Zendala Dare #3
Fill the template with tangles of your choosing.
Link for full page template
Link for standard tile and Zendala tile template
This weeks Zendala Dare was a tough one for me. Not because of the template or the tangles, but because of the materials. I have not completed many large ZIA's so I haven't played around with the paper needed to make them. I have no formal art training and have no idea how to properly use most art supplies. When I am in an art store I'm more of a "Oooohhhh, ahhhhh, look, pretty, buy" sort of girl. I had decided to make some larger pieces a few months ago and went to my local art store to buy a few pieces of paper. I basically picked something by look, feel, and color and thought I was good.
For the first two weeks of the Zendala Dare I have made both a standard and Zendala tile so I decided this week it might be nice to use the full size template which creates a piece that 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches. I dug out my paper and transferred my image and got to work. I could tell right away that something was wrong. The pen did not lay down the ink smoothly and the paper felt "scratchy". I thought I needed a new pen so I got one and continued. A little better but not much. By now I was about a third of the way through and was considering starting over when my husband picked it up and said "Wow, this one's really cool." Really? Couldn't you save me from myself and tell me it's not my best work! So I continued and I finished but the process was not enjoyable. I like the finished piece but I didn't like the journey I took getting there.
|Tangles: Splinters, Pystyl, Crescent Moon,|
Stumpt, Veezley, Printemps
What I realized is that all that emphasis that Rick and Maria put on using the right materials really does make a difference. In CZT training Rick and Maria talk about how they spent a whole day at a friends studio playing with pens and papers just to get the right combo. I never doubted that it was true and have always used the highest quality materials but now I realize that these tiny details are what makes Zentangle so amazing. Who ever thought that a piece of paper could frustrate someone so much? Time to invest in some Fabriano Tiepolo paper I guess.
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I hope everyone has a fabulous week!