This week's challenge from The Diva is to use the prompt of the earth for "Earth Day". Renamed by her son, Chewie, as Amanda Day.
I decided to use one of the blank Zendala tiles for this challenge because of the round shape and I love the bigger size. As I was sitting there looking at the tile, I knew I wanted to use Verdigogh, because it more than any other tangle, is earthy to me. At the same time, I didn't want to think symmetrical, balance, and everything that goes into making a Zendala, at that moment. We all know one of the cool things about Zentangle is that there is no planning or preconceived idea of what you are going to draw. Just make the tangles and let it unfold before you. So that's what I did...I drew the Verdigogh first, then used a brown pen to draw 'Nzeppel around the outside. Then I thought my tile looked very dark (almost post apocalyptic) and that is so not me....I am a glass is half full, upbeat, positive person, so I set the tile aside and though I'd do another later.
Yesterday, I took a ride up into the foothills with my husband, Doug. He was gathering up so rocks to use in a landscape project he was doing in the backyard and I am always up for a ride in the mountains. As he was loading rocks (this was an area that was dug up by the city and was okay to remove rocks from) it started to drizzle and I was looking at the trees and thought about how some trees seem to grow right out of the rock with very little soil or moisture. Well, when I returned and took a second look at my tile, I knew that it needed color to come back to life. While I am not very good or experienced with color, I gave it a try. I used colored pencils to fill in Verdigogh and shade 'Nzeppel. It needed more color, so I added a string of Poke Root and colored it (no idea what color Poke Root really is). Now I feel like my tile is alive again! Happy Day, Mother Earth!