Sunday, November 04, 2012

Plates and the newest challenge 29..late!

Finally got around to taking pics of the two plates I had finished .  The zentangles usually fit into the scanner and that is so much easier than digging out the camera and then transferring over to the computer.  So large objects take a while to make it to the blog.

 I decided to fill the first plate all the way out to the edges and my daughter loved it.  So I did the same with the second.  The blue one was done while Storm Sandy was trying to do it's worst.  My little table I work on is in the south side of the house and gets the best light, so I could keep on working while it poured and blew outside and ripped down the power lines.


I like working on plates because they have such a finished solid feel... no frames and they sit anywhere in an easel or hang on the wall if you have one of those plate hanger things.


The blue is as close as I could get to the cobalt blue of soooooo many dish patterns.  That way this plate can blend right in!!

Then I finally got to doing my challenge for Bright Owl.  I hope she is catching her breath and able to play a bit real soon.  That new job is enough challenge for the moment, eh???

I worked some purple in with the black...actually quite a LOT of purple and a touch of black.  This time I started on the very outside pointy part, rather than starting with the middle and working my way out as I usually do.  I couldn't figure out what to do with this one.  But that little pointy thing said 'onion' to me so I dug in from that point.

And I love putting a pattern alllll the way around to pull it all together, and this one stumped me on that too.  So I started with a simple line and darned if I didn't stop right there!!!   That seemed to be just enough.

Found out I could push the colored pencil shading in the same way as a black pencil.  Didn't know if the color was soft enough to smudge, and got a nice surprise to see that it did.  Took a bit more push, but it worked.

13 comments:

Cathy said...

Your plates are awesome! What type of pen can be used on them? Are they decorative only, or food safe?

Collectincat said...

Thanks, they are decorative only, as I tried on a cup and put in the dishwasher. Faded quite a bit. The pens are from Dick Blick, called Staedtler permanent lumocolor. Says waterproof on most surfaces, but dishwasher soap is POWERFUL stuff...lol

Danielle said...

These are incredible!!!

Karen Lynn said...

Your plates are beautiful, and what a great idea! Your zendala is lovely also.

Anne's tangle blog said...

Great plates! The blue one looks like "Delfts blauw (= blue)" what we have here in Holland.
Your zendala is beautiful too.

Jay said...

Wow!!! these are wonderful!! thanks for the info about the pens...I am going to have to get some!!

Anna O. said...

Wow! I love your plates. You do such beautiful work!

Blue-bird (a.k.a. Ilse) said...

Great tangles! Make me think about Delft blue plates from The Netherlands :)

ledenzer said...

Wow, Wow, Wow!

Joke Broekhans Geers said...

wel this is so creative, do you eat from the tiles? I see also delfst blauw!

Collectincat said...

I would hesitate to eat from these dishes, unless it was something like cookies that don't pick up anything from the plate. A liquid based food would make me nervous about absorbing the ink chemicals. I have marked them on the back "For decorative use only" to play it safe.

tanglewithlinda.wordpress.com said...

Your plates are beyond gorgeous. What a creative idea, and they will look very good on the wall. Your zendala is also lovely.

Margaret Bremner said...

Very nice! I like the Zenplosions; I'd forgotten about that one. I'm posting my version of this tomorrow. Beet you in the lateness department!