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Monday, April 16, 2012

Laura's Auras - Challenge # 66

Spring break is over for me and the family and while I had fun, I'm glad to be back to the routine.  Also back this week, is the Diva's challenge.  Laura's youngest son was in the hospital last week but I am so very glad that they are now home.  I'm so happy that Artoo is doing better.  A speedy recovery for Artoo and some rest for Laura are my wishes for this week.

Auras in Zentangle are a repeated outline around a pattern.  While these are often used to great effect and can fill a space nicely, I don't really use them unless a pattern has an aura in the design.  At first I thought about taking a pattern that doesn't usually have an aura and adding one on to it. But then I thought that I'd use Opus and Flux, two patterns that often have auras but are patterns that I don't normally use.

I think that my Opus is awkward but Flux turned out pretty well.  I'm proudest of my shading on Flux.  It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. I had started this tile with a pretty tight string but as I added Flux, the whole string went out the window.  I'm finding myself ignoring my string lately.  Often I use the string as a defining point of the tile.  Like a coloring book, I usually stick to the lines and don't really stray beyond them.  I have been working on relaxing that a bit and fear that I am starting to swing the other way. 

I hope that you all have a great week!  I wanted to say how very much I enjoyed seeing your interpretations of Huggy Bear a few weeks ago.  They were all so incredible!  The challenge really showed me how much creativity you all have and also how rigid I can sometimes be in my own vision.  Thanks for such a fabulous experience everyone!

10 comments:

  1. The auras enhance your tile! Great idea to use flux and opus. They lend themselves well to the challenge!

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  2. Your tile looks so alive - like it's pulsing. Nice.

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  3. Nice! Opus and flux are perfect for this challenge.

    Diana

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  4. This is a lovely tile, it looks really good.

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  5. Excellent use of aura! Just lovely.

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  6. I am not familiar with Opus, so it is always fun to see something new. I enjoyed your post. I rarely make a string. I usually have something in the middle for structure, then have spokes out around it. So I definitely want to try some of the more free-flowing designs I see on your site and others.

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  7. Love your zentangle! The shading is really great! I'm glad we have a new challenge and that Artoo is getting better. I'd better get to work on mine!

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  8. Very nice. Love the shading.

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  9. JJ, I think you did a great job on shading flux as well. I like how you added hash marks into your aura on Flux. It gives it a lot of dimension.

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