The Diva really put us to work this week with Diva Challenge #263. She had us take a Zendala tile which, if you haven’t seen them, are quite a bit larger than a regular tile. Then she instructed us to lightly pencil a string on the tile, and follow that with a grid. My freehand, slanted, globular grid, turned out much better than I expected. Paying attention and taking your time really helps. After the grid was completed, I faced the question of what to do with all of those grid boxes. So many possibilities, so much time needed to complete this challenge.
At last I decided that this grid provided the perfect opportunity to begin to play with the concept of Reticula and Fragments presented in the new Zentangle Primer Vol. 1. While you can read about a concept in theory, there’s nothing like putting pen to tile to really understand it. I’m still trying to grasp the concept fully for myself, but let me attempt to explain it for those of you without the book or much Zentangle experience. Reticular and Fragments is a new way of looking at creating designs based on grids, and how you can fill them with pattern fragments. The key to this concept is that by using just one fragment turned in different directions or placed in different relation to another on your reticula, aka grid, you can create a larger meta pattern. From a relatively few fragments, you can create thousands of different combinations and designs. The possibilities for play are endless.
If you have the book, I used the following fragments: L4, C2, F7, U7, B5, U1 and K7. The next time I try this I’m sure my design will be much cleaner, now that I understand the concept better. But even with this beginning effort I had a lot of fun and became absorbed in looking at the meta designs as they developed. Even the shading stage was more fun as I had to decide whether to emphasize the fragment or the meta pattern.
Oh, and you may be wondering why there’s that one black square with the white Printemps in the middle. This resulted from a mistake that I was unhappy about. As we know, there are no mistakes in Zentangle, just new opportunities, which I embraced. I attempted to cover my initial mistake with a Bronx Cheer tangle pattern, but I was still unhappy with the effect it had on the overall composition. Voila! A new opportunity presented itself. I covered the Bronx Cheer with my Micron Graphic 1 pen and drew on the Printemps with my white gel pen. Finally, I could live with that!
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