Saturday, 30 April 2011

More Morris

Well, it took me until Saturday afternoon to create the time, but I finally managed to finish a piece for the Diva's current challenge, "More Morris" (Challenge 19 already, for those who want to know!).  This was a challenge for me, not only due to time.  I don't usually place a great emphasis on black grounds in my work and I had to keep this in the forefront of my mind while creating the design.  I found it needed to be a constant and deliberate choice for me - who knew that linework was so much more natural an expression for me?  Also, it would have been much easier to work in my usual style and simply use a white pen on a black ground, but I was trying to stretch and do something different with this piece.  The Morris effect that's been under recent discussion is the technique he employed to great effect, of working in "spots of light" on a dark ground.  This gives the work of William Morris great depth and dimension as well as a more complex textural effect.  So this is what I was aiming for.  Unfortunately, I'm not very happy with the way the white gel pen (Sakura Gelly Roll) went down over the black ground (Sakura Pigma Micron).  Perhaps I should have let the black ink cure overnight before adding the white accents...hmmm.  Food for thought and future experimentation.  At any rate, enjoy (I hope - crossing fingers*G*)!
Happy Saturday!

18 comments:

  1. I can always count on you for a friendly comment...thanks

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  2. Really nice! I didn't manage to do the challenge this week, though I did buy the white pen.
    ~Elle (Jenna, mentally detoured)

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  3. ....my skill is slowly growing...haven't bought the white pen yet....great job.

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  4. Love your entry, special times to tangle are worth the wait! Your tile looks very organic and lively.

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  5. This is lovely Christina, I love all the little antenni, very sweet!

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  6. Love it .. so light and airy.. yeah wasn't happy with my white pen so much either...lol
    xx

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  7. I think it's lovely. :) Were you moving the gel pen as quickly as you typically do the ink pen? What I've been told and seen as well is that you need to move the gel pen a bit slower in order to get it to flow more evenly.

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  8. Though I was not able to obtain a white pen for this challenge, and so I just do not know the difficulties that are presented, I feel that your effort at the challenge is absolutely fantastic!

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  9. This is such a delightful ZT!

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  10. I am glad you managed some creation time, and finished a delightful tile.

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  11. Beautiful effect of the white pen turning to a light shade of grey… That makes it even more Morris-ish !

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  12. hey there,
    see maria's comment on this challenge about using the gelly roll - it might help.

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  13. i love your morris! i wish i'd had the time to finish the challenge in time. i'll just have to create the time later. i think i've become rather over-committed lately. :-/

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  14. I really love this tangle! I'm loving the white on black. So inspiring! :o)

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  15. Christina - you have a delicate hand and an enquiring and discerning eye - these drawings are so beautiful and emotive - thanks for sharing. I have Tweeted too. Glad you found my dolphin demo to your liking! Alison

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