Friday, January 16, 2015

200 and Going Strong!

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt."   Sylvia Plath

Just a quick post to celebrate the Diva's 200th challenge. 200 weeks is a long time! That would mean she started issuing challenges just about the time I discovered Zentangle. But I didn't start participating in the challenges until much later. To celebrate reaching 200, this week's challenge is to do a Zentangle with your go-to tangle, use the whole tile with no border (I usually do that anyway), and include the number 200 somewhere on the tile.

I have a lot of go-to tangles, but for this I chose Paradox. The repetitive straight lines are very relaxing for me. I decided not to plan this out at all, except for putting a circle in the center for my number.  But after that I just drew triangles of all sizes, not necessarily meeting at the same points. I did not pay any attention to whether I spiraled them all in the same direction to get the look of twisted columns, or alternated directions to get the look of fans. Drawing line after line after line, I got very much into the Zentangle zone. I could have kept going forever but had to stop when I reached the edges of the tile. 

So here is my totally unplanned Paradox tile, some with fans, some with twisted columns, some larger and some smaller. All unshaded in this picture...

And all shaded in this one.

I'm looking forward to the next 200 challenges. Thanks Laura (aka The Diva).


  1. Love all the fans in your Paradox.

  2. Always good to see a tile with and without shading; the difference is obvious.

  3. looks great, caren! i don't do paradox very often, but i love looking at someone else's work using it - this is awesome!

  4. I did paradox too...I love how it creates such wonderful shapes, flowers, fans, columns. I haven't been tangling long enough to have a go-to pattern but this one is really beautiful! Great work and shading Caren!

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