I made this zendala for The Bright Owl’s Zendala Dare #26, which had a theme for Fall and/or Halloween. Since I’m not much of a Halloween person, I chose things that remind me of Fall.
This is only my second Zentangle; to say I’m thrilled with how it turned out is an understatement ;-).
To further add to the Fall theme, I then busted out my Inktense watercolor pencils and got to work:
I love the intensity of color that happens once you wet the areas where you’ve used those pencils! I have the very basic set of Inktense pencils, so did lots of layers of colors to get shades that were Fall-ish — that layering worked out particularly well once I applied the water to the color. Man, I love these pencils!!
By the way, this is the zendala pattern I started with:
The tangles I used were: Antidots, Bandola, Chainlette, Cross Stitch, Diamond Panes, Organza, Raindotty, Reticulated, Tippled, and Zedbra — step outs of all those tangle patterns are at TanglePatterns.
I’ve never scanned in a piece of artwork before and I’ve gotta say that I don’t think the scanned images of this project do justice to what it looks like in person — the scanned images are so . . . “flat” . . . no character, no texture. The B&W version of this zendala was prettier than the scanned image and had so much more character — in fact, I liked it enough to have wanted to frame it and hang it on the wall (if I hadn’t gone on to colorize it, that is), whereas that’s not something I can say about this scanned image. Hunh. Next time the sun peeks out, I’ll snap a photo of the zendala and see if the photo has more depth than the scanned image.
I had a blast working on this zendala!! I have a strong suspicion working on Zentangles is going to interest me as much as embroidery did. As with embroidery, with Zentangles a dozen people can start with the same string or pattern yet each person’s finished design will look different than the other eleven people’s — and that’ll happen even if everyone was limited to using the same four or five tangle designs, much as it would happen with embroidery if everyone was using the same four or five embroidery stitches. I love that about embroidery, and I love it about Zentangles.
Sidenote: Right off the bat I considered combining Zentangles and embroidery ;-) but I think it’d require stitching with only one strand of floss, which is one of my least favorite things to do in embroidery. So I don’t foresee embroidered Zentangles happening here any time soon; that’s not to say it won’t ever happen, though!