This week's Diva Challenge is to create a tile without a string. Can you really escape from a string totally? Once you make your first tangle, in a sense you have part of a string...something to work off of. How do you keep it looking like a zentangle or does it become free flowing zentangle inspired art? I am one who really likes the comfort of a string. I usually always start with a string, even if I end up ignoring parts of it and taking my tangles in a different direction, I like to start out with one. I find that starting without a string makes me think too much... what can I do next, what tangle will flow good here, which direction should I go in, etc. It starts to feel so planned out and it takes the "zen" part out of tangling, where you just draw your string, pick tangles at random, and let the end result surprise you.
I started with Fengle in the corner, added Betweed inside, and rounded out the ends with Knightsbridge. Then I proceeded with Flux and Tipple. Next was Rain, then some Mysteria. Ended with some Paradox and Onamato. So, even if I didn't have a string drawn on my tile, I was still creating one in my mind before I drew the next tangle....interesting! Good challenge, Laura...but bring back my string! LOL!