Fresh off finishing my challenge this week for I am the diva, I decided to pop on over to The Bright Owl and check out her challenge. This is a challenge I recently found and I’m looking forward to it. At this point I’m aiming to do it weekly unlike some others that I’ll just do when the mood strikes. I have checked out some of her previous challenges and printed a few templates that I want to try out.
This week’s challenge – #106 – as described by Erin: This weeks Zendala is a bit of a departure. It’s actually just one shape that I have layered over and over again. Transfer the template to a tile and try it for yourself!
And here’s a handy link to the template for you if you feel inclined to give it a try. Make sure you use the link on the original blog post and leave a comment so that others can enjoy your results.
Once I checked it out I quickly sorted out what I was going to do. No one else had linked at the time I was looking, so Erin’s interpretation was the only visual I had to work off. No matter, I knew what I wanted to do. I needed to sort out the exact tangle patterns but the center I was sure on and I was even thinking ahead to shading. How exciting!
I narrowed down several patterns I wanted to try for the three I needed. There were a couple I put aside because I thought they might help me sort out how to do the center. Then it was time to pick up my doodle book and see which patterns pleased me for this challenge. Admittedly I did see several tangle patterns I just wanted to practice. My hope is that as I practice them they will become part of my inner library so that I’m not always having to look ideas up. For now though, my inner library is limited.
I felt pretty sure I would be using Casella. I knew for certain that elements of Hollibaugh would be included. Girdy interested me. After that I had a few others set aside that I would try but first I wanted to get to know Casella & Girdy. Of course that’s what happens when you know for certain. I ended up not liking anything that I could do with Hollibaugh for this particular one so I made something up. I did go with Casella & Girdy. The final tangle pattern used was Viaduct.
Once I got those in it was time for shading. Due to being interrupted several times this took me most of the day. I will say though, at one point I walked by and had to stop and admire how it was coming along. This one was particularly flat before I started shading. I noticed that I want to fill every nook and cranny with tangles so I challenged myself to leave some white space and go with very minimal fills.
Once again I am having much more fun with the Zendala than I thought I would. I’ve gotten over the fact that it will be impossible for mine to match perfectly and that’s 100% okay. This is one of the things that I love about Zentangle. Learning to embrace mistakes and own each pen stroke.
Until next time! I’m off to see the other entries for this week.