Monday, 27 August 2012

Earth, Wind & Fire Knot

When I saw the pattern of the Celtic Knot Challenge that Judy West set for this week I could see a knot garden in my mind or a garden maze with various different plants & wildlife. As I've also been wanting to try a coloured Nature themed tile for the Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group, depicting the plants & wildlife using tangles was a quite logical progression. What I'd not expected was that my brain would take hold of the Pan Pastel Challenge to depict Earth, Wind & Fire! Since Earth can be represented by nature & I still had some spaces to tangle plus the colouring left to do I decided to see if there was a tangle to depict movement or wind & to include fiery colours in the colouring.

I have Linda Farmer's TanglePatterns.com Tangle Guide in which I found the tangle Hurakan listed. Looking at it I certainly thought it fitted the idea of depicting movement & even more so when I read Carole Ohl's explanation that "Hurakan was the Mayan god of wind & storms."

tangles: Hurakan, Oke, Peacock Tail, Plum Leaf

In each corner of my fantasy knot garden the enclosures contain peacocks (purple coloured Peacock Tail tangles) which strut about. The other enclosures contain plum orchards (pale green coloured Plum Leaf tangles) through which the wind (Hurakan tangles) rustles. In the centre is a majestic oak tree (Oke tangle) & the whole is bathed with the warmth of the rays from a fiery sun (the red orange colouring). The pathways (grey & black) are paved with grey & black cobbles using the black to delineate the knot pattern.

I used Judy's instructions to draw the knot pattern onto a 3½ inch square tile & coloured using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

Challenges Entered

16 comments:

Sally H said...

Wow, Paula! This is amazing! Beautifully drawn and coloured too. Awesome!

Aquarius said...

Your drawing of the knot is so precise and as usual you've been very clever with your choice of patterns and colours to tie it into the three challenges, especially the earth, wind and fire. I hope you are lucky enough to win some Pan Pastels for this!!

Elizabeth Allan said...

I was so excited to see this design Paula. Your "tangles" are always so perfectly drawn and I knew that sometime soon you would incorporate your fabulous eye for color!

jackiescrafts said...

Paula this is a great tangle I love how you have incorporated the nature elements plus the earth wind and fire too. Your colouring is fab and it's so neat . Wish I could get even half way towards your neatness

Jackie x

GinaA said...

Love your Celtic knot, and the tangles you have chosen are so appropriate especially Hurakan, colouring is just superb. Good luck with the Pan Pastels.

isisimaginings.com said...

Gorgeous tangle!!

Elaine said...

Wow, it is amazing to see such a lovely pattern when you are still a relative newcomer to tangling. A beautiful, vibrant design. I love the depth of colour and the grey shading. Elaine x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful ! Great work on the knot Paula !

Miranda said...

Hi Paula, love your EW&F Knot, it's really beautiful and especially the blue/purple corners did strike my eyes! It's the perfect complementary colour for the orange and yellow tones!And I am always attracted to Celtic patterns, they are so intriguing!
Thanks for your warm and interesting comments on my blog, really appreciate that!

warm greet Miranda

Crafty_Fairie said...

Wow this is really stunning thanks for joining us this week at PanPastel uk.

Kerry DT Leader

Judy West said...

Well done Paula. A lot of thought went into this as well as talent.

Lorraine said...

oh wow Paula you are amazing i just love the shapes and design of this piece its so beautiful and i do love the colours and the leaves,not sure if i would ever be able to do the knot pattern its so clever and the blending of colours look fantastic i love this piece xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Im kind of lost for words on this :) Amazing piece of art and so well thought out :)

Love all the details and description, those feathers look lovely :)

hugs

xxalisonxx

Cathy A said...

You have a steadier hand than me to be able to draw this Celtic knot and you have coloured it beautifully

Claire said...

Wow Paula, this is fabulous, a really inspirational project. Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK this week
Claire xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Sorry if you get this twice, blogger is playing up. What a brilliant design, such a wonderful idea and so different, love it. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx