Monday, November 26, 2012

Zendala Puzzle

This is a domino coffee table puzzle. The Zendala string is from Zendala Dare #33. It is a little inconsistent because the pencil transferred very lightly onto the domionoes. But I think it came out okay for my first try at transferring onto the domino. I left a lot of empty space hoping to make it a bit more challenging to put together. It's still quite easy, but the point is for it to be an item of interest and conversation.

Tangle used: Flux

Today's Healthy Reminder: Drink filtered water. Either you use a filter, or you become the filter.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Zendala Dare #32

Here is my contribution to Zendala Dare #32. I feel it needs more contrast. But I also know that, for me, it is better to stop before I overwork a project. So here it is for now. The border is a variation of my tangle, Silkpod. I've lived on and around farms most of my life and used to find milkweed pods growing along the country roads with their white silky strings holding onto the seeds inside. They were my inspiration for Silkpod.

Tangles used: Flux, Cadent variation, Silkpod variation, Paradox

Here is the step out for Silkpod:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I designed this card for a class I'm doing this weekend. We've been meeting monthly for almost 2 years, completing a seasonal card each time. I wanted to introduce everyone to some tangles they probably haven't tried before. They are confident enough that they do not always do things the way I demonstrate them, so I'm looking forward to their interpretations.

Tangles used: Bunzo, C-scape, Candleglow, Socc, Leaflet, Flux 

Today's health reminder: Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Andril and Zendala Dare # 31

This is another tangle from patterns I found in my community. I call it Andril. The pattern comes from the handrails in this photo. Notice how the ones in the far left overlap.

Here is the step out for Andril:

  And here is my tile with several variations of Andril:

 I used Andril in my Zendala for Zendala Dare # 31:

Tangles Used: Flux, Stayned, Andril.

Today's Health Reminder:  While we feel the benefits of the practice of Zentangle, I hope everyone keeps in mind the health hazard in sitting for long periods of time. Please be sure to take time to move and stretch.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Snowflake Zendala and Diva Challenge # 94

This idea is not mine. It is in Suzanne McNeill's book, Zen Mandalas: Sacred Circles inspired by Zentangle. (Check out Suzanne's blog here.) Basically, you use a paper snowflake as a template for your Zendala.  Always looking for ways to make my art unique, I looked for stencils that I could play with. But, still, they were not my own. I thought of cutting my own stencils or designing my own stamps. Those are possibilities, but...I wanted something simple and quick. Then I remembered the snowflake idea in Zen Mandalas. This was so simple and so perfect for designing my own Zendala string! I've stepped mine out to show how easy it is.

I cut my snowflake from a 4" X 4" piece of copy paper. Although, next time, I think I will try a thicker paper because the thin copy paper was a bit difficult to trace around. Having said that, there really doesn't need to be any tracing at all.

1. I folded my square for snowflake cutting:


2. I cut. I unfolded. I admired my snowflake. (Okay, it doesn't have 6 sides, but it works for my Zendala Template.) :

3. I put my snowflake template on a Zendala tile, traced around it and found a few places inside my snowflake to put dots and marks to guide drawing my string.
4. I removed the snowflake template and began using my marks to make my string. Here's my Zendala ready to tangle: is the finished piece with Socc for Diva's Challenge # 94.

Tangles used: Arckles, Finery, Angelfish, Twister, Socc

I love this process! I'm looking forward to trying some of the ideas in Zen Mandalas for adding color. And...I am looking forward to the delivery of Suzanne's new book, Zentnangle 7: Inspiring Circles, Zendalas, & Shapes. many ideas, so little time.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

This week's Zendala Dare has a Thanksgiving theme. So the topic is food and Erin suggests using tangles that begin with the letters P-I-E. Being either a bit of a rebel, or not so good at following directions, I used Auraknot, Flux, Stayned, and Sparkle. Not a P-I-E included. Also, although I used her string as a guide, it would be difficult to determine the string from my resulting Zendala. Something about Flux just makes me want to keep going with it once I get started and it took over. But, there are no "wrongs" in Zentangle®. So, here's my rebellious little Zendala.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

At my 5th and final class at our local university branch we did Zendalas. I used the template from Zendala Dare # 28. You can find it here. I got the idea for Ixorus in the center from Steph Skelton's posting of her Zendala Dare # 28 at Musings. Check out her beautiful Zendala here.

The class Zendalas are not quite finished because we were doing two activities at once. You can see how unique each was, even though all were doing the same tangles.

We also did a final activity that could be framed as a memento. Each person put a frame and string on a 5" X 7" piece of Bristol. Then they passed it to the next person who put in their choice of tangle. We continued to pass the pieces around until all spaces were filled in. And the results...

 This series of classes was a fun challenge. I hope the participants enjoyed it as much as I did.