Sunday Smackdown #2 Response

Sunday Smackdown #2, first tile of weave.
Zentangle Tile 2015-074, a study of weave with a bit of tipple to finish in response to Sunday Smackdown number 2.

I feel Helen Williams’ weave really shines on its own. Plus, it requires enough concentration (I messed up in a few spots if you look closely) that it seemed best to jump in and keep it simple. I added a bit of tipple as a finishing touch.

More Weave for Sunday Smackdown #2.
Zentangle Tile 2015-77, more Weave for Sunday Smackdown #2 with some pearls kind of ala inapod.

If you are struggling keeping the top grid and bottom grid straight when doing Weave I’d highly recommend taking it large and work on a 3 X 3 dot grid. I actually got through this one without messing up! Plus it gives you room to add in additional tangles for a tangleation 🙂

Finally used weave as an accent rather than the focus for Sunday Smackdown #2.
Zentangle Tile 2015-078, a KalaDala Stenciled Zendala featuring a central flower I just riffed, nekton, black pearls, isochor, striping, cadent triangles, weave, and twisted rope.

Finally to have really explored Weave I felt I needed to use it in a tile where it wasn’t nearly the only tangle. So I pulled out a tile from last weekend’s Zendala class that I had prepped with a stencil from KalaDala and got to work. I started with the isochor-ish and striping, then riffed the flower in the center and did the black pearls to cover up some dots I placed to help with the flower drawing. Next I put in the nekton as the backdrop for the flower and the twisted rope border, then I did the triangular cadent and weave. I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about it overall. Though I am glad to see I was able to successfully complete a smaller, accent of weave. I really wasn’t convinced it was possible so from that aspect this was a successful tile!

Cate, where are your Weave experiments? Or has Narwal taken over your tangling life?

Zendala Dare #98

I’m feeling like I jumped into this Zentangle thing at a great point. Erin at The Bright Owl is back at her Zendala Dares after a hiatus and it makes me so giddy. Zendalas just resonate for me and her templates can really push me.

This week was Zendala Dare #98 and I wanted soooo bad to just b’tweed and/or paradox the heck out of it. But, I made myself resist the urge. Partly because she used paradox and I was noticing both patterns popping up here and there if I happened to glance at people’s finished tiles in one of the Facebook groups or in the blogs I’ve followed.

Using Erin’s Zendala Dare template number 98 with inapod, kuke, auraknot, nekton and beadlines to make my 65th tile of the year.

I had a bit of a rough time, but eventually I think it all kind of came together.  I do wish the center of my auraknot had turned out more symmetrical. I used inapod, auraknot, , nekton, and beadlines. I also kept my shading a titch more restrained. I had visions of doing two or three tiles yesterday to try to catch up on the 365 project I set for myself (I’ve still only not tangled the one day so far, but I haven’t always completed a tile). That didn’t happen. Instead there was napping.

Snowy Sunday Shading

Tile 2015-052 in progress.
Tile 2015-052 in the final stages of shading on a snowy Sunday morning in CO.

I started my Zendala Dare #97 tile last night. I finished the shading this morning while I made whole grain pancakes with lemon ricotta and berries for our breakfast and put together a whole grain beer bread dough.

Because we do mass transport and that doesn’t run here in Fort Collins on Sundays we stay home all day. It makes it a great day to do food prep for the week like baking bread. It is especially so this weekend because we got 8-10″ of snow and it is still coming down. Walking or biking anywhere isn’t an option today.

Tile 2015-052 Zendala Dare #97
Tile 2015-052, Zendala Dare #97 with Striping, Black Pearls, Shattuck and Nekton.

 

At first I wasn’t feeling it with the template. But I took a deep breath and jumped in with Striping. I added perfs, then the rope-like border, then the Black Pearls for the small “drops” seemed the right answer. It took a bit for me to figure out what to fill the rest of the background with, but I settled on Shattuck and Nekton. I’m pretty happy with it considering I was hesitating on the template.

Anyone else think they spend more time on shading than drawing? I can’t swear by it because I’m often multi-tasking while shading, but it sure seems as though that step takes me longer.