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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.