t the best but at least you can see what I had noted.

"Jo" Style Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI ended up going with the elongated version of Joki by Kim Aarts, Flips-C by YuRu Chen, and ‘Nzeppel an official Zentangle tangle. I didn’t want to make Joki so big that there wasn’t any room for any other tangles; so I ended up making it a little bit on the small side.

Learning from that opportunity, I drew Flips-C a bit larger. Then I added ‘Nzeppel behind it all, making sure that I made the grid large. Unfortunately, I think it ended up being a bit too large. Oh well, lesson #2 learned. ;)

Jo Style ~ Lifefojoy.meIt's a little blurry because I was too lazy to get up and put it in the scanner, so I just took the picture with my phone and it must've shook a little or something. Oh well, at least it's here. :)

Then I started adding color. This is the first time using these Tim Holtz Distress Markers, so I didn't know how dark or bright they'd be or even how to use them really.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meI almost think I should have left it like this. ;)

I added more color.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meHere you can see I started adding some purple to the outer sections of 'nzeppel to give it some contrast.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meBy this time my paper is getting a bit ripply. Then I notice that Jo said not to use very much water, but I was struggleing to get the color to blend out.

Then I added a bit of dark green to the flips-c and that stupid edge line in purple. Sure wish I hadn't added that last one. Oh well, another lesson learned.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I looked back at the directions and saw the white highlights, so I added a some of those too.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meI may work on this some more later but I have to run for now.

I'd really appreciate any tips you have for working with these markers. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

7 thoughts on “DC#301 & First Watercolor Tile

  1. It’s great watching someone else’s thought processes, although it also makes me chuckle when you see something you don’t like and I think to myself, really? I quite like it – your purple line, for instance. It also makes me want to try again and see if I can come up with an improvement on my own idea. So thank you for sharing your work.

  2. I love your duotangle tile! It’s cute! Terrific first attempt with your markers! I haven’t tried it yet. Lol! Eni Oken had some great posts this week on shading with markers, on her website. :)

  3. Love that you showed progress photos of your thought processes. I like the end result of the duotangle . . . it looks like some Diva Dance blossoms sitting in a very unique vase. Your colored tile is beautiful and your efforts with the markers looks good to me. I have some Spectrum Noir markers that I am also not completely sure about how to use. I need to try them again one day and see what I can do. You did beautifully with them. Thank you for sharing your work with us!

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