Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Back to Basics

"I'm going back to basics, to where it all began, I'm ready now to face it, I wanna understand."  Christopher E. Martin

I belong to a Facebook group called Square One: Purely Zentangle. Everyone is invited to share their 3 1/2 inch square white tiles, completed in black pen, with pencil shading. That's it...back to ZIAs (Zentangle Inspired Art). Each week there is a focus tangle if you choose to use it, although you don't need to.

This week's focus tangle is Betweed. It's always been one of my favorite tangles, and my favorite way to use it is in...I'm not sure what to call it....maybe columns? You can see what I mean in this tile, where I used Betweed with 'Nzeppel. The first one is unshaded.

Now the shaded version.

If you follow my blog you may recall me saying, more than once, that I like contrast in my Zentangles. Well, this one does not have my usual contrast, but I really like it anyway! I had so much fun  that I decided to do another Betweed tile. 

Unshaded with some Knightsbridge and Diva Dance...

And shaded...

You'll notice that I brought back the contrast for this one. The repetitive strokes of the lines in Betweed are very soothing to me. I love to use the pattern as the stem of a flower or trunk of a tree, as I did in the piece below, which I completed last year (just noticing that there's not a lot of contrast in this one either!)

I think I'm all Betweed out for now. Wondering what the focus for next week will be.

1 comment:

  1. I love your betweed! You could say that you tangled betweed in hollibaugh.