Monday, 3 March 2014

Zendala Dare #93...Snowflakes and structure

After a week without a Zendala, I was almost frantic to get my hands on The Bright Owl's latest post - thank you Erin! As always, she offered a beautiful template to tangle and suggested we think 'Snowflake'.

I looked and looked and thought and thought. And then I made my snowflake attempt.

It is a very simple design where I tried to make the diamond shapes as three dimensional as possible so they looked like ice-crystals. I don't know if these are actual Zentangle patterns or not...anyone know? Then I did lines of Jitterz in between to create a 'frosty' feel. I rather like how the centre turned out too - accidentally!


I was desperate to do another Zendala and decided to forget the snowflake theme as I was sure I couldn't do another that I would like as much. This Zendala had such a structural look to it that I decided to focus on that aspect - and I really enjoyed myself, working quite late into the night with it! A real Zen experience and such a fulfilling feeling when looked at the end result. I tried out the new tangle from Art Lady Kate, Tropicana - what a great tangle! I wished I'd used it all the way round actually but it was too late - I'd done the alternate spaces first....I will try and list all the tangles I used - it seemed to be a lot!!

Fassett, Tropicana, Flux, Echoism, Paradox, Banderole, Florz,
a variation on Ditto and disguised as diamonds, Cubine

I am very happy with this Zendala - not especially for how it looks but for the intense pleasure I had in doing it. Once again, I am so glad I found Zentangle and the lovely people who do it - for the sharing and time given to provide such great information, tutorials, ideas and support. THANK YOU!


16 comments:

  1. WOW - these are so cool, & so very different! The first one is so simple & you totally hit the nail on the head as far as making it look like a snowflake... & the second one is just PACKED with all kinds of well drawn goodies with nice shading!

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    1. Thank you Kathryn for such lovely feedback. They were just great fun to do! Axxx

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  2. The first one really does look frosty. Thank you for the heads up on the new tangle pattern Tropicana!

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    1. Thank you Caroona. I took a while looking at images of real snowflakes on the internet and so many of them are made up just of lovely diamond shapes so I thought I'd stick with that! Tropicana is wonderful to do!
      Axxx

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  3. Wauw, very beautiful both zendala's. The first one is simpel and fine, the second one has very beautiful combination of tangles. i love it!

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    1. Thank you Carmela - I'm so glad you like them both. Axxx

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  4. Wonderful! Two great zendalas. The first really does look like a snowflake, which is very hard to achieve. The second is so complex and rich. I can see why you enjoyed creating it.

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    1. Such a lovely comment, Karen - thank you so much! I did enjoy them both and I think I am as pleased as I could be with them.
      Axxx

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  5. Love it! Both of them, and they are so different! The first just screams snowflake and then the second is just a beautiful piece! Nicely done!

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    1. Thanks Kelly - shows how wonderful Zentangle is - a single template can not only be so different when one person does it twice - but a quick look at the templates that others have done demonstrates how incredibly flexible and adaptable the art form is! (I do like the idea that my first one is a screaming snowflake!) Axxx

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  6. You did well coming up with a snowflake representation. I was woefully lacking in that area. Like the second one and like the Tropicana. Have not tried that one yet.

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    1. Thank you Donald. It took me a while and then a lot of self-control not to 'do more'! But I'm pleased with the final result - and the second one was pure pleasure! Axxx

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  7. Your first really does give the impression of snowflake and the second one is just crammed with goodies! I think it must have left you with a great sense of achievement x

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    1. Thank you - I'm so glad you like them both. And you are quite right - I LOVE that Zentangle is so very satisfying to do and really does give a sense of achievement. Axxx

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  8. Both are beautiful; the first is definitely icy looking, and the second is so complex. Not only complex, but so beautifully drawn; terrific line work.

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    1. Thank you so much, Audrie - this is wonderful feedback and I am very grateful. Axxx

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I read everyone's comments and am delighted that you took the time to share your views. Thank you! Ax