I hope you're having a lovely holiday with fun, friends, and family. As the holiday season can bring along its share of stress (yes in the form of fun, friends, and family), Zentangle® might be a welcome relief! Give yourself a few minutes to unwind while creating some beautiful artwork.
Santa was very good to me this year because he brought me a set of Tombow markers and a set of Mandala stencils from Genevieve Crabe. :-)
I've mostly worked with the pre-strung round tiles by Zentangle with an occasional free-form piece on one of the blank tiles. I've taken a Mandala class before and could pull out a ruler and other tools, but I haven't had the patience. I know, I know, Zentangle is not about rushing. If something is an obstacle, however, it can interfere with my actually creating. Thanks to Genevieve's stencils, I feel like I can create Zendala strings on my own that enhance my Zentangle experience! Yippee!
I drew my dots and let my Micron pen fill in the shapes. I was surprised by the fact that I wasn't obsessed with lines that weren't straight or perfectly curved. Zentangle art is handmade art! I knew that once I filled in the spaces with tangle patterns it wouldn't matter if some were a bit off.
I realize now that I should have scanned my tile before filling in the tangles, but I was so excited I couldn't stop myself. I enjoyed the entire process from the string to tangles to shading.
Here is the end result for my first official Zendala that I created: