Thanks Laura for another fun challenge.
The challenge is to do something without using strings. Right up my alley as more often than not, I don't. I like the freedom of doing whatever I think of without being confined to working with a string, but most of all I love the element of surprise. There are times when I wished I hadn't used a particular pattern or I didn't follow the instructions properly and the tangle turned out different to how it was meant, but somehow or other it all comes together :)
So, it got me thinking.... or maybe it didn't as the first thing that came to mind was some text.... not really a Zentangle thing to do (but I usually go with the first thing I think of and take it from there). Little thoughts come to my mind - I say to myself, no, that won't work, how silly! and then I think, so what if it's not perfect - it is what it is and, once I commit, then that's it. I just go with the flow. A lot of you would have seen some of my works - I post them all! The reason is, whatever I have submitted is just another unconscious work - I don't sit there and analyse my work but I do wonder - what was this all about? lol
I love it as they are all part of the experience.
Occasionally, I just use dots on the page and go for it. Other times I start from the middle, or the side - I do turn my work around, seeing it from a different angle and many times the end result is upside down to how I started.
The most intriguing thing for me is my Zentangle 'life' is opposite of my real self. Outside of tangling I am a thinker, an analyser, a procrastinator, always being very careful and deliberate with my words - yet when I tangle I don't do any of that except for example when I'm making a card for someone I think of what I'm going to do before I start. There you have it, a little bit about me :)
So, for this week's Diva Challenge, I thought I would take you on a stage tour of my Zentangle Inspired Art - I called it 'Heart Strings'
Are you ready? here goes......... enjoy the ride! :))
Please excuse my grammar.... it says 'I often don't use strings - in saying that - this is a string :)
I used the tangle 'Retro' by Belatrix29/Elena Hadzijaneva, above the text and then I drew a grid for the 'Rose' pattern by Sandy Bartholemew. At this stage my thought was, I've really made it difficult for myself now! lol ... but... I go on.....
Added some curves to the outside of Rose. and then some straight lines with tiny hearts on the ends. Yoi, yoi, yoi! it's not going to be a flowy ZIA! :)
Some 'Zen Buds' by Danni O'Brien (I love doing these!) and a few lines across the way.
I have to keep it simple now, otherwise I would lose the effect - I added 'Tipple' - one of my all time faves!
Close up 1:
Time for some colour - I used Prismacolour Premier pencils. Almost finished now :)
If I haven't lost you by now - I thank you :)
More Close ups:
And finally, here is my finished ZIA
I hope you enjoyed the ride :)
Thank you for taking time to read this very long blog.
Wishing you all a lovely week - SMILES :)