Diva's Weekly Challenge: Year of the Goat

This week's Diva Challenge is to do a tile, in the style of your choosing, to celebrate Chinese New Year on Thursday.  This year is the Year of the Goat, or the Year of The Sheep, depending on who you ask.  I love both goats and sheep but I can draw a better sheep so that's the one I picked. Throw in a couple of Chinese Lanterns among the tangles and it didn't take me long. Especially since it's only artist trading card size. Fun!

It was good to work on a smaller sized piece since I have been working on a 3' by 2' piece for a couple of weeks now.  I got a hugantic piece of beautiful rice paper and laid it on the kitchen table.  You know how some people have a table with a jigsaw puzzle going all the time?  Same concept only no puzzle, just a big piece of paper to doodle a way at when I have a few (or a lot) of minutes to spare. Doesn't look that big in the pic, but it seems huge compared to the stuff I usually work on which can be as small as 1.5" square! There is no rhyme or reason, I just doodle whatever I like, whenever I like, where ever I like and hope it all gels together in the end.  

One side has some vines and lady bugs...

The other has some Sanibel leaves and weird flowers.  I am thinking about putting bare branches in that big circle, like silhouettes against a full moon, but I haven't decided yet. 

There's Widgets in a grid, ticket stubs in a row and stuff going everywhere. Even I don't know how it's going to turn out!

I'm really liking the free flow concept, but the rice paper sure isn't easy to draw on. It seems to have some kind of sizing or waxy coating that makes the pens skip (probably a good thing or it would suck ink up like a sponge, and the pieces of veggie matter rip your pen nibs up. It's gorgeous paper but not for this project. Were I to do it over, I would have purchased a piece the same size, but a natural or ecru, cold press, watercolor paper since I'm using white,brown, and red in addition to black. Anyway, live and learn, and it's just for fun anyway.  It's helping to keep the cabin fever at bay a little. I tend to zone out when I doodle. It's a good thing or I'd be climbing the bell tower by now without it. Spring can't come too soon!

What are you doing to 'wait it out' for spring?


Suzanne Fluhr said…
Yep. Lots of folks getting a little stir crazy from the weather in the US. I really like the composition you came up with for this week's challenge. I got fixated on the goat thing and ended up with a part of a goat. Yours is actually cute!
kritzeldreams said…
Such a sweet sheep!
I like your tile very much!
Annie Taylor said…
LOVE your challenge tile - so cute and celebratory! And what a gorgeous large ZIA you are creating. It's going to be such an amazing piece to complete. Axxx
You were quite busy! I love the lanterns in the 'goat' piece.
HeidiSue said…
such a cool idea, putting out a big sheet of paper for random daily doodling. I can hardly wait to see how it turns out! And your Year of the Goat tile is so adorable. Good work
LonettA said…
So lovely tile with this cute little sheep!
Your sheep is adorable and the composition is just right. Everything works together so well. A really nice tile. Thanks for sharing your larger piece. I get a bit nerous about a huge amount of white space - but the way you've done this is a great idea and the result so lovely. Great work!

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