This week's diva challenge was to tangle using our favorite beverages as inspiration.
Well, I drink water, so I posted a zendala that I made with water as the theme. It's splashy, and has loads of concentric circles. And so weird looking, but I like it. It actually was initially inspired by a visit to the pool with my grandkids. It's only my second zendala that I've ever made, and it gives me a giggle.
And since I also drink green tea, I decided to create a green tea string. I just made my tea, then dribbled the tea bag over a blank card (I don't currently have any tiles...soon to be remedied)...Initially all the droplets were the same light color, but I left it to dry naturally, not blotting off the excess and was thrilled at the variety of colors I ended up with.
And here is the piece I made from the green tea stain:
(along the top edge you can see some dots. That is sheet music, since I used my piano to prop up the ZIA for photographing.)
Isn't that bizarre?
I struggled with it, because it wasn't looking pretty, but as I continued, and set it down to look at it from a distance, I got to thinking it was pleasing in a funky, quirky way. My favorite parts are in the tropicana arches, where I aura'ed with a gold gel pen. I think it makes it look kind of three dimensional, just a bit.
The tea was fun enough, but I wanted a brighter color, and remembered that I had fresh cherries in the fridge. I squeezed one over a new card, and found it liked to run over the page, so I tilted it to get some stringier shapes. (note the fingerprints on the upper and left edges) The cherry juice was a rich pleasing purple when it dried, which would have been pleasant enough, but I also had lime juice, which I splashed over the cherry juice, and WOW! wherever the lime juice touched the cherry juice, it morphed into a stunning magenta.
Again, however, I found myself nervous about starting. I felt almost like there were some rules or something, and I hesitated and studied it for a day or two. How to start? I didn't want to wreck it. (no wrong in Zentangle™ right?...sigh...)
Then I decided to simply let the string itself be the star of the piece. As with the tea string, I started outlining and filling. Lots of aura, plenty of queen's crown, diva dance. Spirals, dangles, arches, loops, stripes. I think it looks like some fantasy underground world. Freaky and funny.
Like a playground with funny looking flora and fauna.
And that concludes my first blog post with inserted links and pictures.