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Zingo

I had the toughest time with this one.  I just couldn’t come up with anything creative this time.  So I just went with a simple composition.  And oh, Ka totally came up with the idea for the background.  Yup!  She gets all the credit for the stripes.  I quite like it.  It definitely makes the composition a little more interesting, I think :).  Makes the Zingo pop, no? Thank you baby!

Zingo

 

 

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Flux

I recently started reading ‘Mindset’ and I have, much to my delight, discovered that when it comes to art, I have a “growth mindset”.  It means that I’m super critical of my work, am willing to push my boundaries and believe that with practice I can get infinitely better.  Now, I am fairly new to Zentangle.  I don’t know the names of tangles.  I don’t have a go to tangle. More often than not, my tiles end up looking nothing like what I’d envisioned and I have a long winding road to traverse before I get where I want to be.  But that’s okay.  I am learning everyday. I am enjoying the process and it keeps me engaged.  That’s why I absolutely loved this week’s Diva Challenge (#308).  For my tile, I picked Flux.  I just happened to chance upon it during one of my mindless browsing sessions.  I learned that this was one of the original tangles, and it has two versions – Rick’s and Maria’s.  So, I decided to  throw them in together and see how that would work.  Here’s what I got…

Flux

I am fairly happy with it.  I am sure there is much room for improvement though.  Any feedback, tips, and/or suggestions are always appreciated.  That’s the only way I know to learn and grow 🙂

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Oh Fricle!!

I missed IAST#188.  Mainly because I just couldn’t decide what to do.  In the end, this is what I came up with.  Far from perfect, it’s not even close to what I had in mind.  Moreover, not only am I a whole week late, turns out I haven’t managed to work fricle in either.  I thought I had but since I don’t know when to stop drawing, I ended up turning my fricle into a random variation of hamadox (I think)!!  For now this is what I have.  But I am going to come back to it and make a tile with the right set of tangles. Until then…

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The Shamrock

St. Patrick’s Day is round the corner and here’s my submission to It’s a String Thing Challenge#187.  A shamrock using the tangles Lucky, Cayke, and Rixty.  It was fun and didn’t take me too long.

Zen13_Scan_Shamrock

In hindsight,  I should have used a black or white tile instead of the toned gray.  That might have made it look a little brighter.  No harm done though.  There’s always a next time 🙂

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Plumage

I loved this week’s challenge (#306). The second I laid my eyes on Amphora, I knew what I wanted to do with it.  I spent nearly 5 hours bringing my idea to life.  I drew it in pencil first, then went over the whole thing with my micron and filled in the colours.  After which I went right ahead and ruined it.  Okay, maybe not ruined.  But definitely spoilt. I added the dangles in the background and now I don’t quite like it.  I can’t undo it.  It’s way too much work to recreate it from scratch.  So, I am going to have to live with it.  But overall, I think it’s not too shabby.  Zen12_Scan_Peacock

I still want to do something to the body but can’t decide what.  I have printed a few smaller versions of it to do a comparative analysis of all the possibilities. Once I make up my mind, I will update this post with an image of my final work. Maybe I am overthinking this.  I mean, “comparative analysis”! Really?!  But hey, that’s me.  If I don’t overthink it, I wouldn’t be me.  So, I’m going to go with my instincts and analyze the life out of this one.  Hopefully at the end of it, common sense will prevail and I’ll decide to either leave it alone or keep it simple.  We’ll just have to wait and watch…

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