Sunday, August 18, 2013

Zendala Dare #70

This week's Zendala Dare was interesting. I liked the way that the template looked but I did struggle trying to decide what I was going to do. Some of it is that I think there were a number of smaller spaces that made it difficult to use actual tangles. I like line work, but did struggle ( probably obsess) with what to put with it. I tend to think more about doing Zendalas than I do the square tiles anyway. I think I really need to try one using a random string. After seeing Erin's I was also challenged to use one of the black zendala tiles that I have. I have had them a while. While I have used the black square tiles, I have not used any of the zendalas yet. It was a lot more interesting transferring the template, but I managed. Will have to work on that. Not really sure what I think about these. I do not dislike them but they do not evoke any strong connection either. Shading on the black tiles is always a challenge. I used the gray Fabrico marker. I do not have one of the new zenstones. I will probably order some the next time I order things. Here they are. I hope you enjoy them.

I actually did the black one first. Tangles used: Betweed, Shattuck

This was my second attempt. Tangles used: Crescent Moon, Zinger, Purk, 'Nzeppel 

Have not looked at what has been submitted by the others. Since I am getting this posted early in the week, will have to check back regularly. Would suggest that you do the same. There are always some great things posted on The Bright Owl.

Here is a little extra ( I guess it is depending on your perspective). I usually do not post these things but I did have a little time to play last week.  The first is a mini-version of the one line, one breath technique. It was interesting to do. Not sure how much I will play with it. Not really sure what to make of it. Can get lost in the process though.

The second one I was trying out some new things for me. One is that this is a larger size than I usually do. It is 11"x 14" (27 x 35 cm) piece of Strathmore Bristol vellum.  This is also the first time that I used a water color wash. I had seen others examples but never tried it myself. Will probably try on other paper, but this is the pad that I had available. I used my Inktense pencils.

It is not finished yet. I put out all the tangles that I was going to use. Will post later when it is finished. I may do other posts in different stages of completion.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged and appreciated.

Go Tangle !!


  1. I love your Zendalas this week. Lovely.

  2. The zendalas are beautiful. I was already thinking about how to transfer a template on a black tile. No idea yet.
    I do like your black one very much and in the second I love the Diva Dance in it.

  3. I love the grey on black look. I am glad you posted the one-line-one-breath piece. i find it very peaceful to look at. Will eventually get around to doing one myself.
    With the inkenteses, which one did you do first - markers or wash?

  4. Did the wash first. I then used microns to make the tangles.

  5. like the templates but really like the one breath technique tile looks nice

  6. The black Zendala is very pretty--like lace. I like the tangles you used in the second one, especially the Zinger lines. I always find your posts very interesting and informative.

  7. Wow nice pieces Donald. From the zendalas my favorite is the one on white paper. The tangles are so well chosen. The one with the one breath technique is fascinating. I can imagine that creating it gives you a zen mood very much, on the other hand I can understand the question what to make or do with it. And then your colored work looks great, I can't wait to see the finished version.

  8. Humm, not sure about how I feel toward the black tiles myself.... Sometimes they seem interesting but often they just look washed out. I do admire you for doing this template on one - it's a challenging template. I like that you took two tangles and they really do look quite wonderful. But my fav is the second tile - it's terrific! Love the DIva Dance 'specially!

  9. Nice work, Donald. Great choice of patterns. I love the zinger bits. Actually, you've used several of my favourite tangles! Gook luck with your big picture (how big?). I always have an A3 drawing on the go. It grows slowly and often gets a pattern hot off the press if Linda Farmer has sent one!

  10. Very nice pieces. The Zendalas are terrific. I love how you used Zinger!

  11. I don't know how your Zendalas do not evoke any string feelings for you, they're beautiful! I especislly love how you fit purk into the white one and the grey on black in the first one is very nice. Well done!


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