I thought I'd start the New Year with something "new" to me. Zendala is a Zentangle in the round. This one came pre-printed from zentangle.com as a challenge from Jo-Ellen Matthews who is coordinating the Retreat to Paradise in April.
Being an art rebel by nature (hahaha) I pretty much ignored the teensy little shapes printed on it and combined them into larger shapes that more fit what I like to do. All the tangle patterns are repeated somewhere on the tile but I did not attempt to make the Zendala balance in any way other than that.
I know Margaret Bremner is going to teach more about Zendalas at the retreat in April so I am open to her ideas. I decided to leave the center blank in a more "wreath-like" Zendala...I thought it was so busy that the eye needed a rest somewhere. It is quite possible that more repetitive Zendalas are more restful to the eye. But there is something in my personality that resists too much repetition.
I enjoyed doing this and I know that it's quite easy to make your own Zendalas. And I also know that the circular shapes have a historical significance (see mandalas). So this is an area that I will explore as time goes on.