Fall has arrived here in Delaware not only on the calendar but in the weather as well. This past weekend was really nice with highs in the low 80's but I think that was the last hurrah of summer. The leaves have begun to change and there is no going back now. If I were smart, I'd pull out warmer clothing now but I think I'll stay in denial a little longer.
The new week has brought a new challenge over at I am the Diva. This week is to use a blind string, that is, to draw the sting without looking. This string challenge always has me drawing in a kind of swirly lump in the middle of the tile. My first try was really not useable. Not only where there a lot of spaces, which isn't a problem really, but they were so small that drawing in them would be impossible. So, I went at it a second time. I should have been more willing to go wild and not worry about staying on the paper but I wasn't. That's ok though. I need to work on leaving some white space too. I try to fill it all in every time so this string was good for me.
You see the pen I am using there? I bought it in Italy this summer on our family vacation. I have used it a little but I got it out to use today. I have decided to participate in inktober and wanted to practice with the pen I am planning to use. Inktober is a drawing challenge where you make up to 31 drawings in 31 days. You can work a shorter number, check the link for details, but I want to give 31 a go. Over the summer, I was cutting up some scrap paper to use as smaller tiles and/or test paper and ended up with some 3" squares. I thought that I would draw on the smaller tiles and then group them together into a larger piece. So far though, they have only been an idea waiting to happen. So when the idea of inktober came to me, I thought, "Why wait? Let's do it now!" And as October is just a few days away, I thought that I would use today's challenge as a test run to see how it would go.
I was afraid that the slightly smaller tile size would be too small for me to work on, but it wasn't. I haven't tried the even smaller Bijou tiles/size yet. Maybe that is next.
But back to this tile, I held close to the string but let the design run to the edge to let it feel a little less constrained. I could have done more but I didn't want to over work the design and wanted to work quickly.
For the shading I used a new Prismacolor marker. Color: warm grey 30%. This is the first time I have had a Prismacolor marker and the first time that I have used a marker to shade a drawing. I have used them on canvas though. I like the pen and look forward to using it in the future. It is nice to make a shade line and not have to go back and blend it out with a stump. It is a different feel though and I look forward to exploring more.
I hope that you will join me in inktober. It will be nice to have a daily challenge and the smaller size will keep me from spending all day drawing. Not to mention increasing the likelihood that I will finish my goal. You can follow my challenge either on my Facebook page or on instagram (@tinkertangles).
Have a great week!