The Diva’s challenge this week was to take two tangles – cirquital and opus – to create a tile. No additional tangles, just those two. Above you can see the tile I made today. Now, let me show you step-by-step how I made it.
I wanted to lay some color down in the background and decided on this particular template/stencil because the circles mimic the shape of cirquital.
When I was taking a gelli plate class recently, I covered the desktop with brown craft paper. I have just left it in place so I don’t have to worry about making a mess. I used an apprentice tile for this challenge. I placed the tile on the desktop, angled the stencil over it making sure all the corners were covered, and used painter’s tape to hold the stencil in place. I’ve noticed that the tile underneath doesn’t move as long as the stencil is firmly in place.
I decided on two ink colors. I used the pink ink first and . . .
. . . just tapped a layer of color over the top of the stencil. I was going for a touch of color, not complete coverage. Then I took a paper towel and dabbed the color off the stencil.
I used a Brilliance ink pad for the second color. I just really like the shiny, sparkly look I can get with the Brilliance pads.
Then I tapped blue onto the tile through the stencil. I went for a heavier coverage with this ink. If you notice at the top left corner of the tile, you still catch glimpses of the pink underneath.
Remove the stencil and clean it. Then lift up the painter’s tape and see what you’ve got. I really like the circular effect made by the stencil and was curious to see what it would look like once I started drawing the cirquitals.
I placed some circles on the tile, and decided to make them all double ringed. You’ll notice that the center one on the left is a bit wobbly.
I noticed that as I started adding some texture to the rings, some of that wobbliness started to disappear.
Completed the cirquital tangles . . .
. . . and started the opus. What a cool name for a pattern! Opus! Reminds me of Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County comic strip. Wasn’t the penguin named Opus?