Daily Zen: 2017081901

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This is the first Zendala I have ever drawn. A Zendala is a mandala created using tangles. I have never done one before because I was so worried about it being perfect. However, after watching Eni’s Radial Zendala video, I understand that it was OK to create something that was “perfectly imperfect”.

I was still very nervous about tackling this, but I had a concept in mind of creating a Zendala that would represent the basic elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. I knew some of the tangles that I wanted to use, but I also allowed the design to evolve and grow on it’s own, too.

The one problem that I had, in the end, was shading such a complex drawing without losing parts of the design.

Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil and black colored pencil.

Tangles: Aloha Betweed Caviar Crescent Wave Deco Border Henna Drum Nekton Printemps Scallops Zenith