Thursday, September 28, 2017

Crazy 'Nzeppel

"No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys."    
 Douglas Horton

The Diva's challenge this week is to use the pattern Crazy 'Nzeppel. It's a variation of plain old 'Nzeppel which is a grid based tangle. The crazy variety is based on random lines rather than a grid. I've always called it Random 'Nzeppel and am not really sure when it got the crazy label. 

Anyway, I used one of my colored tiles as shown here.

I started by tangling 'Nzeppel, then added Clob and a few bits of Tipple.

At this point I wasn't too sure that I liked it, but ah! The magic of shading!

Now I like it much better. I could have done the shading in color to go with the colored tile. And I probably would have, except for the fact that I don't have my preferred supplies for color shading (pastel pencils) with me right now. So I went with plain old graphite, which worked out pretty well.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Zendala Time

 "Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous."     Bill Moyers

Way back in May I realized it had been a really long time since I had worked on a Ben Kwok template. So I decided to do one of his mandalas. But then began my crazy summer, and it wasn't until last week that I got back to this zendala that was started so long ago.

Here is a picture of Ben's template that I began with.

A few lines were left out so that I wouldn't have spaces that were too tiny to tangle. Here's what it looked like after I finished tangling. 

I began shading but paused after the center area was done so I could share the half shaded zendala with you. It's always so interesting to see the difference a bit of graphite can make.

Then I completed the shading, which took quite some time,  and here's the final zendala. 

Not bad, but I have to admit that after having this one laying around for so long I'm looking forward to moving on to something else!