Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Lavender Wash"

6 1/2 " Circle.  Original Ink Design on Medium Weight Vellum.
Watercolor wash in lavender, rose and a bit of blue.
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I am entering this in the Inspiration Avenue Zentangle Challenge prompt from Jennifer Mclean.  I also entered my Rainbow Mandala from an earlier post.  This was an experiment, and I am not really happy with it.  I drew all the design with a Micron #1 pen.  Then I decided to try a watercolor wash on it.  I didn't want to go too dark or you wouldn't be able to see the ink design.  So with a 2" wash brush I wet the whole surface.  Then I splattered on a rose color, then a blue.  But I thought they were too concentrated, so I started tilting the paper in different directions.  Of course then I got a lavender mix.  It was subtle and kind of pretty, but some more colorful spots remained.  I dried it and then the lavender was very subtle, almost a pale gray, still with splotches of the rose.  So next time I will watercolor a paper first to see if I like it, then do the pen and ink design over that.  I will also leave the colors in their individual areas instead of mixing them totally.