Next Monday I’m teaching a class called Mooka Blues. When my hard drive went belly up, I lost my notes and examples for the class, so I spent a few hours yesterday trying to make samples for the class. Do you ever have days where you just aren’t happy with your work and can’t figure out why? Well, I sure do.
Yesterday was one of those days.
I did 6 different samples and didn’t like any of them. So I posted a cry for help on the CZT Facebook group. Have I mentioned that CZTs are the kindest, most helpful, encouraging, and most caring group of people? If not, well, now you know. Not 1, not 10, not 20, but 42 different CZTs chimed in with advice, examples, and encouragement. I feel so blessed to a part of such a caring community.
So, I’m following their advice and using the Diva Challenge UMT: Amphora by Lily Moom when possible, and show you the before & afters. I hope you learn as much as I did from their comments. Also, if you are in the area, come take the class next Monday!
I discovered that going over the original lines with the larger pen had an unexpected benefit of cleaning up where my coloring in had gone outside the lines. It didn’t bother me before, but I do like the neater look. Also, added amphora as a partial border.
I started amphora in the border, which really wasn’t necessary, but I did it without looking at the step outs and messed it up, so I figured I should quit while I was ahead! (FYI – I forgot to retake a before picture in the same lighting which is why the tile looks so different.)
OK – It is before and after and after because I thought I liked what I had done until I imported the two pictures and compared them. I thought that with all of that dark blue and thick lines, I lost the delicacy of the original. In an attempt to fix it, I smudged all of the blue outside of the aura lines and then used a white gel to go over the aura. Not my favorite.
But they can’t all be your favorite.
I went with subtle this time (because I can learn from my mistakes!) I liked this one to start with, but I think there is more movement and “life” in the after version.
So, another missing “before” picture. I think it didn’t look like it belonged because it had no frame and no little undulating mooka-lets. I thought to use just the undulating part of amphora, but it’s probably a different tangle altogether. Who can keep up with all of the new names? Not me, that’s for sure.
Following much of the same advice. And now here is some advice from me to you: Wait for the ink to dry if you are not using microns or you will get random hand print marks. Ugh.
Well, my 15-minutes turned into over 5-hours. I guess I should have set a timer! Stay tuned next week to see what my talented students do in this class.