Another piece for my art swap has been completed and will be delivered soon. I am excited as I really like this Zentangle and Mandala inspired piece. I call this one Starry Messenger as it carries with it some inspiration from Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius. (Click the link to learn more.)
In an effort to keep the piece from getting too busy, I started with a very simple Bales in the background. I needed something simple to get me started and I wanted all the same pattern to keep the design from being too fractured. I knew I could go back and add ornamentation later. I did go back at the very end and add a bit to make it interesting but not too busy.
For the stars I chose patterns that remind me of fabric. My friend who I made this for has a love of design and fabric so I wanted to bring that to the fore. After I got the biggest parts done, I did the centers in Gneiss. I chose Gneiss as it reminds me of a compass center and as Galileo was a source of inspiration I thought it fitting.
I experimented with varying patterns in Starry Messenger and it was a lot of fun. The top right star grew out of Purk. I think I may use that again. It was fun to do and the first time that I made a "3D" pattern. The variations on Bales Ragz, and Huggins are ones that I will remember in the future.