Monster Aquafleur

This week I've been playing with Aquafleur, a tangle pattern by Maria Thomas. Let me tell you, this is NOT an easy pattern, the shading is quite a challenge since the pattern is totally unpredictable. I got so engrossed in it, you'll see how it developed into a MONSTER:  

1) Things started pretty simple:

Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com
Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com

I made a few versions, and I thought "this is fun and easy!" (boy was I mistaken).

2) Started to get complicated...

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

This is super fun, because the pattern is totally unpredictable, you cannot tell how the pattern is going to come out. Just let go and keep on drawing!

3) How about a shaded version?

Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com
Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com

Ok, not bad!!! And I used markers, which are a medium which I am not entirely comfortable with yet.

4) Let's get off the sketch book and go for something real...

Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com
Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com

Whoa, that is one HUGE monster aquafleur!!! Shaded with markers, the tile measures 5x5 inches.

5) Let's add more fun:

Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com
Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com

Did you see the little asterisk pretending to be the imaginary light? Still only shaded with copic markers. Pretty smooth.

6) Why stop there simple, let's add color!

Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com
Shading Aquafleur | Enioken.com

Markers, colored pencils, gel pen. I should have stopped here, little did I know!

7) Ok, next!

Shading Aquafleur | enioken.com
Shading Aquafleur | enioken.com

This was the beginning of the end: green and I are not best friends.

8) But wait, that's not all! This is the final version:

Shading Aquafleur Progression by Eni Oken | enioken.com
Shading Aquafleur Progression by Eni Oken | enioken.com

Markers, colored pencils, over Bristol Smooth paper. Shading done with copic markers and pencil. Man, this looks like a MONSTER AQUAFLEUR!

My self critique: I really don't like green that much and the brown spheres are not much to my liking. I really could have done better with the color palette. Oh well, it was fun anyway!

If you want to learn how to shade Aquafleur, get my ebook:

 

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Anyway, that's the story of the Monster Aquafleur...

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