Friday, August 31, 2012

Typhlotic Foundation

Another week, another weekly Zentangle challenge (which Laura Harms hosts on her blog here. I'd recommend hopping around to all the other blogs that participate and seeing the diversity that abounds!). This time she challenged us to draw a string with our eyes closed. Here are the results of the eyes-shut strings:

That's my little brother modeling the Zentangles! He was
 coloring with an orange marker...either that or eating Cheetos!
I did two because the first one (on the left) was my warm-up string. It felt like I was drawing huge loops and whorls, but it ended up being really tight and compact. Taking that into account, I did a second string, which turned out more like I expected.

Here's how they look now, all tangled up:
Tangles in their natural environment.
For the first tile I used some XypJonqalParadox, 'Nzeppel, and Hollibaugh. Very loose and minimal.

For the second tile I used some Fife, and, again, Hollibaugh and Paradox. Very dense and full.

I really enjoy how both of these turned out, and so different from one another! You can really see how the strings hold up the tangles, but they aren't an absolute guideline. I ignore them about as much as I abide within them. I used to follow them more exactly, but as I've grown in tangling I've started ignoring the string more.

Every once in a while I get stuck on strings and draw the same one over and over. I think blind strings are a great way to get out of a string rut!

Oh, and a word on the post title: Typhlotic means blind, and Foundation refers to strings, the foundation of Zentangles.

It's so much fun to participate in these weekly challenges! Thank you, Laura, for bringing us your creativity week in and week out!

16 comments:

  1. These are great! And thanks for naming the tangles you used. Sometimes I see one I really want to try, but I can't find it in all the patterns on the website!
    A blind string is a great idea!

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    1. No problem! I reference the ZT newsletters so often - they're such a great resource, so I figured that I ought to share them.

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  2. They are both great! And you're right, the challenge to use a 'blind' string is really good.

    Annemarie

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    1. The Diva just puts out some wonderful challenges, doesn't she?

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  3. These are great but I am partial to the second one. The depth and grace of it are amazing.

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  4. Lovely work on both. I like the juxtaposition between open and airy and dense.

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    1. Thanks. I find it interesting how changing the string changed the tangle: the denser string produced a looser Zentangle and the looser string produced a denser tangle.

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  5. I really like what you have done with both tiles!

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  6. These are both beautiful in different ways, Zachary. The first one has a multi-dimensional feel and it's almost figurative, with a dragon like figure appearing in the upper left block. The second one looks more unified and very organic in nature. You are very talented. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you for the insights! I never would have seen that dragon! Blessings to you as well.

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  7. Both are very beautiful, and so different. Great job.

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