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.


OZAD Days 25 & 26, More Organics

Tile 2015-051 Unshaded
Tile 2015-051 Unshaded, “One Zentangle A Day” Days 25 & 26, featuring perfs, Growth and Poke Leave. With some Tat and Festune on a Yincut background.


I combined day 25 and 26 into one tile last evening since the exercise for 25 was to use perfs with the patterns of your choosing and 26 was Poke Leaf and Growth. I used to choose a string from for me. The result was a nice organic, loopy string, 016.

I decided to give Tat another go. Apparently I can’t let it go. Nor can I get it. I’m starting to think loopy, light line patterns are not for me. I’m not a fan of Growth, my Tat is awful and really disliked my Echoism as well. Growth also taught me that I’m not really an ambi-looper (bonus points to anyone who recognizes that reference). Making the left side of Growth was much more difficult for me than the right.

Tile 2015-051 Shaded
Tile 2015-051, “One Zentangle A Day” Days 25 & 26, featuring perfs, Growth and Poke Leave. With some Tat and Festune on a Yincut background.

Usually when I shade a tile I’m at least one step happier with it. I think this might be the first time I’m waffling (along with being the first time I captured the before and after). Without the shading I think Growth stands out from the background (Yincut) better. Though it does read as ordered scribbling without any dimension. Perhaps if I’d taken a lighter hand on Growth I’d be happier with the result? The rounding on Poke Leaf was a really good move though!