What is the world coming to? Now she’s making creations with circles-oh my!
This was one of the One Zentangle a Day challenge day I was looking forward to the most- creating my very first Zendala!
What is a “Zendala” you ask? Well, a Zendala is inspired by the traditional Mandala graphic design which symbolizes the universe. A mandala is divided into for different sections with patterns that repeat themselves. The Zendala version is very similar but rather than using traditional symbolic imagery a Zendala uses tangles! A blank Zendala template was provided to get you familiar with using tangles in a Zendala. The provided Zendala template has a very organic feel to it, so I decided that using organic style tangles would complement this template the best.
To keep things simple, I decided I would only use three favorite tangles to achieve the repetitive pattern that is needed for a successful Zendala. I choose three favorite patterns: Lazy Eights, Tagh, and Eke. To make this particular Zendala standout, I lined each petal with a thicker pen. Shading, which is my favorite part, was added afterwards to bring some dimension to the pattern.
Hope you like my very first Zendala! I look forward to creating my next one!
Until next time…
Oh what fun today’s creation was! Today’s challenge was to take a familiar shape and break some boundaries! I decided for this tile that I would use a cute little bird shape. Once that was decided, I filled in my bird with all sorts of tangles: “Tagh”, “Tat”, “Finery”, “Betweed”, “Nekton”, “Sedgling”, “Fesu”, “ “NZeppel”, “Shattuck”, and “Eke”. To have my bird break some boundaries, I added a simple crisscrossing border around the edges. For some finishing touches, I added spring-like tangles like Sedgling, Fescu, and Tat. Shading was a must for this creation since it added so much depth and character to my little bird.
I really loved how this tile came out and so did my husband when I showed it to him. He even asked if I could give it to him, but I not sure that I want to yet. I think I am going to hang onto it for a while first J
Now here’s a little challenge, since I used so many tangles in this tile, try to find where I used all of them! Have fun…
Sorry for the little gap in time folks. After a wonderful time-off relaxing at home, it was time to get back to work-literally. It’s been super busy these past three days, so I am a little behind in posting this day.
Day Twenty Eight marks the fifteenth day remaining until I complete my One Zentangle a Day Challenge. On a quick side note, I know I haven’t always been consistent in posting these back to back days, but that doesn’t mean I stopped drawing in between days even with my own personal struggles.
If you decide to pick up the book “One Zentangle a Day” the book is full of prompts to not only create a daily tile, but also encourages you to practice in a journal as you learn each new tangle, technique, and or new medium (i.e. colored pencils, watercolor, gouache etc.). Eventually I will get around to posting some of my journal entries, but will probably reserve them for my Flashback Friday posts.
Now that I got thoroughly got side-tracked, let me tell you a little about today’s tile.
This was a fun and quick tile to learn and do. Believe it or not it only incorporates just two newly learned tangles. The tangle called “Sez” is formed by drawing uniform lines around a single dot to create a circular pattern. In shading Sez, I decided to shade one half of the circles to give a much defined look and feeling of depth.
The second tangle used is called “Eke” which loops around across the tile in a non-uniform pattern. Eke is a very versatile tangle where several tangleations can be created from this single pattern. One of the tangleations of Eke I used is the one that appears to be small leaf-like petals that surround the tile. I loved the overall effect of using both Eke and Sez within the same tile and really enjoyed learning these two patterns.
For a quick sneak peek into day twenty nine, this day is asking me to create my very own pattern for the first time- yikes! Well, you’ll have to wait until the next post to see what I come up with.
Until next post…