I took the idea of art deco and tried to apply it to my Zendala. I spent hours on Saturday looking at images on my computer trying to find patterns that I could adapt to the challenge. In the end, I didn't create anything new but the top of the Empire State Building did give me some great ideas for the future. But, like my wanderings on the Internet, I digress.
|Deco 'Dala in black and white|
After I got this Zendala done, I wanted to play with color a bit. What I didn't want to do was to draw a second Zendala though. I was really quite happy with what I had already done so I just kept it. Taking some advise that Genevieve gave here at Amaryllis Creations, I photocopied the unshaded drawing onto watercolor paper. I bought some inexpensive pearl watercolors a month ago and got them out to try. I thought pearl would lend itself to art deco. Lots of shiny in art deco. :)
|Deco 'Dala with watercolor|
I used the silver, gold, blue, green and yellow pearl watercolor and added it right over the top of the photocopy. The photocopy didn't smear or run with the water nor did it rub off with the brush. After I finished painting, I let it dry for a few hours. I noticed that the black of the photocopy was not as dark as I now had a nice shimmer over the top. I took my micron this morning, and went back over the lines were and the black popped out again. I could have left it where it was but I wanted a blacker black. I guess I ended up drawing the Zendala after all.
I hope you like them and welcome your comments and feedback.