Friday, June 14, 2013
Grid Seeds are Growing on me
"Seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them." Joseph Henry
When Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, founders of Zentangle, sent out a newsletter a couple of weeks ago about a different way of approaching a grid pattern, I must admit that I wasn't really too interested. For some reason, it just didn't appeal to me, and I put it out of my mind. So when I saw that the Diva's challenge this week was to incorporate this method into your tile, I was both disappointed and happy at the same time. Disappointed because I wasn't sure that I really wanted to do this, but happy because I knew that this would make me try something new that I would not have done otherwise. I need that little nudge sometimes to experiment with new patterns instead of sticking to the tried and true.
So I sat down with Rick and Maria's chart of "grid seeds" as they called them - patterns to fill in each square of a grid. Each grid seed is a pattern by itself, but when you repeat them over and over in a grid, they can take on an entirely new look. My first try, in which I filled the whole tile with four different grid seeds, left me totally unsatisfied. It was quite boring! Not even worth showing here.
I decided to take another approach by incorporating only one grid seed and using it as a background to some other tangle patterns. Choosing the seed from location C1 on their chart, I alternated the direction that I drew it. I was much happier with this tile, shown here.
Then, of course, I went onto the next step which is shading. I wasn't quite sure how to shade this background pattern I had created, so instead of shading it I decided to blacken some parts to add contrast and make it pop a little. Now I definitely liked it better.
But one last thought - maybe it needed a touch of color. Worried about ruining my "masterpiece", I made a copy of my tile and then experimented with the color on the copy. I often do that so I'm not devastated if I don't like the result. In this case I loved the effect of the color and added it to the tile. Sometimes just a little bit goes a long way.
So there you have it, my entry to the grid (un)locked challenge. Glad that I was "forced" to try this, I now realize that there is some interesting potential in this method, and I'm likely to experiment with it some more.