Zentangle

Wide Open Spaces

The Diva Challenge this week is to use a specified string.  The first thing I do when I see an oval or teardrop shape is to fill it with purk. I decided specifically to NOT fill that big space but to wait and see what it needed after I did the rest.

Since the string reminded me of one of my beginner strings, I thought back to my CZT training and the tangles I learned.  Maria taught us her new tangle: betweed and Rick taught us his ‘nzeppel.  I also used pokeroot, a tangle I rarely use. After seeing Maria’s wonderful version in their new book, I thought I’d give it another go.  Still don’t like my pokeroot, but they can’t all be a favorite.

So, what are your favorite tangles to use?  Do you have any that you just don’t like to do?  Enquiring minds want to know…

22 thoughts on “Wide Open Spaces

  1. Thanks, Shelly. I also love purk, but tripoli and mooka are both on my naughty list. If I could do them as well as you…then maybe they could move to the nice list.

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  2. I also made a conscious choice to NOT use Purk in the teardrop, although I did use others instead. I go through pauses of using a few tangles all the time and then moving on to something different. There are a few I don't use because I don't draw them well (like sank egg!) or I just don't care for the effect they give, but I won't name names! Nice negative space!

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  3. I think the negative space was a great idea! I used Betweed in my tile too – and I rarely use that one, though I love it! I love Paradox, and have to say that it's probably my favorite. My least favorite would probably be Mooka – I love seeing other people do it, but I don't like it when I do it. I guess I have to just keep practicing!

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  4. The arched look is super. And you did good to leave that teardrop alone. I would have had the same trouble. Love to fill every space….am practicing to leave openness, but it is hard…lol

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  5. Chris, this is lovely! I love the way you have rounded betweed; leaving the teardrop is perfect here so we can appreciate your other tangles. My fav's are a few I first learned: cadent, ornamato, and bales with all it's tangelations. I try not to use them too often though…

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  6. Sue – I love cadent, bales, and omamato, but I don't use them too often in my own work either. I think it is because I so often teach them in my beginner class. Hmm. I didn't think about rounding betweed. I was just following my string. Guess I had my zen on. Thanks!

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