This week, the Diva encouraged us to tangle in a new way using straight lines as the string. I drew my lines at a diagonal across my tile then went back and added some smaller lines to see how I'd fill them in. I ended up using eleven tangles.
I tend to use my strings as guides and often find my tangles pouring out over the boundaries. For this one, I kept finding my pen staying within the lines. Maybe I wanted to challenge myself to keep the lines straight. It was fun to think about which tangles I could fit into the smaller sections.
I love how with the Zentangle® method, we can stay within the lines, exceed the lines, or ignore the lines completely! We all have permission to create and to explore. If you don't like the end result, start a new tile! Since Zentangle is so quick to do, you haven't invested a ton of time or materials in an experiment. I like to hold my piece out and turn it around to get a different perspective. I still keep all of my tiles even if they aren't favorites. Each one tells a tale along my creative journey. I love writing notes on the back about which tangle patterns I used, what, if anything, inspired the design, and any challenges I faced in the creation of my work.
Here's my straight-lined string challenge: