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4/20/2016

Zentangle Flower

Hello & Welcome. This is a scheduled post, as I'm trying to do a few posts ahead, and then keep up with visiting & commenting. I do get behind at times though, so please forgive me if it takes me a couple days to get back to your blog to see what you've shared.

I usually work on my cards at night, while watching old British series on Netflix or Acorn - which I love. Lately been enjoying Series 6 of Vera on Acorn and found the old Masterpiece Theater Duchess of Duke Street on Amazon Prime. Loving this - as I saw it many, many years ago on Masterpiece PBS.

While I'm watching tv, I'll color or doodle. This card is from a doodle session, where I'd stamped a line art flower (don't remember the maker, possibly Hero Arts, but if you're interested, I can find it in the Stash). I'd seen someone do Zentangle in an image like this, so gave it a try. I'll share 2 versions...and explain why I changed something after I saw the first photo.


Final effort

 
 
Notice the hummingbird...Now look at the next photo, and I'll bet you can see why I changed the bird's colors.
 
First look
 


 
Liked the soft pinky colors on the bird here, thought it would work ok with the pink lattice trim, the pink in the flower. Until I saw the photo. Nope, that's not gonna go. Die cut another bird, used the colors from the butterfly, liked it much better!! What do YOU think? I've never seen a hummingbird wearing either of these colors, but maybe....somewhere?
 
- Used a Copic multiliner black pen to draw the doodles after stamping the flower. Die cut with a S/B label, traced the inner edge with a red multiliner. Not the smoothest of tracing, but - hey, it's not Hallmark! Call it whimsical! I think I try too hard - I'm not good with being 'loose'.
 
- background was a sprayed piece, that perhaps was gone over with some Distress ink and then embossed. It's been in the You-Know-Where pile for a while.
 
- MB Box tile (put away, so not recalling the name..but again, I can find it if you want to know)...cut from pink snippet. The flower had pink in it, the snippet was handy, so there you go. Looked 'beachy' with the greens & golds of the background I thought.
 
- MB butterfly and overlay. under layer was colored with Zig brushes in a red and bright yellow, blended. Rubbed some Liquid Pearl Opal over this layer with my finger, and IRL has a bit of shine that can be seen through the filigree overlay. Die cut a natural color snippet with the matching MB butterfly overlay, versamark, and WOW Pearl Gold, 2 coats. Quite pretty.
 
Tessla die hummingbird cut from the same natural snippet, colored with Zigs, Liquid Pearl opal, as I was thinking to bring in the pink of the borders. The more I looked at this, and when I saw the photo "Huh - uh, this is not good". So recut another hummer, colored to try to match the butterfly, more Pearls spread on it, just adhered over the pink fella. Liked it much better.
 
Added some dewdrops and a bead that was a RAK from my sweet Brenda at Crafting with Friends.
Brenda had sent me some of these she had made with Pony Beads. They're so pretty, and the bag is on my desk, but I usually don't think to add this kind of embellie or sequins. I'm trying to do better with that. I just never really know how to place them so they don't look peculiar!!
 
No sentiment, but this may become a birthday card to a family member, who is not too critical. I really didn't like the Zentangle in the flower at first, but the more I'm looking at it, the better I'm liking the effect {-:
 
Also, thanks to everyone for all your kind & sweet comments on the water color Christmas berries.  You all made me feel so much better about my efforts, 'cause truly, sometimes I get _real_ discouraged with trying to get better with this technique. I guess we all go there at times!
 
Thanks for popping in to visit. Great porch swing weather, if you should be able to join me for a cup of something (or a glass of something, ....whichever!!!) Big Hugs
 
 

48 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

Love both your hummingbirds! I've never seen a hummingbird in real life, but the first one matches really very well wih the colours of the card! And this butterfly is just amazing! You have made a great work on it! The idea of a zentangle flower is brilliant, and it looks gorgous with these warm and bright colours! Beautiful touch with the bead,too!
Hugs

Kathleen said...

I like the Hummingbird on the first card best, gorgeous colours and backgrounds on both card and love the Zentagled flower.

Kath x

Veerle said...

Oh my Mary this looks fabulous. Love this.
Hugs Veerle x

Barb said...

Your card is a beauty Mary. Pink and yellow is one of my favourite colour combos and the added colours make it look super. I agree with you that the brighter humming bird looks best as he stands out better. I've only ever seen one in a butterfly garden (one of those covered in places where they regulate the atmosphere. Now as for your zentangling I think that is fantastic. It really works so well on that open flower. I'ts really fun to do isn't it.

I was interested to hear the old British series you have enjoyed watching. I really enjoy Vera and she's such an interesting character too I think. Do you get Call the Midwife. That's one to look out for. Barbxx

Andrea W said...

Your choice of colors looks wonderful together and I really like the hummingbird (in both colors). Beautiful card!

Sharon said...

Your evening doodling has created a beautiful flower Mary. I can see why you changed the colour of the bird. The blues are lovely but they get lost on the page.
We all get behind on commenting now and again so don't worry about it.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs Sharon. x

crafty-stamper said...

The hummingbird definitely looks better on the first card -beautiful card and love the bright colours
Carol x

Liz said...

Oh WOW, Mary, this is so striking! Great zentangling too. I've never seen a hummingbird IRL but I love the colours of the hummingbird on the first one best. A gorgeous card. x

Bonnie said...

I agree with you on the hummer! The first one kind of blended into the background! Too bad the camera can't show the shine! Pretty colors and I love the design inside the flower!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Such a pretty card Mary my friend! Glad you're enjoying Vera! I preferred the colours on the top card too, seems to stand out better (well, on my screen anyway). Have a very lovely evening! Hazel xx
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My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Forgot to say, love the zentangling!! Hazel xx
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Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Mary!! The background looks amazing!! I love the beautiful flower and the colors!! The hummingbird is so sweet...I love it in both colors!! The butterfly is fabulous!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Loll said...

LOVE your sprayed background ... those are my kinda' colours! :) Beautiful with the lattice die over top. And your zentangle flower is awesome Mary! Great job. I actually like the colour of the hummingbird in your first picture ... really stand and works with the other colours of your card. xx

LesleyG said...

Fabulous zen tangle flower creation, glad you changed the birds colors and used a background from your stash. I too struggle with being loose and freestyle xxx

Greta said...

I'd love to join you on the swing, Mary! I'm so impressed with your Zentangle--not on the list of things I can do!

Desire Fourie said...

This is pure spring delight Mary. Loving the cheerful colours.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

brenda said...

As always lovely work Mary, thank you for sharing, sorry it's short and sweet up against time this week.

Bx

Sue said...

Hi Mary, I remember watching The Duchess of Dukes Street.

Love the card. The finished Hummingbird is lovely.

Hope you get plenty of time on your porch swing. Sue

Olga Fink said...

Oh WOW! this is absolutely fantastic!! I love it!
xoxo Olga

Judy Corner said...

What a fabulous creation Mary! Judy x

Petra Swart said...

Yep, the first card is definitely better, Mary - the pinks and blues are to soft to go with the rest!!!! Your hummer looks great in the brighter colours!!! Beautiful delicate butterfly and a stunning flower, my friend!!!! Love how you've done the bg!!!! Such a lovely and cheerful card with the bright colours!!!!!
Have a great day!!!!
Hugz

Shona Erlenborn said...

Wow Mary - great Zentangling and the colors are all fabulous. I do prefer the first hummingbird as he coordinates more with the colors of the flower, butterfly and background. Would love to see him at my feeder! Love the addition of the dew drops.Fabulous creation!

Pat said...

Fabulous doodling on your pretty flower Mary and the background with the tile die cut works beautifully and love all the colours including the flame colours of your butterfly and hummer. x

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!! Love the hummingbird on the first card also

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, your card is beautiful, what gorgeous tropical colours, fabulous images and I love the humming bird.
I treated myself to Amazon Prime, and I've loving Black Sails at the moment, love anything to do with sailing ships. Have you watched Outlander yet?? It's wonderful, Kate x

Christine Harrop said...

A lovely card MAry with such a pretty colour combination.The zentangle flower is great and the humming bird gorgeous. Hugs Chrisitne xx

Redanne said...

Gosh Mary, Duchess of Duke Street takes me back.....! To be honest, I like both versions of the hummingbird, when I lived in Canada we saw them occasionally but always in blue and green but I am sure there must be 100s of varieties Your zentangle flower is gorgeous too! Hugs, Anne xx

Kren Kurts said...

So beautiful! Love how you doodle!

Brenda said...

Wow Momma Mary, what a beautiful card! I love your Zentangled flower. You did a great job with the zentangling. The colors in this card are so beautiful, some of my favorites! Your background is amazing looking and I bet all the shimmer and shine is amazing in real life as well. I love the butterfly and yes, I do think that the hummer is betting in the brighter colors. But the other hummer is beautiful as well so I hope you use him on another card sometime! Hugs, Brenda

Team Clark said...

No matter what you were thinking when you recreated this card - glad you did because now you have two stunners! These are fab, you're really rocking it these days, Mary! Woo hoo!

pam said...

This is gorgeous Mary, beautiful colours on your zentangle flower, fabulous background, bird and butterfly.
Pam

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous card Mary! and I love your new banner!!

aussie aNNie said...

wow love this and the humming birds are gorgeous. Beautiful choice of colours on this gorgeous card, lovely in all ways.xx

 {aNNie}

Maxine D said...

Hi Mary - I know I am late to this post, but hey, I'm here :-). Love your card, and to be honest I think I preferred the brighter humming bird :-) - takes all sorts, I know..... loving your zentangled flower too.
Yes I will join you on the porch swing thanks - with a coffee.
Blessings
Maxine

Gerrina said...

Must say I like the brighter bird, but everyone has another taste... A beautiful cheerfill card! Hope you have planed a fun weekend!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card with such wonderful vibrant colours. I've given up on trying to keep up, I just do what I can :) I'm behind in crafting as well, I've been busy. Take care xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

I like both versions of your card, Mary, but I have to say I like the vibrant hummer better. The paler version is very pretty but it gets washed out with your vibrant zentangle flower design! Great Maretangling!! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

Shelly Schmidt said...

Your colors are just beautiful! I love the Zentangles flower. I have to say, the birds are beautiful, and I like them both, but love the first one just a little more : ) Love the soft pretty die in the background.

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow Mary these look spectacular, what an amazing looking flower, the colours are so lovely and vibrant, beautiful cards
hugs
lorraine x

Pia S said...

This happens to me too, I take a photo and after that I spot changes I want to do. Seeing both versions, and 'putting on the same glasses' as I wear on reviewing my own work, I think you were right to change the humming bird colors. But saying that I wouldn't have thought anything wrong of the first one. But I put time in my cards, and working with them I easily spot (afterwards!) things I'd like to change. But I think that's normal and the reason for progress. The image feels traditional and classy, but the way you colored it gave it a modern look.

Stampsnob. said...

Beautiful coloring Mary Not my fav thing to do but I love this card ......Lis

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a glorious card, and the colours are so vibrant, and beautiful.
Love your fab zentangle flower, and the very sweet hummingbird.
You were right to change the colour of the bird as it was lost in the lighter colours.
Super background created by you also.
I just wish I lived nearer as I would love to watch you create those fab backgrounds, and as for the swinging on the porch with a drink sound a wonderful idea.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a neat idea to add doodle art to a line art flower. It really adds something as this is fabulous! I like the darker hummingbird better as it shows up better and just fits better. Birds of all colors are welcome here though!

Valerija said...

Very pretty card.

Donna Ellis said...

Fantastic doodling, Mary! I am especially drawn to those gorgeously shaded colors. Soooo pretty! Hope your weekend is happy and special! Hugs, de

Leanne said...

Beautiful!! I just shared a zentangle bird.

Sandy said...

Wow!! I am impressed - I never doodle. Once in a while I will color an image while watching TV but my favorite shows (LUCIFER) I just have to cuddle up on the couch with a glass of wine and enjoy!
sandy xx

Sue - said...

Lovely card Mary. I do like the bright colours you've used.