Here's the thing. Most mandalas are created in a circular pattern. The big picture doesn't bother me. It's all those pesky little circles that end up in the design that really get my goat. Circles are not easy. Their inherant perfectness makes them prime meat for a bully on the mandala playground. They are not easy to transfer from the template, they are not easy trace with a micron, and in my opinion, they do not lend themselves to a lot of tangles. Besides that, circles are to templates what hoochie mama's are to men. They may look nice at first glance but do you really want to develop a relationship with them? For me the answer is no (to both circles and hoochie mama's!). To top it all off, I think circular shapes are the most difficult to incorporate into a Zendala. When I'm finished, they always look like something that was an afterthought, not something that flows beautifully into the other shapes and tangles of the Zendala.
Lately I have been incorporating many abstract shapes into my Zendala templates. I overlap the usual suspects; ovals, squares, and circles and them remove many of the lines to create a new shape that has some beautiful curves but none of the pesky perfectness that seems to bother me so much.
So why am I rambling on about this? Well, lets get to the Zendala Dare and maybe it will make a little more sense.
Zendala Dare #52
I have plenty of templates. Sure I could have picked one without circles but where is the challenge in that. This being the first Saturday of the month, a little extra challenge is in order. First lets take a look at the template:
Yep, there they are staring us dead in the eye. Circles, all perfect and uppity. They think their so cool.
I decided I needed a way to break them up a little. Throw a little chaos into their perfectly calculated world and I thought Hollibaugh was a perfect way to do it. The extra challenge this week is to use Hollibaugh directly over the template. Not as a tangle but as a string. Placing a big ribbon (or two or three!) of Hollibaugh right across the template will break up some of those circles and give you more options for tangles. Hollibaugh is an official Zentangle pattern that most people are familiar with. If you haven't tried it before you can find a step out here. Here's how my Zendala turned out.
|Tangles: Striping, Tipple, Hollibaugh, Festune, Knightsbridge,|
Printemps, Courant, Chillon
I'm pretty happy with this one, even if there are some circles. I especially like the stark white of the vertical ribbon. It adds some nice contrast. And yes, I did add in Hollibaugh as a tangle, which is fine, just remember the point of this challenge is to use Hollibaugh as a string.
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