Tuesday, March 28, 2017

When I don't know when to quit

I had drawn a lovely Celtic-style interlaced tree on a white Zendala tile. At the very center I put a decorative metal brad on a circle of holographic paper.

My intention was to mount it on canvas and paint the surround, as I often do with zentangle-inspired art tiles. Then I remembered that I had some round canvases and that seemed like a good idea.
Zendala tile mounted on round canvas, then painted and drawn on.
There are red, green, and blue 'gem' brads placed in the series of upper loops.

Somehow it seemed as if there could be more. What about mounting this round canvas on a larger square? I decided to use board rather than canvas as it would be firmer and more stable. I bought a 12" square 'cradle board' (it's deep like a stretched canvas but all wood.)

I needed to paint the board Celtic-style, too. I placed the round canvas in the center and traced around it. No need to paint what wasn't going to show, right?
Tangles in the 'ribbons' - Finery and Paisley Boa
These four large 'gems' are painted.

The round canvas is about 1/2" deep, so it's raised off the square panel. I added a thin strip of holographic ribbon around the bottom of the round canvas. This visually lifts it off the square board and adds some colored sparkle.
You can see the thin holographic strip
at the left edge of the black band in the middle.

Now I'm done. I think.

29 comments:

  1. Wonderful work, all, but the last one is my absolute favorite!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that because it's staying that way! :)

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  2. Wow! That is gorgeous! I wouldn't have thought of the holographic ribbon, that just is one of MANY ;-) finishing touches that just make this so special. awesome!

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    1. Thanks Betsy. Holographic paper is a favorite of mine... more bling and sparkle!

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  3. OMG! That is breathtaking!! Gorgeousness!! I'm speechless (almost)!

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  4. Wow isn't powerful enough of a word. Stunning.

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  5. Wow....so lovely and creatieve!

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  6. This is absolutely impressive! I'm totally fascinated by your artwork.
    Le Royaume De Anna Natalia

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  7. Glad you did not decide to quit. This is a stunning and beautiful piece. Don't stop!!

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  8. breathtaking. I love these work and the celtic culture.

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  9. forget to say: it would be very interesting which stuff you use fot tangeling. (pense,pencil, colors...) you have such inspiring colors and tangles.

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    1. Thanks for the reminder Cea. I often do mention what tools and materials I've used, but forgot about it this time.

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  10. Wow, Margaret. You've really outdone yourself with this one. Superlatives fail me.

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  11. Wowza Margaret - you never cease to amaze!

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  12. Absolutely stunning! Wonderful work. Inspiring.

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  13. I thought the first "finished" piece was pretty spectacular but the final one blows me away! You have the coolest ideas, Margaret, & I'm so grateful that you share them with all of us.

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  14. Holy cow, that's stunning. Great job. What do you do with your work when you're done with it? Is your house filled with stunning art pieces?

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    1. I sell quite a few. The walls of my home change as things are created or sold, or I get bored. But there us also a stack in my studio. :)

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  15. Extraordinarily beautiful. And you knew *exactly* when to quit.

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  16. I absolutely LOVE the tangled TREE!!! Your creativity and precision - WOW! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  17. Any guidelines for drawing that lovely Celtic tree?

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  18. So special. Love every iteration of this. I keep thinking I love the first one. . . .until I see the second one. . . then the next. . .

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