Monday, July 6, 2015

Color Play

Today, I'm sharing three new pieces of art and one zentangle inspired art (ZIA) that I did awhile back. They are all different, different techniques, different media, but each was conceived with a certain technique in mind. Let me explain.

Prisming


Last week when I created the rainbow tulip, I had seen a YouTube video on using a watercolor technique called prisming. It involves drawing random lines through certain parts of the drawing (in my case the lilipad and the background). You begin coloring and when you reach a line, you change either the color's value or change the color. It's an interesting technique and though I didn't achieve the look I wanted in this piece, I still like the way it turned out. I probably should have used a watercolor paper instead of the Tomoe River paper in my daily journal.

Underpainting


This is a technique where you randomly paint colors and then draw a figure on top. You then paint the background in different colors so the drawn part only has the original colors.


As you can see, I began this piece by coloring the page in yellows, oranges and reds. I drew the turtle in white and used colored pencils to accentuate pieces of the turtle. I then colored the background in blues, purples and greens which are the complimentary colors of the original colors. I've done this technique with acrylics before but I used Inktense blocks this time. It is ink-based so once dry, you cannot re-activate the colors even when wet. I was afraid my background would be muddy since complimentary colors produce different shades of grays.  But I think it came out fine. 

The next two pieces are my entries for the Diva's Challenge. Please check out other entries here.


Lately, I've been enjoying using a black tile for my tangled pieces. As I mentioned before, It's a challenge to tangle without using a pencil first. I used the pattern called Loops to create this piece and used my Recollections brand opaque markers to color. I didn't even attempt to shade here. I think I'm going to use this pattern again for a zendala. 



I'm usually good about picking colors, but Immshaking my head on this one. I can't recall how I chose the colors. Purples, pinks and greens are colors I use often but adding orange, ultramarine, and tan to that just doesn't make sense. I do like the contrast of the black lettering against the colors. Perhaps some day, I will redo this one in different colors. 

Do you have a favorite color combination? I tend to use lots of secondary and tertiary colors, but hardly ever the primary.  Currently, I'm loving teal and purple. Have a great Tuesday!





32 comments:

  1. They are all so beautiful, what a great artist you sre. I am never confident in my choice of colours

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    1. Thank you! I collect color tiles on Pinterest to help me select color combos.

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  2. Zia Zendala, captain of the starship Zentangle! Okay, I'll stop. At least I now know what zia means. I love all of your color combos. Art is art. It doesn't have to make sense. I like bright, jewel like colors. I've always loved yellow with magenta. It makes me happy. Well you asked.
    Deedles

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    1. I've been told that magenta is my color. I had a bridesmaid dress in magenta that I actually liked!

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  3. Your colors are beautiful, as are the sentiments on your work. Love that black tile with color. I have such a hard time with that!

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    1. Black tiles can be intimidating but I'm trying to let go of being perfect.. 😊

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  4. ooh wow, your paintings are amazing, i like the turtle, very nice. your diva tile ist gorgeous

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  5. I like the randomness of the colors in the last one. It makes me think of a family flag.

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  6. Hey that underpainting technique is great to use in my art-class :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Love your zentangles and thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Good luck with your students! I love under painting!

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  7. i think the colors work together well, not a single misstep. I love the other art work too, especially the prisming.

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  8. I love the colors on the first one. They really compliment each other.

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing the descriptions of the 3 coloring techniques. I really like that first one, prisming. Your Diva challenge tile is impressive considering that you didn't use a pencil first. I think I like color families (if that's the right term)--i.e. blues, purples and pinks---orange, red and yellow --- shades of green, also with blues.

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    1. I have to try prisming on watercolor paper. I love the look when it's done right!

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  10. Very different but wonderful work! I like them all!

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  11. These are all so very lovely!! Thank you for sharing these techniques!! At this moment I am particularly loving your Diva with a lot of brown. Pink, purple and blue are my favorite colors to work with :) :)

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/07/my-diva-jen-crutchfield-2-color-challenge-entry

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  12. Beautiful Diva tile! Love your choice to use a black tile.

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    1. I'm going to keep practicing on black tile! Thank you!

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  13. Dear Yukari, thank you for visiting me on my blog. I like how you explain what you've done here, the techniques and the critiques. I'm a big fan of pink with green, so I'm drawn to your Loops piece; the colors really stand out against the black. All the pieces are lovely, but the waterlily is my favorite. Have a brilliant day! c

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  14. Very nice! I enjoyed your colour choices in the last tile :)

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  15. Ganz Tolle Fliese, die Farben leuchten richtig auf dem schwarzen Hintergrund

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  16. Beautiful work! I'm finding Teal, Purple, Magenta & Apple Green to be my colors of choice lately.

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  17. Wonderful art! I really love your turtle, it looks so beautiful :-) But the others are also very nice. Many greetings from germany, Sandra

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  18. I really enjoyed reading the process you used for each piece that you did. They are all just wonderful to look at. I love that color on the black tile. I don't think I have many colors that would show up on black and will have to pull out some markers and see what might work.

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  19. Your art pieces are beautiful...the turtle is my favorite, reminds me of trips to Hawaii and the respect there for sea creatures and the turtle (HONU) as a good luck symbol. Your diva tiles are stunning...I really like your color choices. I am an aqua maniac and tend to use it and greens quite often....I think it looks good with warm colors too. Two of the people joining the challenge this week used a color called Cobalt Green by Faber Castell that I think that I have fallen in love with....might need that color.

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  20. Yukari, all of your pieces here are just gorgeous!! Looks like you really enjoyed yourself with them too! I can't choose a favorite, because they are all lovely. I tend to gravitate to quotes in artwork. I love them both. See you in next weeks challenge! :0) Annette

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