Saturday, February 5, 2011

Zentangle Challenge #7


This week's Zentangle challenge over on the I Am the Diva blog, was a little different. We weren't given a word/theme cue, or a Zentangle pattern to use. Instead, we were to just Relax, Breathe, and Smile. We were to just let the Zentangle flow from us, sort of like how our breathe flows, in and out in a controled, but relaxed manner.

That sounds easy enough...I basically had license to create anything, really. So why did I find this the most challenging challenge so far? I think because I wasn't given a word or theme cue. How about you...do you find challenges easier when you have a starting point, or you know there is some sort of element you are to include in your result?

The above design sort of reminds me of a couple things. In some ways it looks a bit bee like. The feathered shapes look a lot like the wings of an insect. I used the Betweed pattern to fill them and it was my first time doing that pattern, except in practice. I probably shouldn't have used it, because I found myself not breathing at times while drawing it. I think I was trying to draw it perfectly so my breathing sort of stopped at times. When I became conscious of that, I tried to loosen up. I think that part will take some practice.

Anyway the second thing the design reminds me of is a sort of weird flower and the feather shaped areas are the petals.

How about you...what do you see?

14 comments:

  1. I definitely see the bee. I love seeing what you do. The few I have done, I have used the draw a line and then fill in. I hadn't thought to make a shape like this and add identical "wings" to the sides. I guess I am paying too much attention to the rules and need to break loose. You certainly are up early!

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  2. I love the contrast in this piece.....the highlighting makes it especially distinctive!

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  3. I can see both the bee and the flower...neat design Terri!

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  4. Beautiful design Terri - the delicacy of the "wings" is lovely. And your art quilts... fabulous!

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  5. Fun tangle. I know what you mean about not breathing when something isn't familiar. I had the same problem with Paradox and now that I'm comfortable with the pattern there is a rythmn and I can actually breathe!

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  6. I see the bee, for certain. Very intriguing!

    auntie jude

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  7. For me it is a bee, polished and sophisticated. Beautiful! :-D

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  8. I definitely like the bee, but I can also kind of see the flower. I had a hard time with the breathing too.

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  9. this was really a tricky challenge for me also. i'm glad you gave it a try!!

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  10. I find it much easier to have a word/clue/challenge as my starting point in most of what I do.......gives me a jumping off place....otherwise I have a tough time even getting started because there are just so many directions we could go in.
    My first impression was some sort of deformed bee.......lots of wings but no head LOL I feel like that some days!!!

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  11. I saw a beautiful fairy insect… I really like BETWEED to fill the wings. And a wonderful polished striped body. Yes I like it very much!!!
    (Looking at it again I see a submarine launched, the water is splashing…)

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  12. Wow - the curve and the light play on this are just awesome. It's a wonderful ZT! Can't wait for this week's challenge. What wonderful fun we're all having. =)

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  13. I saw the headless bee! Hahahaha! But I must say the secrecy of his identity made him more alluring. He's so smooth I want to touch him. :o)

    I love these patterns, but I'm not well acquainted with them yet, so I enjoy the designs for their flow and creativity.
    I'm not finishing mine... and I think a lot of it is that they look "wrong" to me somehow. I don't know if they really qualify as tangles.

    I'm with you - having a prompt is so much easier for me. When someone says "What if we do..." then I've got all sorts of ideas. But when I have to come up with an idea from scratch.... nothing. >sigh<

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