Sunday Smackdown #1


Dee’s ceiling photos from Cordoba, Spain have influenced my tangling this week. Here we have phicops, a yoga variant and b’tweed,

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 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.

The string of this tile was inspired by my friend, Dee’, photos of the ceilings in the Cordoba Cathedral. Here I free-handed the string. It features finery, ballenchain, and hibred.

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.

The first Sunday Smackdown string, inspired by Dee's photos of the Cordoba Cathedral Ceiling.
The first Sunday Smackdown string, inspired by Dee’s photos of the Cordoba Cathedral Ceiling.

Download the Sunday Smackdown 1 String Template Here

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.

Get tangling! 🙂


Tangling On & Spreading My Wings

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“One Zentangle A Day” day 22 tile featuring Kathy’s Dilemma and Flux tangleation with some regular Flux, Fescue and N’Zeppel.

The patterns for today’s exercises were a little more to my liking. I had already worked on putting Flux on a curve so this was really good practice.

My very first Zendala Dare (#96)! Here I used a variant on Yoga and Paradox.
My very first Zendala Dare (#96)! Here I used a variant on Yoga and Paradox.

I had carried around the template for last week’s Zendala Dare, #96, at The Bright Owl since Erin posted it. It really resonated with me, but I never got the opportunity to work on it until last night.

I think I’m in love with Zendalas! I’m not surprised. I’ve long been interested in mandalas, even created some digitally with my photographs in the long, long ago before I was even a very good photographer. I’m also thinking that in addition to Zendalas appealing to my preference for order and symmetry in design they are kind of uber-Zentangle practice. You get multiple layers of repetition – the strokes making up the patterns but also the repetition of the patterns around the mandala form.

I scribbled pencil on the back of my print out of the template and then traced the template to transfer pencil markings to the tile. In the process I learned it really doesn’t take that much pressure to transfer 3B lead. If you look closely at the tile you can see a set of lines I chose to ignore — they are indented! I pressed a bit too hard, LOL!