To call it "Mac n' cheese," however, does not mean that I can always draw it flawlessly without much thought. In fact, I find myself returning to the step-out repeatedly when I'm trying to get started. But once I get the first few curves down it always starts to flow and I really get into it. A perfect example of "zentangle" for me. :)
Anyway, this is what I had after shading.
I had some time left, and I realized that it really needed color. I'd drawn on a flimsy 3x5 card which I knew would not hold up to watercolor, so I grabbed the kids' colored pencils. Whether out of laziness or the because I was in the throes of creative fervor I didn't take time to find the sharpener, but I did decide that I had both water And fire. So this is what came out
I actually found myself pretty excited about it, and also inspired to do another along the same lines using better paper and colors.
I took some time at it, using a 4 inch bar coaster, an 01 Micron, and my watercolor pencils.
And, as happens about as often as not, my planned piece didn't end up nearly so pleasing as the one that just "happened." Oh, there's nothing in particular wrong with it, I suppose. The colors aren't quite as vibrant; the munchin not quite as balanced perhaps? But compared to the original it lacks... something.
Still, the dichotomy of fire and water was playing around in my brain, and I knew it was reminding me of a Bible verse. I looked it up and added it. Here it is.
Lessons learned? Don't assume cheap tools are automatically inferior to (slightly) more expensive ones. Don't be surprised when you can't recreate intentionally something that just "worked." And if you're going to use cheap paper for your daily "scratch" doodles, be prepared to regret that every once in a while when the magic strikes. :)