Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton

When I was a kid I went to a summer camp in upstate New York. There were many happy memories there. One of my favorite memories was when the entire camp would sing camp songs in the mess hall. So when I learned the tangle 'Bales' this song always plays in my head. 

Jump down, turn around,
Pick a bale of cotton.
Jump down, turn around,
Pick a bale of hay.
Oh Lordy! pick a bale of cotton.
Oh Lordy! Pick a bale of hay.

Bales is one of my favorite tangles. It's like macaroni and cheese. It's not too hard, it's like comfort food. And it lends itself to lots of tangleations. 

I started by coloring a zendala tile a pale yellow color. I found a template from the ones on 'The Bright Owl'. and used my light box to trace it on the tile. This template is number 34.  I then used an orange Tombow marker to do all the shading. I used the colorless blender marker so the color faded out the way I wanted. I did all the tangling with a red micron pen. At the end, I added a little more shading with colored pencils. The orange at the outside is the marker used solidly.

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  1. Wow!!! Talk about colorful. This template is gorgeous. I love the way you colored it, and your tangleations are fabulous. And I know that song too, my mamma taught it to me; and she actually used to pick cotton as a child in Oklahoma.

  2. So pretty! I know I have said this before but I must say it again. Your use of color is so inspiring and I never tire of your ingenuity!

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  4. Beautiful! Love your color choice and am marveling at your detail.

  5. Bales looks brilliant in a zendala. What fun.

  6. Bales makes a beautiful zendala! I love the colors, so bright and vivid!

  7. Love the orange. Nice variations on Bales.

  8. Your art and song reminds me of bright sunshine and summertime.

  9. Reminds me of a deeee-licious slice of an orange! Great zendala.
    (have you been listening to Raffi songs? lol)


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