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Monday, June 6, 2011

Zendala Magic

Boy was I ever excited to see that the challenge this week is to create a Zendala!  I am working on a piece inspired by India and I needed some more inspiration.  This challenge couldn't have come at a better time.  All last night I was looking at sari patterns on line and an India pattern book to help me with the next direction on my piece.  Finally I just put it away, resolved to come back today with some fresh eyes.

After I was up and fully caffeinated, I pulled up the Diva's Challenge to see what was in store for this week.  Awesome! It's zendala's!  Also, this week is guest hosted by Genevieve Crabe, a super talented CZT.  Genevieve shared with us a zendala template to get us started. 

I ran to the printer and printed out the template and got it transferred to my paper and outlined it with my micron.  I was really moving and then it came time to add the patterns.  STOP!  I was frozen not knowing what to add first.  What pattern would work?  I've only done one other zendala before and it was a very simple design.  So, I paused, checked out flickr and flipped through my books and sat some more.

I always do this.  I am often stymied by blank space.  What to fill it with? Which is the "right" one? Finally I decided to use keeko around the outer edge.  I like how keeko looks as a border.  I've used it before with good results and said "Hey! Go for it!  You won't finish if you don't start."




As I was working, I used the printout of the template to test tangles to see if I like them first.  I know it isn't very "zentangle" of me to do that, but it saves me some regret later.  Here I can erase and do again.





Finally, I got everything all worked out and got to tangling.  Here is the final result, unshaded and shaded.
Thank you to both Laura and Genevieve for another wonderful challenge!

20 comments:

  1. Love it! The center is very cool.

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  2. Very cool! I like the wicker edge on it.

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  3. Thanks so much for showing your process. I really liked seeing how you got from the beginning to the fabulous end!

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  4. P.S. You are not a wanna be artist! You are definitely an artist! There is no denying it -- the evidence is very apparent! Hooray!

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  5. Beautiful work - your shading adds a subtle effect that totally brings it to life.

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  6. Thanks all! I'm glad you like it. I'm off to try my hand at it again using the big template this time.

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  7. I love it! Like Carol I like the process! It is so important how you get there.
    When I grade the children in my art-class I always have to take a look at their sketches, their process!
    Well done!

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  8. Love it! It's neat how you created a square out of a circle in the middle ring.

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  9. It's very cool to see how the shading affects the black and white drawing. Very nice!

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  10. Hey, if you enjoy testing the patterns out first, test the patterns out first. There's nothing wrong with that in my book. :D Nice!

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  11. Very nice!! Great symmetry!

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  12. Great even with out the shading, but love it even more with it!

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  13. Lovely, JJ. Keeko showed up on my Zendala too. (I never look before I draw and I post, honest!)

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  14. I think your Zendala is super Janice! Keeko is fun isn't it?

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  15. Thanks for looking and commenting everyone. You all make zentangles even MORE fun!

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