Skip to main content

some more copada experimentation

I thought I was done with the challenge , ready to return to the design that I was working on before the challenge was posted this week, but I found myself sketching away in my journal again and came up with a couple more things that I wanted to expand on to see where they went. Copada Feather: I can't resist trying to turn patterns into feathers, I just love the challenge of seeing if I can still retain the basic pattern but also bend it to my nefarious will (insert evil laugh here). I had thought about this idea before I went in the banksia direction, but didn't think it would work. I've had to contort the base parentheses shape to point upwards so that the feather swirls would head in the right direction. Kind of an odd, spiky feather, but I like it.
String Flower: This one initially started as a sunflower but kept growing out of the shape. This is my comfort colour combo right now. Love, love mauve and yellow together.
Copada in primary colours: This one started off as a quick sketch and an excuse to use some primary colours for a bit of colour therapy today - I wanted to get away from grey for a while. I didn't think it would go anywhere, but I liked the end result - probably as it is so different from my normal colour scheme/s. I have seen some cool challenge responses - loved the fill on copada in both didisch's (stripes) and Mariet's ( flowers) challenge pieces - they have inspired the daisy & striped fill on the copada elements in this drawing.
Brainstorming page - pretty ugly, huh? Most of my finished drawings have a page like this before them where I sketch down ideas before deciding whether I want to go ahead with them or not - I also like to come back to it while I'm working on a drawing to trial colour schemes, fill ideas, and in this case, feather directions/style. You can probably see why I settled for grey tones on the feather! And, why some ideas don't make it past this page :)
A pen update! I am happy with the zig so far - though it probably only has one more drawing in it. I don't know whether I am training myself to have a (slightly) lighter touch. I am still slowly grinding it into the metal tube, but it lasted longer than the previous pens have. I will switch back to a micron once I have finished with this one to compare. hx


  1. Oh all your designs are just adorable. The one in primary colors, the string flower and the feather all three just beautiful. Such a difference in them all with all unique character.

  2. All lovely designs. The feather is amazing, and I really like both your other color choices.

  3. Have I ever told you how much I love your flowing, gorgeous style? Well I LOVE YOUR STYLE!

    1. Thankyou!! I love your style, too! It is wonderful seeing what you come up with each week - so creative :)

  4. So nice to see how you play with the tangle and come to a beautiful finished work.
    I love your delicate style!

  5. Wow, love your process and the finished products are soooo lovely.

  6. Super dooper, gorgeous!!! The sharing aspect of Zentangle and passing on ideas with the inspiration that flows from one to another is so special.

  7. I LOVE your copada feather!! all your designs are great but it is my favorite!!

  8. I wanted to add....I hope you don't mind I added the feather to one of my Pinterest boards...

    1. Hi Jay,

      No problem at all :) Thanks for your lovely comments.

  9. these are wonderful - i really like your feathers i've been seeing on your blog - and this one is excellent!

  10. All so very beautiful and different. Unusual to see you using bright colours - fabulous all over!! great featherwork and I'm in love with your flowers! :)

  11. I love what you did. Even the bright colored one (and I'm nog really into colors :-)

  12. ...I love your brainstorming page!!! Just sayin'
    Obviously the other drawings are GORGEOUS too, the feather is exquisite :)

  13. I do love your work, it is so light and flowing and always pretty.

  14. Your designs are devine, beautiful and flowing, love them.

  15. Great designs. I love your art. It's so free flowing. The feather is especially beautiful.

  16. Thankyou everyone for the lovely comments :) I love how these challenges push me to try out new patterns.

  17. These designs are all fantastic and it's good to see your brainstorming page as well to see how the ideas develop.


Post a Comment

I love hearing from you :)

Popular posts from this blog

PATTERN - Faux Weave

I am getting ever closer to the finish line of my course. I have one more round of assessments to go and should be done in around 6 weeks - I cannot wait! I have enjoyed it, but am more than ready for it to be over. Thanks for hanging in there with my erratic posting over the past year or so :)

My desk, which has a myriad of buried treasure amongst the clutter  (my organisation "system" tends towards scribbling things down on scraps of paper when I get an idea then throwing them on my desk). Anyway, I had a bit of a clean up last night and it offered up this pattern ready to scan and share.

I love, love, LOVE easy patterns and how, often, from a simple construct the illusion of a more complex design can be created.

I think that "faux weave" is one such example. What could be easier than spiralling around a single line? Stack these spirals together using a square grid, alternate the direction, add some basic fill and shading and all of a sudden you have a woven effe…

String Rose PATTERN

Well, d-day has almost arrived. Tomorrow I head back to school. Where did the summer go? At least the class schedule is looking pretty light and I'll only be at school for 2- 2 1/2 days a week.

Today I want to share a really simple technique/pattern I've called "String Rose". This idea first made an appearance on the blog during the old into new challenge back in 2014. I named one of the experimentation tiles as Trentwith and though this pattern was the initial source of inspiration, my version takes a different approach. I had always meant to share the technique as it's so simple, and fun, but I just didn't get around to it. Until now! 2 1/2 years later.....haha.

O.k., here goes........

The String Rose Pattern - this shows the base technique.

As it's all done in one continuous line, I thought a little insta-video might help out:

Puffy 8's PATTERN

O.k., wow. Another year done and dusted! Can you believe it's 2017? Me? I'm still reeling.

So, where did 2016 go? I had so much that I wanted to get done here on the website, but, life takes some interesting turns and my return to full-time study in 2016 though not planned, was so interesting - I loved it!

Since term ended for our long summer break, I've been periodically working on tidying up my files and found some unpublished patterns that I hadn't got around to posting. I'll put them up over the next few weeks.

Today I'm sharing a pattern called Puffy 8's - it's another spin off of 2/8's (love that base pattern!)

You could stop at step 5 above, or keep going to fill all the spaces.
And, what's life without a bit of freeforming?
Wishing everyone a happy, productive 2017!