I wasn't sure what I was going to create when I read the challenge, but I knew that I was going to use blue and green ink to draw. Really, a challenge inspired by Earth just called for color to me.
|Patterns used: Shattuck, Tripoli, Keeko|
When I sat down to start my first tile, I decided that I wanted to draw the Earth in space. I contemplated tracing out a map or image of the Earth but then decided that I would just go for a suggestion of Earth rather than a literal translation. Because I started while sitting in the waiting room at the orthodontist my circle is a bit wonky but no matter. I added a few shapes to represent land and I was off. I made my blue section first and then went and added my green. I think that I should have stopped and not added the black, however. I think that I liked the tile better before. I added the "stars" with the Sakura glitter pen to break up the darkness. Plus, if we were looking at Earth from space we'd see stars too.
|Patterns used: Tagh, Hibred, Baton, Pokeroot, Paradox, Organza|
After finishing my first tile, I wanted to do another one. Since I found some 4" canvases at Michaels, I've been a bit obsessed with them. This second Earth is done on a 4" canvas "tile". I say tile as it is solid all the way through. It is some hard material (cardboard maybe) covered in canvas. The tile is thin and pretty easy to work with. I will be doing a post on the canvas and pens that I use next so check back if you'd like to see more.
I decided that I wanted this one to be more of a suggestion of Earth. I started with a circle and then added Organza to divide the circle. For this tile I used Bic Mark-It pens with the ultra fine tip. The green that I have is very light and I ended up going over my lines several times to get them as dark as they are. I am still working out the shading on the canvas though. In some places, I think that the grey pen is successful but in others not so much. I find that the Bic pen kind of "puddles" at the tip so that a spot of extra ink can be left when you pick your pen up. You can see this best in the green sections. I find though, that it I end my gray lines on a black one, that the dot blends into the black and is no longer an issue.
I like this tile and think that I will use the divided circle again. I really like how it looks.
Thanks to Laura for another great challenge. I hope that your foot is doing much better.