I lettered a tile last night for the LWC giveaway in purple Sakura ink with halos, and started what I hoped would be something useable. I liked the florals I did coming out of a “zenplosion fold,” but the bamboo I did next I did not like at all. The lines were too heavy and some (many) of the leaves were wonky-looking. Just to see how the halos were working, I started mindlessly (that IS what Zentangle® is supposed to be, mindless!) doing expanding halos on some curls I drew in the corners.
Today I explored the world of versals (illuminated letters) and created a “blank” set for myself. I prepared a tile for the first phrase, and it actually went fairly smoothly, considering how small the letters have to be. I kept the tile very organic, using lots of floral motifs. I added shading using a graphite pencil and then used two colors of purple Prisma pencil (violet and violet blue) to add some dashes of color.
I like the second effort better than the first. The jolt of purple in the first is, I think, overwhelming; plus, it looks chalky.
Versal Tile (2nd Tile):
Solid Purple (1st Tile):
If I feel like punishing myself and do this tile over, I think I would space the worlds so no white space would remain at the top (getting rid of the “finery” and “fern” motifs at the top; they’re really heavy-looking), and I would move the feathers and zenplosion fold over one letter (so it would not run into the “s” above).
I’ll sleep on it.