There is no diva challenge this week, as Laura has taken a break from posting until after the new year. But that doesn’t leave me without challenges or focuses. :) Thankfully the facebook community is going strong. :)

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meShading Zentangle and Square One: Purely Zentangle are focusing on the fun tangle, Stella by Jana Pharmer. I really enjoyed this tangle. I looked at the step-out when I first came across the focus tangle for the week and thought it might take a bit of focus. But then I saw someone else that drew an alternate step-out, which seemed to simplify it a bit. And then I watched the video that Nicole Dreyer did over on Tangle It! Pattern Club fb page. Watching her draw it and give pointers/tips as she went, really helped. It helped so much that I didn’t even have to reference the step-out as I drew mine. I did make a couple of tiny little uniquenesses (because there are no mistakes with Zentangle) but they are minor.

I attempted a little overlapping on this one but it was just that, a little. ;) This is something I need to work on. I don’t like other tangles to interfere with my drawing and thus don’t put them in positions to look the best. Mine are kind of clumsily overlapped but I’m learning. ;)

I did not start out intending to do a monotangle; it just kind of went that way. After I drew stella, I thought that some bold black would really make it pop. Naturally I considered doing some Hollibaugh because I have done that before with blackening. But I wasn’t sure, so I decided to just blacken in the very center part that would be empty space. Then I decided that there was nowhere for Hollibaugh to go and kept blackening. I knew that I didn’t want it all blackened in but wasn’t sure where to stop. In the end, I drew I kind of wiggly outline and took it to there.

I’m not really pleased with the inking of the blackened areas. I used a graphic 1 sakura and am pleased with how quickly I was able to fill it in and that I still had ink left when I was done. :D

Well, here is the unshaded scan. Oh! I cannot take credit for thinking of including the unshaded scan. Shading Zentangle requests that you share an unshaded picture along with the finished version, especially when asking for caring critique. I figured that as long as I was scanning it in anyway, I may as well share it here too. :) Then visitors here commented on liking to see the differences, so I’ve continued to share it here. I have to admit, I love seeing the difference shading makes as well but sometimes I get too rushed or stuck in the moment and forget or am too lazy choose not to stop and take the scan.

Well, without further adieu, here’s the unshaded version.

Stella ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used a standard number 2 pencil but then wanted some darker bits so I added in some 6B. It doesn’t seem to smooth out as well. I was trying to give the top layer some rolled effect but I don’t think I was very successful. Oh well, I’m still learning and growing. :)

Stella ~ Lifeofjoy.meI appreciate your comments and the time it takes to make them. You are most encouraging! Thank you!!!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!! I’ll post something next week. By then I will have gotten a new book on creating drawings that look like gems and an ebook on making tangles “glow” on black tiles, as Christmas presents, so we’ll see if I have time to play with what I learn before next week’s tile. :)

OH! If you’d like to add some gold to your art, check out Eni Oken’s new ebook. Looks like I have something else for my birthday list come May. Well, that and the supplies needed to play with it. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

PS. I’m not an affiliate, just love Eni’s books.

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