Zendala Dare #40
I know that I have commented in the past that sometimes I struggle with which templates to pick. I look at size, ease, difficulty, and the likelihood of whether or not they will lend themselves to tangles. Sometimes I throw it all to the wind and just pick them because I think they are cool. No such luck this week. Here's the template and an explanation will follow.
You may have noticed that alot of my templates have layered shapes. That is to say that if you took six circles of paper and layered them on a table you would not be able to see the full area of each circle. I think this an interesting look and it lends itself well to Zendala templates. This template is more of a line drawing so the shapes are layered but not opaque. This really bugs me. I don't know why but it just does. The best way I can think to describe it is to say that the template looks "hollow" to me. It has no depth. I'm also not a big fan of the triangles that keep appearing in it and the star in the middle looks out of place and offset in comparison to the rest of the piece. I'm just not a fan even though I'm the one that created it!
Here's the finished Zendala:
|Tangles: Mosaic, Meer, Paradox|
At this point you are probably wondering why I went on and on about the crappy template I'm giving you this week. It's because I want you to strive for more than I did this week. I disliked this template from the start and made sure I talked myself out of a positive creative process rather than embrace something I was uncomfortable with and turn it into something great. Sure, the finished tile isn't horrible but it is by no means inspired. It's pretty basic and I didn't give it the effort it deserved. Why? Because I talked myself out of being creative before I even got started. I took
about 50 one look at that template and decided I wasn't going to work hard at filling it. I shot myself in the proverbial tangling foot before I even printed the template out and that type of thinking is a waste of time and has no place in art. So this week, when you are trying to figure out what to do with the template, think great big plans and make them come to fruition. This week presented me with an unpleasant lesson but a well needed wake up call. Maybe a second attempt is in order. We'll see.
Have an amazing week and don't kill me if
the Dare is a little late next week!