This week the Diva has challenged us to draw a “blind-sighted” string; which means close your eyes and draw a string on your tile.  The idea is to give up control and get “zen-like”.  Actually, I really like this kind of challenge.  I tend to be a thinking kind of artist, which often means I over-think everything before I draw it.  I do better at zentangles than any other art form, but many of my ZIAs are ” over thought, lol!  I almost always have an idea of what I want it to look like.  So this was fun; but as you will see as we go along here, I have another syndrome I fight with which is “I DON’T KNOW WHEN TO QUIT!”  That’s enough equivocation and excuses, it’s time to show you what I did. While both of these tiles started out as zentangles, i.e., 3.5″ square tile, drawn with black on white, and using only tangles, that is not the way they ended up.  They are both now definitely Zentangle Inspired Art pieces.  The picture below shows three things, the blind string, the tangle when I thought I was done, and what all else I did to it because I wasn’t ready to quit, so I didn’t.

Tangles: Baton, Strircles (var) Emingle, and Nightbridge (var).

On the blind string I started with the rectangle and first horizontal line, then I drew the spiral string from top to bottom.  I kind of liked it, although it was pretty dark.  Then I drew the tangles in the rectangle; and didn’t feel like it was enough; so I used a copics C9 marker and colored in the background…….hmm, still not enough, so I added the white with a Sharpie paint pen.  Didn’t feel like stopping so I sponged in the green.  I think I liked it better before.  Oh, well, you live and learn.  BTW, the Nightbridge variation I’ve never seen before, and may be new; but I’ll just call it a variation, since it’s nothing but alternate squares like nightbridge.   Oh yeah.  The finished two pieces are photographed upside down from the way it was drawn, because that’s how I finished it up and signed it.

Did the second one a lot the same.

Tangles: Betweed, Swirls, Pais, Nightbridge,Fescu, Ennies

This one has the second two photographed opposite way of the string also; but this time it’s because I thought it looked like a bowl of something, or a funny looking plant or chicken sitting in a container, lol.  The only reason I’m showing the third version of these is because of “to tell the truth”.  Sometimes it’s better to quit sooner than later.

Until next time, Happy Tangling.