The Focus Is On White Space

With Laura Harms, (aka The Diva) on vacation with her family, this week’s Diva Challenge is from guest blogger and CZT, Sandy Hunter.  Sandy challenged us to “Shift your focus to the negative space, so the white part of your tile is the focus of your tangle.”

This is my tile for this challenge:

Tangles: Cluster, Narwal, Fugu, and Sand Swirl Colored with Prismacolor pencils

Tangles: Cluster, Narwal, Fugu, and Sand Swirl
Colored with Prismacolor pencils

This was truly a challenge for me because  I tend to do use up all the space on my tile there is always room for one more orb, right? 🙂  So, leaving an empty space that was begging for a tangle proved to be difficult.  I decided to view the blank white space as if were another tangle, which made it easier for me to let go of the pull to fill the space.  That may not worked for you, but it did for me.

It is a challenge that I will practice in my sketch book.  At some point, with enough practice, I’m expecting those white spaces to seem natural rather than calling to be tangled.  Thanks Sandy for this great challenge.

And a thank you to Helen Williams for showing an alternative way of drawing Narwal.  When I use creator, Samantha Taylor’s step-outs for this tangle, try as I might (my sketch book is filled with pages and pages of trials) I just couldn’t get it to look pleasing to my eye. I will continue to practice Samantha’s original step-outs and who knows, someday I might be able to achieve a Narwal that looks pleasing.  In the meantime, it is fun using Helen’s variation.

Now that my tile has been posted it is time to see how others used white space as a focal point.  I hope you will take time to  view the tiles at the Diva Challenge blog  and find these tiles as inspiring and educational as I do.

There are times that I would like to leave a comment about someone’s tile but find that I am not able to do that.  The only option that I can use is the  name/URL option.  I do not fit into the other categories.  Sorry!  I hope you know that I appreciate your tiles too!

As always, I am so grateful to all who leave me comments and if you leave a comment I will leave a response. Fair enough?  🙂   Your comments are a great source of encouragement and support.  To those who left comments last time, a huge THANK YOU!

Until next time,
Sending smiles,

10 Responses to The Focus Is On White Space

  • Great space, love the shading. Your Narwal is wonderful. Everyone loves Narwal and I struggle to draw it too. Mine never look as good as the examples. I love the colours you chose for yours.

    • Thanks Yorkshire Tortoise! If you haven’t tried Helen Williams’ step-outs I encourage you to try it. I found it much easier than the original step-outs. I would, however, love to be able to create the original Narwal, which looks different from Helen’s version and have it look like…I was going to say Lily Moon’s but her art is light years ahead of mine…the examples of Narwal I have seen. Lily’s art is a great inspiration, however! Thanks for the comments. They are encouraging. 🙂

  • These patterns are very pretty and the colours are fabulous. Nice work, Maureen.

  • Great color and tangle combination. I like your layout very much. It has a very organic touch. It looks to me like I am looking down into a icy cold little creek with crystal clear water running over beautiful stones.

  • Beautiful tile! I love the colors and you’ve used several of my favorite patterns. I just learned Narwal for a swap group project. The you tube videos and Lily Moon’s Narwal tiles were great sources of inspiration.

    • Thanks, Michele. I use Cluster and Fugu a lot – glad you like them. I didn’t realize that Fugu was a published tangle. Maybe it is and I’m just not aware of it. They are both really fun to draw. This is my first tile using Sand Swirl. I know that I will be using it quite a bit too. It seems that when I “find” a new tangle I use it in many of my next tiles until I can do it without thinking about the step-outs. Thanks for your contribution. 🙂

  • I like this tile a lot. You have chosen great tangles and the coloring is beautiful.

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