Monday, July 09, 2012

Auraknot

 I am in love with the new tangle Auraknot, so I was pleased to find that this week's challenge from the Diva over at I Am the Diva is to use Auraknot in a tangle. I attempted a step-out of this pattern when Rick and Maria challenged the Zentangle community to try their hand at it, but the actual steps are so much easier than what I came up with. It allows much more freedom, and is more relaxing. You don't have to connect the dots or pre-plan anything, you just put pen to paper and tangle. I didn't even use a string for this one, and I don't feel a string is necessary. The Auraknot becomes the string, the backbone of the tangle. Thanks Rick and Maria for what is quickly becoming one of my favorite tangles!

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  1. Love your aura knot....(wonder what people think of this statement if they never heard of Zentangle)
    I love the boldness of this piece, the no fear attack of pen to paper....and the unexpected softness of the tipple in the center. Tangle on.... maria

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    1. Thank you Maria! It's all about those contrasts...Black and white, bold and soft, smooth and angular. :-)

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  2. How stunning is this wonderfully contrasted auraknot! I love the depth and the background really enhances what you have done! I also am impressed with how the ribbon runs through the whole!

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    1. Thank you! I can thank Maria for the ribbon idea from the Auraknot video - it really integrates the knot into the rest of the tangle, I think.

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  3. This piece really gives me the feeling that you relaxed and let it happen - it's so "seamless" and flowing. I love the contrast of the black and white background, and your rendition of Auraknot is beautiful.

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    1. I really did! I find they turn out much better unplanned than planned. I love that aspect of Zentangle! Thank you!

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  4. very nice! you do great detail work :)

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    1. I thrive on detail work - part of the reason graphic design is the field I'm going into. Thank you!

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  5. Love your free flowing ribbon! And the background is so much fun! Another great Zach creation! :D

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    1. With the background I went waaaaaay back to one of the first tangles, Jonqal, that I ever learned. It's a classic! Thank you so much.

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  6. Your ribbon twisted through auraknot adds some great pizzazz!

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    1. Oooh, pizzazz! I always appreciate words with plenty of Z's! :-) Thank you!

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  7. You did a great job with this challenga! It keeps you looking.

    Annemarie Huijts

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    1. Why thanks! Glad it holds your interest!

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  8. I'm crazy about this - this is what I wanted to do, but couldn't wrap my brain around - the auraknot on top of a background. So cool, and wonderful execution! I love the ribbons running through there, too.

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    1. Thank you! I started with Auraknot, then added Jonqal. I just let the tangles lead me where they wanted to go! It's a very fun process :-)

      Tangle on!

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  9. Vow! It's a brilliant piece of art, Zach. You have arrived.

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    1. I appreciate that! I consider any Zentangle I do spontaneously, flowingly, an arrival. Even if it doesn't look "good". It's the process, and then the product.

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  10. Great tile. I really like how you showcased the new tangle by tangling around it also. Very bold and striking.

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    1. Thanks! It seemed rather lonely on its own - it just pleaded for me to add some of its tangle buddies!

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  11. This is a gorgeous Auraknot, love the woven ribbon!

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    1. Thank you! Anything woven is good in my book!

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  12. Beautiful--the ribbon is perfect and I love the background! great job!

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  13. Fabulous job with the challenge! You did a great job working with auraknot! Love it! :)

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