Zentangle: Zendala

Dragons and Knights

Not really, but I when I saw the name of the Diva challenge tangle this week was KNIGHTstar, I thought it should pair with DRAGONair. While I love the look of this tangle, it bugs me that guides are included in the stepouts. I guess I am a purist that way.

Once I started experimenting with it, I realized it was so similar to Rick’s Paradox that it should be possible to draw it without the guides. It took me a few days and much trial and error, but I am happy to report that it is possible. (If anyone wants a video, let me know.)

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For days, I had Knightstar practice on every scrap of paper on my desk.

I like Knightstar better when it has room to breathe, so I started with a Zendala: a black Zendala because it was at the top of the tin.

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Here is the “before” version. Just drawn. And kind of flat.
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After shading with graphite, white charcoal, and Zenstone.
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Not sure what it needed, but I’m pretty sure this was not it!
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And the final version. I will have to sleep on it because right now it feels like I should have quite several steps ago.

9 thoughts on “Dragons and Knights

  1. Yes, please, Chris, I think I would like a video for Knightstar. I too messed about with it, but using the guides – and you are right that, in using straight lines and ending up with curves, it IS like Rick`s Paradox, but I really needed those guides till I figured it out! Rosemary

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  2. Lovely pieces, Chris. I found it similar to Paradox too and I’m sure the guides can be skipped once a person understands the construction. The white on the black really adds to the drama of the tangle.

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