Tastes change, and sometimes we wait a while before we realise what we've been missing. And so it goes with Zen Buttons. I first discovered them around this time last year and spent a pleasing Easter weekend tangling Bijou sized ones and then later moved onto larger ones. But a couple of weeks ago I saw a triangular button, and then a square button, and realised I'd never drawn anything but round ones. Time to revisit the button scene and rectify that absence.
Things didn't seem to go quite as well with my green button. Sometimes that just happens. I took longer with it, thought about it more, and perhaps that's the downfall. I used similar corner tangles to the pink to help them be more of a pair, and the same Knightbridge style edging. Then I used a LitBee fragment and some Diva Dance. All okay at that stage, but the shading didn't seem to do the trick this time. And I didn't know why. Perhaps I hadn't smoothed the white chalk quite as well, or perhaps the shape didn't work the same, or the tangles didn't lend themselves to that three dimensional look that the Button relies on. I left the tile overnight, sat dejectedly on my bookcase, and I looked at it now and then. This morning I gave it a makeover - I softened some of the white, and then darkened the shadows using a black Polychromos. And while it still doesn't sing to me quite like the pink, I'm happy to call it done!
The long Easter weekend is almost here. I don't know what I'll be tangling, but I know I'll be reading books, and dozing and gazing out of the windows at the leaves that have suddenly dressed the trees. There's rumours of sunshine so maybe I'll even go outside among those leaves. But in case I don't, or in case you don't either, you can get a taste of spring from Annette's latest Mosaik Project results which she just shared today!
|It started with a leaf - Sand Swirl, Ginili, Snail|
A number of times a year Annette provides a string and asks us to send her tangled tiles which she brings together into incredibly beautiful mosaics. This time we were each invited to fill our leaf shape with green colour and tangle the rest in black and white. I sent her this tile in response. And this is what she did with my tile alone -
|As if by magic - one becomes sixteen - becomes something wonderful|
But the truly incredible thing is when she brings all of our leaves together. 36 tanglers, 36 green leaves in various shades - a hearty dose of imagination and a young forest unfurls itself and flutters in the breeze! Please take a deep breath, take a look and enjoy the spectacle. And think about joining in when the next one begins in July!