Tag Archive: Zendala Dare

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 gave us a template to use that I think is just gorgeous.  It was drawn by Mariet, a regular contributor to the Zendala Dare.  She used Genevieve Crabe templates which she won in a contest.  Be sure to go look at the original blank template, over at The Bright Owl.  Here is my first interpretation of the template


Tangles: Flux, Poke Leaf, Tipple

It’s a little busy, but it reminds me of a wreath.  It would probably look good with color.  I may just do that and add it to this post later.  I have an idea for another one which I’ll do if I have time.  For now this is it.  Don’t forget to go over to Erin’s site and enter your drawings and/or look at all the beautiful eye-candy.  Thanks to everyone who commented here recently, and I’d love to hear from you again.



P.S. I haven’t had time to do a second one yet, and I”m going on a mini-vacation to Victoria, BC; but I did color the one I already did.  Which do you like better…..color or black and white.  I personally vote for black and white.


Dare #64

This is the first week of a new month, so Erin gave us an extra “dare”.  This week’s zendala should use only tangles that start with letters that spell out H-O-T or H-E-A-T.  We are to use each letter in the word at least one time, and use no other tangles.  This was a very fun challenge this week, plus I really like this template a lot.  I chose to spell out HEAT, so here is my zendala.


The tangles I used are Huggins, Ennies (variation), Angel Fish, and Tipple.  Be sure to stop by The Bright Owl website to see other zendalas.  I’d love it if you would leave me a comment.

Until next time, Let’s tangle!

Zendala Dare #63

Saturday is Zendala  Dare day, and I’ve got one done already.  Yay!  So, here it is.  I have to say the zendala I did doesn’t exactly ring my bell; but I may work on another one if I have the time.  Hope you enjoy.


Zendala Dare #62

This week’s Dare from Erin at The Bright Owl was a lot of fun.  So far, I’ve done two, one in black and white and one in color.

Dare #62

Tanglesl: Phicops, Purk, Mooka

dare 62.2

Tangles: Ixorus variation, Flux, Tipple, Heart vine variation

Hope you’ll leave me some love.  I’m off to leave some love to those of you who also participated.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!

Zendala Dare #59

I finished one zendala early this week.  I may do more, but I’m posting this one now so I can start commenting.  The earlier I start commenting, the more I get to see before the week is out. I really like Erin’s template this week.  It has so many possibilities, I’m sure I’ll have to do at least one more.


Tangles Used: Gneiss, Crescent Moon variation, miniature Flux variation, and Betweed.

I’m ok with this one, but I have a couple of ideas I think I would like better, with more contrast.  I really like bold, and contrast, or really organic and swirly.  This is kind of in between.  I hope you’ll let me know you were here.  Comments make my day.


Okey, here is the second one I did.  I started it on Sunday and finished it on Tuesday.  This one was done in several sittings.


While I was working on the first one, I thought it would be fun to see how this template would look using Paradox.  I kind of like it.  I did have to add a couple of lines to each section to make Paradox work the way I wanted it to.  Here is a scan when it was partially done where you can see the added lines if you compare it to the original.


It was actually pretty easy, even though it was time consuming.  Hope you like it.

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.




Zendala Dare #56

Well, this week’s Zendala Dare was also a real challenge for me, and apparently others as well.  Being the first of the month, Erin added an extra challenge.  She asked us to use only pencil, no ink on our zendala.  What an amazing learning experience that turned out to be.  I ended up doing three because I was so disillusioned with my first two.  The third one’s no great shakes either, but I’m going to post them all.  I know it’s supposed to be about the journey and the process, not the outcome.  Intellectually, I can agree with that.  But, let’s be honest, ok?  Nobody really likes to produce a piece of art they don’t like, do they?    I did all three of these yesterday (Saturday). but didn’t post them.  This morning when I looked at them again, I didn’t dislike them as much as I did yesterday.  That was interesting; I wonder if there’s a lesson in that about self judgment.  Also, I looked at some of the other entries and read how many of you had some problems producing something you really loved.  By the way, , the fact that I don’t absolutely love my results this week doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the challenge.  I did enjoy it immensely, and I thank Erin for once again asking us to leave our comfort zone and try something new.  However, don’t hold your breath for me to do another one in just pencil, OK?

The first one below is the last one I completed.  It was traced with an F  pencil, and the tangles and shading were done with a 3B art pencil.  One thing I did on this one, I didn’t on the other ones, is that as I completed a section, but before shading, I sprayed a fixative on the piece.  This helped reduce the amount of smudging I got.  That’s probably cheating in the zentangle style, but it’s done all the time with graphite sketching.  Besides, I still got some smudges anyway.


This one looks quite a bit different than the template, because although I drew it like the template, I covered up the irregular rectangles with tangles.

This next one is the second one I did.  I decided to go minimalist on this one and emphasize the shading.    For this one I added another pencil, a Kimberly 9XXB.  It’s a thick pencil, with a thick lead, and very soft.  I had never used it before and it won’t be one of my favorites in the future.  It produced lots of unwanted smudging.


Tangles, Ixorus, Printemps, Hibred, and two variations of betweed.

This is the first one I drew.  It’s the only one that is full size.  I drew this one with a #2 pencil, and then used F, 3B, and 9XXB for the tangles and shading.  This one had the most smudging, partly because it was so big and I had a really hard time keeping my hand off of it.  I’ve read that you can eliminate that by placing a piece of paper over what you’ve already drawn, but I didn’t think of that.  I think I would really like this one if it were in ink with shading.  The hibred sections really seemed to get washed out in pencil.


Well, that’s it for me on this week’s Zendala Dare.  I’d love to see your comments if you have the time.  Now I’m off to the Diva site to leave comments on all of the art there.

Until next time, Happy Tangling.


Zendala Dare #44

This week Erin gave us a square zendala template to try.  I wanted it to be round, so I messed with it a little bit, and here it is:


To do this, first I copied the template in a 4 x 6″ frame.  Then I drew a circle with a bowl for a template.  I put the template under the circle paper on the light box and traced it on.  Then I started tangling.  I started with Moving Day.  I guess this is a good time to talk about the “elephant in the living room”.  After drawing that tangle two times on the square, I goofed up and drew my parallel lines in the wrong orientation on the next section.  Oops!  I almost tossed it, then remembered there are no mistakes in Zentangle, so I repeated that “tangle” on the fourth side.  This tangle has no name.  I looked all through Linda Farmer’s web site, since I figured it’s so simple someone must have done it, but I couldn’t find it.  If anyone knows what it is, I’d love you to tell me.  If nobody has done it yet, I guess I’d probably name it Oops.  I decided I wanted an opposing square, so I put the template and the zendala back on the light box, moved the template around to get the second square, and traced that in.  I filled those four corners with Rick’s paradox.  Then I added Betweed in the corners of the original square and in the middle of the piece.  Added some Fescu, some line work, a few orbs, and did an Ennies variation around the edge, with an aura, and then shaded.  For such a large zendala it didn’t take that long.  The finished piece is about 7″ square.

A little aside.  I’ve missed posting several dares and also challenges from the Diva.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t do them.  I have had plenty of time to draw, mostly sitting in a hospital where my sister has been, first in intensive care with Septic Shock, and then treatment for pneumonia, flu, and urinary tract infection.  Now she’s in rehab, too weak to come home, but will probably get out next week some time and I visit her every day.  So, while I’ve had time to draw, I’ve had very little time to upload, write articles, and comment.  Things should get better very soon.

If you feel like making a comment, I’d surely love to read it.  Happy tangling everyone.