Quick little post today. I have something much bigger I am working on for possibly tomorrow. While working on tomorrow’s art, I needed a small ink pad. Opening my ink drawer I saw these little petal shaped ink pads I had forgotten all about. And I got a fun idea! And I am going to show you all the things that worked and the things that didn’t. I don’t typically show you all the mess-ups and boo-boos along the way. Today I will.
These ink pads came from Prima. I thought this Blossom Bud color was pretty, and I picked up a 4.5″ apprentice tile from Zentangle®.
This is the ink pad. My immediate thought was flower!!! Yes, I know it looks like an iron. Hahahaha!
And so I stamped it down on my tile. Easy enough. I don’t mind that the coverage isn’t solid. This almost looks shaded this way. Almost intentional. Hahahaha! But it was intentional on the rest of this project.
I rotated my tile and added another petal.
And I kept rotating and adding petals. I had no plan at all for a number of petals, so I just kept adding. Perhaps I should have had a plan.
Uh, yeah, I should have had a plan. I like the eight petals but I needed a way to line them up better. Grab another tile.
This time I went with the traditional hands on a clock routine. Petals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. More or less. Not perfection but then how many perfectly formed flowers does one find in their lifetime?
Then I rotated my tile and made it offset. I used the Cold Ice ink pad to again add four petals in the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. Making this an eight petal floral wonder. Hahahahaha! And I love it and will tangle it but it still needed something. And yes, I can hear people all around the globe giggling at me right now for the simplicity in this but I had never thought to make a flower with ink pads before.
My flower needed leaves. I figured the easiest way was to replace two of the petals with green. So I stamped out the first six petals leaving those two spaces open.
And used this beautiful Green to make two petals. Two very dark petals. Grab another tile. Yep.
So I repeated my experiment and stamped my leaves lighter. Yep, they still look wrong. And they are wrong because of placement. Grab another tile. My pile is growing.
And this time I stamped the leaves first . . . so they would be under the petals and not over the petals. Because flowers just don’t grow that way. Except in my garden apparently. Hahahaha!
And then I added the petals in their proper God-given placement. Hahaha! I really like the way this looks shaded. It will save me work later.
Here is part of my work process. It took a few tiles to get to one I liked. Want to see my scrap paper I started with?
This is what I stamped on at the very beginning. To see if it would look like a flower. I even added those leaves but didn’t realize about heaviness of hand or placement until I actually worked on a tile. A fun process. And a note to help you steer clear of one other problem: make sure your tile is big enough to accomodate your flower. Yep. Lesson learned. See you tomorrow!