Zentangle inspired art

Zentangle Challenge 174 – Superimposing Strings

I love the weekly Zentangle challenge from IamtheDivaCZT. This week’s challenge was about combining strings and was shared by Aimee Belair, CZT from Inkerbelle.com.

Following some of her examples, I chose to combine a round string with a triangle in the center. It’s not a usual Zendala for me, I normally like more organized/equal patterns in the mandala tradition. But I had already painted the background of this blank Zendala tile and liked the colors.

I got the inspiration from Bonnie McLain in a conversation we had about her beautiful contribution to last week’s Zentangle challenge. You can see her work here. I used Ranger Distress Inks to color the backgrounds. Then I added more color with my Inktense watersoluble pencils and Sakura pens, some Glaze and some Gelly Roll. I also used a brown micron pen to draw the tangle patterns.

I had fun experimenting with the mixed media techniques of working on a colored background and then continuing to add layers of color. I like how the triangle in the center of my string is still faintly visible. Can’t wait to see what next week’s Zentangle challenge will bring.