This week's challenge to find your comfort zone, and to move beyond it...into...the DANGER ZONE! Only you know what it is that makes you feel 'safe' in the zentangle world. This week, you can either dip a toe into the waters of the Danger Zone, or you can choose to cliff dive, fully clothed into the waters!! A little or a lot, it's up to you!
I thought about this one a lot and was going to do a black tile, because working with white on black is still a little uncomfortable for me. Then a couple of days ago, I glanced at a book that proudly sits on my coffee table. You know that one, the best book out there on Zentangle....The Book of Zentangle by Rick and Maria.
I absolutely love the tile on the cover of this book! I look at it a lot and marvel at how the lines weave in, out, and around each other all so effortlessly. I also love the way they wrap around the edges and have so much dimension.
Well, back to my "Danger Zone"......I have always struggled with the tangle "Umble". I can't begin to tell you how many tiles I have thrown away when I try to add that tangle. Not sure what it is, but I just have not been able to make it work. So, should I "dip a toe" in the waters of the danger zone and just do a monotangle of Umble, or "cliff dive, fully clothed into the Umble Danger Zone. I decided to cliff dive.
I drew some different size circles going off the corners of my tile, and then dived into Umble. After studying Maria's tile awhile for inspiration, I knew I had no idea how to make it weave so beautifully, but I had to start somewhere, so I dived in and just kept adding lines in the "Hollibaugh fashion" (under each other) until at last my tile was filled. It took me a long time, because I went very slow. While it doesn't have that beautiful effortless looking weave that Maria attains, I am quite happy with it. Some of the edges actually look like they are wrapping around...yay! Maybe, I will try to add Umble to my work more often...maybe?
Thanks Laura, this was truly a challenge for me!