Friday, March 16, 2012

Zentangle Challenge #62

The Zentangle challenge of the week is to use the paradox pattern in a spiral string. Again, a great challenge. Here are my 2 entries:

I haven't used paradox much so I had several practice sheets laying on the table most of the week. It's so cute, one night I noticed my 9 year old had added some of his own. The red and green ones on the right are his. I've noticed more tangle patterns showing up along with his usual drawings of aliens, monsters, army men, and such!

I'm sure paradox will become a favorite pattern. I have really enjoyed going through all the original tutorials and suggestions that were linked on the challenge website, as well as all the entries. I did discover something that really helped me this week and would like to share with you. I'm sure it's not a new idea, but I came up with it this week and it saved me lots of frustration.

So here's my Zentangle tip:
Use scrap paper against tile, draw full pattern as usual.

Pull away scrap paper for clean tile edge
Use a scrap piece of paper lined up over or next to your tile to help you draw the full pattern. It is so hard to draw just part of a pattern when you want just a piece of it along the edge of the tile or string border. This way, you draw it just like normal and when you remove the scrap paper your design will have the look you want. Anyway, hope it helps! Until next week.

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  1. Your paradox is beautifully conveyed in its spiraling motion!

  2. Your tip is wonderful. Why hadn't I ever thought of that!

  3. Particularly like the second tile...and your son's contribution!

  4. Nicely done. I really enjoy your two variations on the same black spiral with two different treatments. Great tip.