Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Color my World

“Mere color ... can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”
Oscar Wilde


I haven't posted in a while because I just returned home from a vacation cruising Norway.  A cruise ship is a great place for pattern inspiration - everywhere you go on the ship there are patterns. So in addition to beautiful photos of scenery, I have lots of pictures of patterns - not typical of most vacationers. I'm hoping to recreate some of them as tangle patterns, but that will have to wait a little while since I'm busy with many other things right now. 

When I saw the Diva's challenge this week was to add color, I was thrilled, knowing that I'd be able to post a couple of entries to the challenge right away. One of the things keeping me busy right now is preparing to teach a class on Zendalas, so I am working on lots of samples. Here is one that I probably would not have added color to had it not been for the challenge. I used Twinkling H2Os in colors that remind me of autumn since it technically begins in a few days, although here in SC fall doesn't pay much attention to what the calendar says.



Here is another zendala where I started by painting a random watercolor wash for the background using my Koi watercolor set. The background was painted before I left on my cruise - based on these colors I must have had the ocean on my mind.



Although I do love the traditional black and white Zentangles, I must say that adding a little color now and then brightens things up.

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  1. Pretty colors. Best of luck with your Zendala class. I'm going to start one in a few weeks. (We should compare notes.)

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    1. Thanks Cris. Have fun with your class.

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  2. Both are lovely! The second one is my favorite. I like the blue and green colors here!

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    1. Thanks LonettA. Blue and green are very calming colors.

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  3. Lovely, both of them. I like the different approach you took.

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    1. Thanks Anne. There are so many different ways to incorporate color that sometimes It's hard to decide which way to go!

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  4. Very nice work. I especially like the second one; the colors are so relaxing.

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    1. Thanks Audrie. I love those colors also.

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  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous work, Caren! My heart melted a little when I heard the opening bars of "Color My World". That's Our Song - we played it at our 1975 wedding. ♥ Thanks for the beautiful color post, and thanks for the memories!

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    1. Thanks Ann, and happy it brought back good memories.

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  6. Like your Zendalas, but I think I have a preference for the first. I think it is the contrast created by the colors.

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    1. Thanks Donald. Not the type of colors I usually use in the first one but I liked it in the end.

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  7. Very nice. I like both the looser colouring technique in your 2nd tile and the more regulated colouring in your first one :)

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    1. Thanks Helen. I take that as a real compliment coming from someone with your talent. Love your work!

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