Zentangle Challenge 174

Zentangle inspired art

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.


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  1. Annemarie on July 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Very beautiful, I love the soft coloring.

  2. sal:allonestring on July 4, 2014 at 1:42 am

    That thud was my jaw hitting my desk! I would like to see an even larger picture to study it more.

    • minette on July 4, 2014 at 6:39 am

      Thanks, I just snapped a pic with my phone but will take a better one today and repost a larger version.

  3. 1 Art Lady Kate Tangles on July 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I love the colored background that you used on this tile, so rich. It is beautifully done and I am glad you enjoyed the mixed media.

  4. LonettA on July 5, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Absolutely gorgeous and unique piece of art!

    • minette on July 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you!! It was a fun project.

  5. Jean Chaney on July 6, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Truly a piece of art. Beautiful!

  6. Donald W on July 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Like the white highlights on this. Really like the background.

    • minette on July 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks, Donald – they show up well in the photo 🙂

  7. Holly (ha! designs) on July 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I love this zendala! Beautiful! The painted background is stunning and really highlights the beauty of your art.

    • minette on July 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you Holly, I appreciate the feedback.

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