Your Wednesday Hostess, Ellen, writes:
Hi all. Another week. Time is flying, but I am still very happy to take part in this OZAD group. I get motivated and inspired by all the work that is posted online and of course by the book itself. It feels a bit like being back at Oakhorst and sharing and talking and doing. If only the costs were less. I would love to go for a second time and to one of the CZT get-togethers.Well, in the mean time: OZAD.Day 14: Decorative Value.I have to admit that when I create a Zentangle I normally don’t think about the decorative value as such. I do think about the patterns I use and like to put lighter and darker patterns next to each other, just to make things more interested. For me. But I don’t think about the place of the tangles.So for today, on the black tile I started thinking. And I felt a bit restricted because I normally create from my heart and now my head was “in the way”. Maybe I have to do this more often to get the two to work together, but for now I’m not sure about the result.Looking forward to read and see what you all have come up with.Have a great tangling week,Ellen
I used string# 024 by Jadie Wright on my white tile, and string #027 by Courtney Franz on my black tile. I totally enjoyed doing the white tile and using Dyon, which I had never done before. I morphed it into a tangleation of Shattuck, and morphed Chainging into Onamato…FUN!!! The black tile was harder for me to accomplish the planes using the pattern values…I find the black tiles quite challenging! Probably means I should do more of them! 🙂
Decorative Value which means having no established light source. Beckah says children do it well but that the effect leaves the project looking flat. Then she tells us that to achieve the effect, you put the lightest value closest to you, then the middle value, then the darkest value. So, I attempted to do that. However, my tile was screaming for something around Knightsbridge and it definitely didn’t call for a dark value…I returned to Flux, my lightest value. I don’t think my tile looks flat and I do think I am confused about the point of the lesson. Do we want to go for decorative value or not? The pattern Dyon never appealed to me but I thought I would try it. I don’t like it sitting all alone and I couldn’t figure out how to connect it to other tangles. I can’t wait to see what other’s will do. I always learn from all of you!!!! I also find “changing” quite challenging and going around Dyon was nerve racking. So much to learn!
- decorative value flat patterns of tones creating a value scale
- descriptive value the range of tones in a drawing or design that accurately represent what is seen
- arbitrary value value that does not necessarily conform to the actual appearance of an object; the use of tone based on intuitive responses or compositional needs
- expressive value value that is expressive or subjective in nature, often created by the expressive use of a specific media
I especially enjoyed her resources page. You can learn a lot about art by exploring these pages.
I also found an interesting article about Shadows in Painting and found out that it wasn’t until the 15th century that shadows were used in painting when they discovered you can get a 3-D effect by using shadows.
I’m not exactly sure what this has to do with shading our Zentangles, but I thought since I spent so much time researching that I might share. I also found another very cool website that has a ton of general art information, including essays and timelines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
So, based on the definitions above, I think we should shade our Zentangles using arbitrary or expressive value and by no means does this imply that they will look “flat.” So, finally, here is what I did using dyon and punzel. Sorry for rambling. I hope someone finds it interesting.