As Cate and few of you know, my day job involves working with the suite of Adobe programs so I’ve itched to make zendala templates almost since I put the pen to Zentangle tile. While my last string challenge, the first Sunday Smackdown, was kind of Zendala-like I didn’t quite feel it was a Zendala. This week’s however is definitely a Zendala or mandala if you just want to color it.
There was no real inspiration behind this one. I just started playing with various shapes on my art board in Illustrator and flipped, rotated, duplicated and tweaked path points until I liked what I had.
You can download the template file here. In it you will find sizes to fit both the square and round tiles from Zentangle as well as to fit a full sheet of cardstock or paper.
Below you can see what I did with it on the first try.
I opted to use a 4″ Strathmore Toned Gray artist tile. The round tile template fits on them, though as you can see I can’t center it on the tile without the outline to guide me 🙂 I have really fallen in love with adding in both highlights and shadows and it even makes my mac ‘n cheese patterns semi-challenging since I have to figure out how to do the highlighting.
I will likely give the template another go at some point this week to try move away from my first instinct to paradox and b’tweed everything. No promises to use a white tile though 🙂
I’m looking forward to seeing other people’s interpretations of the string. Be sure to post a link in the comments here if you use the template so we can all see!
I had to do this week’s Zendala Dare of course. Who could miss the 100th one?!? I ended up doing a lot of riffing on this one, just letting the pen do what it wanted. As a result there aren’t actually many tangle patterns in it. Though the oblong b’tweed outlined only with graphite kind of makes me think of pine cones. I’ll have to remember that when winter rolls back around!
I can’t wait to go look at what everyone else has done with this great template!
I used Strathmore’s Toned Tan for this one. It isn’t quite as warm of a tan as the Zentangle tiles so I’m not as fond of the sepia on it (the colors of this photo are a little off since it was photographed under a lamp instead of natural light). I do like the finish though. It isn’t quite as absorbent so coloring is easier, but there is plenty of tooth to shade and highlight with graphite and white charcoal. I am still a bit meh about this one. I don’t feel like my Weave was free form enough and as a result it looks sloppily executed instead. Cate things I’m on crack. What say you?
I also ended up putting in Mysst which I just haven’t been happy with using myself yet. I’ve seen examples of other people’s work using it and liked it, but I have yet to like my own stuff using it. I do however love Stickers! What fun!
Yesterday was dedicated to finishing my Sunday Smackdown #3. This is a sneak peek of it in progress. I completed all the drawing last evening, but I’m still on the fence whether to add any highlighting and shading. Cate says to post it everywhere and frame it and hang it in our living room once we’re moved. We’ll see. It would suit our furniture in a way… I’ll likely post another shot of what it looks like now on Instagram (fiberfool) at some point today if you’d like to ring in on whether I should take it further or leave it as is.
I think I’m done with the first toned gray zentangle inspired art piece. There is a good bit of open space in the lower left yet that has me slightly unsettled. I did end up adding Sunup Sundown on the ribbon and did fairly extensive shading. I need practice on ribbon work though. But Sunup Sundown could very easily become a mac & cheese pattern for me. Loved it!
I’ll be back soon sharing my finished Coffee Filter Zendala and the how-to for my response to Sunday Smackdown #3.
I suspect it is similar to the meditative qualities of walking a labyrinth, but I had to give another go at a single tangle along a spiral string this week. I’m struggling a lot this week with the reality of the upcoming move. While I still do not have a date of departure, DH leaves a week from tomorrow. I have my metro card which makes it a bit more real as well. Then there is the overwhelming amount of stuff we need to get rid of and it is rather difficult to do so without a car/truck. I kind of want to find a corner I can sit in and suck my thumb. So, extra meditative strings and mac and cheese patterns are what are likely on the docket for the foreseeable future.
Inspired by a combination of Cate’s flying cadents and ribbons and the spiral string thing I started this the other night on a sheet of Strathmore’s Tone Gray paper that Sue shared with those of us in the Renaissance tile class.
I’m still not sure what I want to do with the ribbon. I’m feeling pretty certain I want to put white charcoal in the light section of the cadents. Part of me is thinking of putting a monochrome Sunup Sundown in the ribbon and then shading the heck out of it to get some good dimension. Before I outlined it in black I contemplated using red and burgundy to color it solid with some sparkle, but I think the black outline has me tossing that option out the window, plus that is a lot of color to lay in with a micron. I suppose I could do a pattern in it with the combo of red and burgundy to do some of the initial shading… Then the keeping it simple part of me is thinking I should just shade it with graphite and white charcoal. What would you do with the ribbon?
I thought I’d finish it last night, but after a bad bus ride to work yesterday morning and lots of work stress I was nodding off early in the evening so I gave up and went to bed early. Surprisingly I slept more or less through the night so hopefully I’ll tangle this evening.