|It reminds me of a Carnival!|
The challenge over at the Diva's Place comes from guest CZT Sharla Hicks, and she considers S and C curves to be most delicious, particularly the undulations involved. WHAT FUN! Most of my favorite tangles are curved like that, and I was delighted to have this challenge.What shall I do? Which pattern should I choose! so excited!...and then I got utterly stumped. A dry spell washed over me, and I had not an iota of creativity anywhere in me.
I tried putting a string down...FLOP. Tried free forming...KERPLOP. Nothing but NOTHING was working. No matter what pattern I thought of playing with, I couldn't make anything that was pretty to look at. Even those lovely S's and C's let me down.
Well, I did complete a couple of pieces that feature that curvy undulation heavily...such as this one:
|the photo is blurry. Sorry.|
I thought this might do, but then I decided to make something with a new pattern.
New to me, anyway,
So, at the back of my current sketchbook is a pattern I tried out for something that Suzy Mosh recently gave us, to use A tangles...and Ace by Sandy Hunter was one that I tried out.
It starts with an S curve, and then a C curves right into the hollows made by the S. Lots of fun! so I played with it a while.
Everything on here is Ace, except the niuroda up in the right corner, and it has Ace in the center, and also some Printemps piled up around the bottom.
Now, the thing with Ace is, it starts on an S curve, and you make the C curve come up from the "outer" edge of both curves in the S. In other words, a proper Ace is two directional. You can see it in the little individual Aces I made.
BUT, I started with that frond of Aces, all plant looking on the left margin...and they all go the same direction. The same with the rays...they are uni-directional.
It wasn't until I started filling in with individual Aces, that I realized...the long frondy connected Aces all go the same direction! But they look pretty, don't they?
Well, at any rate, I certainly did play around with this. As I put the lighter, smaller samples of Ace in there, it began feeling like and underwater scene, with bubbles and seaweed and such. I used sepia micron 01 pen, and shaded with prismacolor Tuscan Red and Dark Brown.
So, that completes my challenges for this week. I don't know what this dry spell is all about, but I hope it's over soon.