Tag Archive: mandalas

This week Erin added an extra challenge.  We were asked to base the challenge on The Robert Louis Stevenson novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”   This is  the story of a prominent doctor who has a split personality.  His alter ego, Mr. Hyde, is a total opposite to Dr. Jekyll and is a murderer with no ethics or morals.   Erin asked us to explore the concept of opposites this week in our zendala.  The challenge this week is to split the template into two distinct sides, each the opposite in some way from the other.  We are free to do that any way our artistic muse suggests.

I will admit that I had a bit of a problem getting going on this one.  I think the reason is that part of the appeal of zendalas and/or mandalas for me is their symmetry.  The symmetry speaks to me of peace, tranquility, order…..all things that are often absent in life.  As a result, I wasn’t comfortable with total opposites in the tangles, so I chose to work with color.  This worked out well since I had just received a new set of Glittery Gelly Role Pens.  I chose green and red, opposites on the color wheel.  The only problem I ran into was that when I copied it after finishing it; the green glitter looks very very blue.  (The reason is that it is blue.  I thought it was green in the light I was working in, but I was mistaken.)   Oh, well.  Here it is:


Tangles: Tipple, Sand Swirl

For any of you who did black on white and white on black (which appeals to me a lot) I have a question.  How do you transfer the template onto black card stock??I know there is a white transfer paper that is used to transfer an image onto dark fabric.  Is that what you use?  I thought you had to use a transfer wheel to do that.  I’m totally stuck, and I’m sure if anyone can enlighten me it will be a “Duh” moment, lol.

Thanks for stopping by.



Here is my entry for this week’s zendala dare from Erin at The Bright Owl.  I had trouble getting away from the actual lines, so I finally decided to just go with the flow.  There are so many design errors on this, that at first I wasn’t going to post it.  Then I decided to try the Zentangle approach.  I tried to look at the whole, and not the parts where I knew the mistakes were.  It works!  It’s drawn on a distressed ink background.  Here it is:


The tangles I used are Baton, Pearlz; Allium variation with auras, and some line work and fill.  Thanks for stopping by and any comment you want to make.

This week Erin dared us to go back to a previous template with which we were unhappy with the results, and see what we could do to make it fun and enjoy what we did.  It was very easy for me to select which one to do.  Dare #35 – Where is my Template was a dare that frustrated me so badly that I never even submitted an entry.  First of all, I must have been absent in grammar school when we made paper snowflakes.  It took me a while to get any snowflakes at all; but I finally did.  Then when I traced it and drew in lines, I really didn’t like any of my templates.  I think I did four or five of them.  Then, since I didn’t like any of my shapes, I couldn’t decide what tangles to put in it.  Altogether an unsatisfactory experience.  I finally gave up and just skipped that week.

I determined that would not happen to me again.  Soooo, I did about six snowflakes, traced and drew lines on a few of them, and then pondered what tangles to use.  Alas, I was having the same trouble as last time.  I didn’t like the way I turned my snowflakes into templates.  I went back to Erin’s post and reread it, and suddenly I had an “aha” moment.  Erin didn’t like the squareness of the template she chose, so what did she do?  She actually practically ignored some of the lines and drew something in altered spaces  that she did like.

Proceeding with that in mind, I retraced the least objectionable template, this time making the lines as light as I could.  Then I drew my zendala/mandala and filled it.  Here is the result:


Dare #35-Where is my template? Tangles used: Drupe variation, Flux variations, Facets, Msst.

As you can see, both tiles are almost identical.  I drew the black and white one, leaving off the outer border and the shading and photocopied it to add color to.  Then I shaded the first one and added the Msst border.  The second one is colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I love organic, so I was pretty happy with both results.

Here is what I started with as a snowflake template.  On the left is the traced template, and on the right is the template with the lines I drew in.  These lines have been significantly darkened for you to see, but on the one I used, the lines were as light as I could get them.  Mostly, the light lines just helped me to decide where to draw my flowers, lol.


Even though the early part of this assignment was somewhat frustrating, I ended on a very high note.  What I added to my arsenal of skills was the knowledge that if I didn’t like a particular template, I could change it anyway I wanted to.  A true AHA moment.  Actually I have done that often with strings I have drawn, but never tried it with a mandala template.  Who knew?  A couple of other things I learned about making the snowflakes.  Precise folding is critical, so a bone folder is helpful. If your folding is not precise, your cuts won’t be uniform sizes; although you can adjust them with a pencil when you trace.   I also found an alternate way to fold on Martha Stewart’s site, here.  She starts with a square and then folds diagonally, and I found that an easier way to get precision in the folds.

For fun, here’s some snowflakes I made and will save for potential projects, since this is now another favorite way to make mandala templates.l  🙂


Thanks Erin for daring us to leave our comfort zone and explore and try new things!

Thanks to all of you who commented on my last zendala, and I’m glad you’re here again.  Hope you will leave me a note.

Zendala Dare #57

This week on Erin’s Zendala Dare, we were fortunate to have Genevieve Crabe as a guest poster.  She makes gorgeous zendala templates, and teaches mandala classes online.  Here is what I did with Genevieve’s zendala.


Tangles: Baton and Meer

This template was all straight lines so that’s the type of tangles I chose.   It went together fairly quickly.

Until next time, Happy Tangling.




What a great challenge!  Mooka was the second tangle I learned in April last year when I first discovered Zentangle.com.  I was totally new, and I watched the Betweed video and learned that one, and went on to the only other video at the time, Mooka!  I loved the organic smooth look of mooka immediately.  However, it didn’t always love me back.  I’ve always had trouble with the really smooth lines that are close together, parallel, and equidistant.  However, that has never stopped me from using Mooka, although, I don’t think I had ever done a monotangle of Mooka before.  So here goes:


Both of these are done on a single 3.5″ x 7″ scrap of watercolor paper.  For the zendala I used a wine glass to draw a circle before I filled it with wine.  I roughly divided it into eighths and then drew a mooka in each section.  It is  shaded with graphite.  The second was drawn as a border with black fill around the edge, graphite and prismacolor shading.   Those two went very quickly, so I decided to do another one.

I’m taking Genevieve Crabe’s class on hand drawn mandalas.  So I used some tips she teaches to draw the next drawing by hand.

challenge-111.1This one is approximately 8″ round.  I’m not sure it actually qualifies as a monotangle, since I used some tipple fill in the mookas in the border.  This one took a while to shade and fill, and my Graphic 1 pen ran dry, and I had to finish with an 05 Sakura.  I also used a white Sharpie paint pen for the dots around the center.  Time consuming, but I’m happy with the outcome.  I’d love to hear your opinions if you have time.  But whether you have time for that or not, don’t forget to go to the Diva Challenge website (link on the right) to see all the gorgeous eye candy.

Until next time, Happy Tangling!