Saturday, February 1, 2014

Aquafleur Poppy - VIDEO

I know, I know - I have self control issues. This post is technically going up as part of last week's diva challenge using Aquafleur - don't worry I'm still doing hearts - got all my posts lined up. And, besides, it's got red it in. There's RED! That kind of qualifies as a Valentine's theme, right? Okay, I'm reaching and I know it.......let's just keep moving it along.

A little insight into my personal brand of craziness - if there's a pattern that interests me, particularly a challenging one, I can't leave it alone. I just have to work it right out of my system before I can let it go. I like to progress through the stages of learning it and sometimes varying/randomising, or in this case, seeing if it worked for me freehand. I also loved, loved some of the challenge pieces that I saw this week done in shades of grey, so wanted to try this too.

So, here it is - freehand Aquafleur. I put a centre in it and am calling it a poppy. I really loved drawing the pattern this way - it's more flowing and better suits the way I draw. I'm pretty sure that's how I'm just going to do it from now on.

 
The same piece photocopied and coloured red - I couldn't commit on the original. I actually really love the dotty shading areas created by photocopying - I only wish I could be bothered replicating that effect with a pen - way to tedious and time consuming for me. As opposed to taking 100's of photos stepping out a drawing. LOL.


Here's the video. Done with 100ish photos. I had to rush to beat the lighting creeping across my desk again so there's a bit of variation in shadow/light.



Am I done yet? I don't know! LOL.

hx

26 comments:

  1. it's beautiful as usual. I love your style ! and thank you for the video, now I know how to start ;-) maybe I'll try aquafleur too.

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  2. I love your freehand aquafleur and your post about it. I am a little speechless and just wanna say "WOW!"

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  3. Wow! Really brilliant way for drawing Aquafleur! Like this wonderful organic character!

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  4. You are a creative genius ! Thank you for sharing your artistic talent. I love the look of your aquafleur.

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  5. I love this new way of doing Aquafleur. It makes so much sense to start that way and hold on for the ride as to how it looks at the end. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Lynda

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  6. Wonderful Helen, and wonderful, Helen! Thank you so much for sharing the process on the video - I'm off to give it a try this way as it appeals so much and mine have been ending up a bit 'stuffy'. Love the looseness of yours. Axxx

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  7. Odd. I started drawing 'angelfish' ages ago because I liked the way it looked, and it seemed natural to continue around in a circle with it. This seems to be an extension of that, although yours flow so beautifully. I hadn't seen this done in steps, so thank you for that. And because I have drawn something similar (taught it to "my" kids at work) I feel comfortable trying what you've shown here. Now to find the time. :)

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  8. I, too, have self control issues. I seem obsessed with Aquafleur. Have been playing around with it constantly. But I seem unable to move away from a certain shape I keep ending up with. Your video is a big help; it has freed me up to get a little more flowing. Thank you so much for giving us the video. It has helped immensely. Not just me, I'm sure, but many others as well. I have admired your style since I first saw your work, I hope eventually to at least approach half of your artistry.

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  9. I loved watching your video and seeing how you free handed the start of your aquafleur. I am now going to have to try it this way! Thanks for another way of seeing!

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  10. It's really beautiful, both in gray and with the red. I love that you play with a design until it becomes your own.

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  11. Thanks Helen. This method works better for me and it probably will for others, too. I've added it to a new blog (doodledallying.blogspot.de/) and linked it to facebook :-)

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  12. WOWZA!!!! I really like your video!!! I too like the freehand organic feel of Aquafleur, but your video has just opened my eyes to a new way of embracing it!!! Thank you and as always, your work is amazing!!! :0) Share Humanity (and you did :0) )

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  13. Love the free flow of this. Watching your video, it reminds me of how you start out with Fengle. I think there are a number of ways to make a couple of the tangles. That is one of the things I like about Zentangle®. I think too many though get caught in wanting to do it like what they see from others, or the step out. I like the highlights in the one with the red.

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  14. Hi Helen, I much prefer photo videos as I need to see the big picture quickly lol. I love what you've shown here. After doing numerous Aquafleurs I came to realise the steps are very similar to several tangles and it very much reminds me of Alma's sphere with tentacles. I'm in awe of your glorious freestyle, such talent you have - happy Sunday :)

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  15. Hi, again. After watching your video more closely, I tried your method, and what a difference. I love it. I just hope I don't look like I'm copying you. Although I certainly could do worse. Thanks again for the video. I probably sound like a broken record.

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  16. I loved watching the slide/video because that is not how I step out aquafleur but I end up with a similar result. I start with lightly tracing in pencil the outside shapes of whatever I am going to tangle and then adding the bands AFTER the shapes are in place. It works out to be the same in the end. Fascinating. I, like you, adore this tangle, and it is so versatile that you can so so much with it! I love all your organic tangles, Helen. The video does not work as an email sent to my email as it says "blocked plug in" but when I went online to your blog it worked fine. As Anne says above...it's a real Helen tangle. Tell Audrie that we don't copy...we just creatively plagiarize.

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  17. your work is amazing! And I am loving your Pinterest boards…thanks for you wonderful collection of tangle instructions!! ReneeW (aka mouser knits)

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  18. Delicate-flowing-lovely. I do so love your artistic style of simplicity.

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  19. i just love your work and thank you so much for sharing your steps and taking the time to make a video. you are the bomb, girl!

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  20. This is amazing, thanks very, will try, doing my very best to succeed. xx

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  21. I love all your work and I really appreciate you taking the time to photograph and explain. You are amazing!

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