Most experienced tanglers know that when it comes to a Zentangle® tile, it’s all good and there are no mistakes! It’s the process, not the product. However, sometimes when we look back at a tile with some distance of time and a more artistic eye we see things we’d have changed in our composition or execution of a tangle. Does it matter? No, not really. But it can be fun to play with those completed tiles anyway, to see how a little remix could change their final effect. That’s exactly what the Diva has directed us to do this week with Diva Challenge #273.
As I looked through my tiles trying to decide which one to remix, I landed on two that felt like they could benefit from a little extra love and play time. And why not? Going over lines, adding darkness, rounding edges, those are all actions I find very relaxing. Therefore, I found this week’s challenge more of a visit to the mental spa than a mental challenge. And that’s an excellent thing.
I think this first tile was created back when I was playing with Molygon, not bad but a little light on the contrast. So I took out my Micron and added lots of black. I like most of the additional black, except for the extra black on the W2 weaving. I think that tangle was better on the original tile. I love the transformation of the Paradox – so much more dramatic. Lessons were learned.
This second tile was one where I was playing with tangles for a Spring tangle theme class. I felt that everything needed to be pulled together, but how? Well, in addition to adding some black to the layers of the Cyme in the upper left, and to the Centipede on the lower right, I also added two other tangles. I wrapped some BB around the Quandary on the top right. I’m not sure if I’ve ever used BB before, but I found it so relaxing. It was like playing with a stack of books. After that was done, I still felt like the Zinger on the lower left was too bare, so I added some Florz behind it. My only regret is that the diamonds turned out too big at the meeting points of the grid making it all too dark. More lessons learned!
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