This was my first official black tile. I had played just a bit on a black ATC while going through “One Zentangle A Day” but didn’t like the result. I’m much happier with this one and keep looking at some of my favorite patterns and wondering what they might look like inverted. Though I really wish I had a finer tipped white gel pen. I’m very much a fine tip sort of gal. Have been as long as I remember using pens and even back to my pencil days.
I delayed posting this one thinking I’d do another, but didn’t get that far. Instead, I’ve felt more like just drawing step-outs this week. No pressure to make decisions beyond which pattern to try next. Plus I’m getting to catch up with a bunch of patterns I’ve learned recently in my Doodle Organizer app!
And another first for me – a Bijou tile! I just wanted a quick project last night so I finally broke the seal on my Bijou tiles and made this little guy. Having the constraints of all straight lines all the time (or as straight as I can freehand them) was helpful in it being a quick project. What fun the little tiles are! It probably helps that I enjoy working my patterns pretty small a lot of the time.
Cate and I have decided to put together challenges for each other to broaden our tangling. We’ll alternate with a string or Zendala template one week and a pattern the next and switch up who issues the challenges.
We have found we tangle quite differently. Cate with flowing ribbons and organics without strings and myself with bold and often geometric patterns with strong strings. We should definitely help push each other out of our comfort zones.
We’d like to invite you to play along. I haven’t looked into whether we can set up an automatic link share here on WordPress.com yet, so please just post a comment with a permalink to your completed zentangle or ZIA here. In the meantime I’ll look into the link up options.
A good friend of mine is touring Spain for three months. She was recently in Cordoba and has been posting photos of the amazing ceilings in the cathedrals and mosques. I couldn’t help but be inspired by the intricate designs. So, this week’s string was inspired by one of those photos.
I kept thinking of other ways I could have taken the string, so I fired up Adobe Illustrator to create a template. I so appreciate Erin at The Bright Owl including multiple sizes in her Zendala Dare templates that I followed her lead. With this particular 4-repeat Zendala I did two sizes for the standard tiles – one extending all the way to the edge and one with some white space around it. Then there is one for the round tiles and a 7.5″ nearly full-page version.
I will be playing with this string at least one more time in the next two weeks before Cate’s string Smackdown, as will she. We’d love to see how you use it as well! Also, please indicate in your comment if we may repost it in a round-up.