ABSTRACT WITH BLUE BEGINNINGS
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This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know: the soul exists...it is built entirely out of attentiveness.
|January 26 Orlando Sentinel newspaper|
|12 x 12 Framed Zendala by Linda Craig|
|17" diameter on WC paper|
The first Zendala (in the frame) is by one of my Zendala class students, Linda Craig, who went ahead an finished her "snowflake" piece on her own and sent me a photo! I think it's just gorgeous and am hoping she will show it in the local art show!
In that lesson I had students cut their own snowflake and then design a Zendala from it by tracing it and rearranging it themselves. I think she got it! Wow. Don't you love the jewelry like additions on the outside edges? It has a ethereal and fragile look about it. It's amazing how much "personality" Zendalas have.
The second Zendala (unfinished) is my demo on how to create a Zendala fairly free hand. I took Helen Williams recent Sunflower Zendala she just posted and used it as a starting point.
I used a compass to make the center and outside circles and then just divided it up with a ruler into sections. I found that as the circle of petals widened I changed the patterns from ABAB to AAABAAAB and then on the outside edge to ABCD,ABCD.
I am teaching my students to mark the patterns that way (or with numbers) in pencil so they can feel comfortable getting that "zen" feeling as they go around and not worrying about misplacing a pattern which is disappointing. I tend to work mostly in black, white and gray but I have done one in colored metallic pens that was fun too. Color adds another layer of concentration.
|Pre-strung Zendala #4|
This is a pre-strung Zendala purchased from zentangle.com.
It comes blank with just the faintest of lines in pale gray that you can use as "strings" to guide you.
It is about the size of a standard CD or DVD.
Beautiful paper of course. I think there are 9 different designs.
I started this one with my Zendala class last Tuesday.
I pretty much ignored the pre-strung center to do my "own thing" there. Demonstrating that every pre-strung can be done dozens of ways. This one is black, white and gray.
The class also worked on larger Zendalas from their own cut-out snowflakes (which I already posted). One of the gals has finished hers! These are quite a bit larger.
|Light molding paste for swirls colored with pan pastels.|
Window is actually cut out. Metallic pens for tangles.
|When the paper door is open: Hand painted washi tape, watercolor, colored pencils, graphite and ink|
|Pre-strung Zendala tile #4|
|5 x 8" journal page|
|Cover: Collage, gelli print papers, stenciling, stamping, graphite rubbings|
|Gelli print papers collages, ink jet transfer, old calendars, inks and stabilo pencil, washi tape, ink stamps|