Erin Koetz Olson at the Bright Owl Zendala Dare gave us a wonderful template this week. I had a bunch of different thoughts on how to approach it, and ended up making 2 different versions.
This first one got transferred a little off center, but I just went with it. (No mistakes in Zentangle®, right?)
Aquafluer, Printemps & more
I’d been itching to break out the Renaissance tiles that I got in Providence last month, so this zendala was the perfect excuse for that.
Onamato, BTL Joos, Tipple, Mooka, Flux
I’ve also joined a new group on Facebook – The Weekly Zentangle Tangle Video (WZTV). They select a tangle each week and then the tiles are compiled into a video slideshow by Jane Dickinson, who does a great job running the group.This week’s tangle is Verdigogh.
Verdigogh, Tagh, Diva Dance
I’d love to hear your feedback, and don’t forget to go check out all the other Zendala’s over at the Bright Owl this week.
Laura Harms, AKA “The Diva” is taking some time off this summer and has invited some guest bloggers to issue the weekly challenges for her. Lee Darter gave us the challenge this week and, for me at least, it was a doozy! She gave us a 3 ring circus themed challenge based on her family’s vacation near the Ringling Brothers’ Museum in Sarasota, FL. We were tasked to use Cack (by Adele Bruno) and Tropicana (by Kate Ahrens) as our first 2 tangles, and then choose one more from the following: Florz, Linq (by Lara Williams), or Fescu.
I had to play around in my sketchbook to get a handle on Cack and Linq – both are patterns that I had not used before.
Practice, practice, practice.
After a bit of experimenting, (and a couple of tiles that will never see the light of day but did give me some shading practice) I was able to actually create a tile that I was satisfied with.
Cack, Linq, and Tropicana
So while I don’t think Cack will make it into my often used tangles, Linq might, and it feels pretty good to have kept working on them until I felt competent drawing them.
Are there any tangles that you have struggled with that you now love? Let me know below….
This week’s challenge from the Diva’s guest blogger is one of Simplicity. Creating a tile without filling the entire thing, leaving a bit of space to breathe. I played around with Rashell by Lin Chiu for this one and actually had fun leaving it so open.
With the Square One Facebook group, the focus this week was Finery. I did a tile as well as a zendala, and for some reason perfs were calling to me as well.
I hope you enjoy and would love to hear what you think.
Here are my tiles for a couple of this week’s challenges along with some other work from the week.
The Diva’s challenge for this week was to use color. Before I started working, I knew I wanted to use orange and green on the tile, and while it started out looking like a mustache, once I finished the tangles and added color, it appears the carrots in our garden are calling to me.
Meer, Sampson, Zander, Gneiss
The Bright Owl’s Zendala challenge is back as well. I used this to try out a couple of new tangles that I have been seeing around, and am pretty happy with the result. This includes Trio from Hanny Waldburger and a little bit of Tangled Fortune Cookie from Traci Scott.
Trio, Finery, Fortune Cookie
I also completed a couple of other tiles this week, one for the Facebook Square One group focusing on Munchin, and the other just finishing off a tile left from CZT20 with Mooka. I kept that one pretty simple…
Munchin, Dragonair, Flux
I hope you enjoy them, and I’d love to hear your feedback. Don’t forget to check out all the other great work on the Diva and Bright Owl challenges!
I’ve had this tangle hanging around for a while, and started sharing it with people at CZT20. Based on the responses from folks there, I thought I’d get the step out and origin story posted and shared.
This tangle came about a couple of years ago when we were on our family vacation in Maine. Whenever we go, we try to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Booth Bay. They are beautiful and have a wonderful children’s section that my daughter loves. As she was playing near the pond, I sat on the rocks watching the minnows and tadpoles and was inspired for MeBoGa (from Maine Botanical Gardens).
As you can see from the step outs, it starts with just a series of backwards and forwards S curves, and has many possibilities for variations.
MeBoGa step outs
Here are some other examples with a monotangle of variations and used with Paradox, Purk, and Fife in a zendala. (That is one of the pre-strung zendala tiles – they make it so easy!)
Zendala with MeBoGa, Purk, Paradox, and Fife
Let me know if you try it out – I’d love to see how you use it!