Zentangle Inktober Tangles Day 21 used the letter B to make frilly flowers.
Bs by Midori Furuhashi proved to be a challenge for me. It starts with a triangle and with its sides extended. Then you draw little Bs starting on the extended lines and then to fill in gaps. It seemed easy enough when I studied the step-out diagram, but when I put pen to paper, I couldn’t get it! I’m stubborn, though, so eventually, I figured out how to make flowers instead of lopsided blobs of Bs! The effort was worth it – these flowers remind me of the wild roses growing in my garden!
I love challenges like Inktober for a couple of reasons. First, I love learning a bunch of new patterns! I’m often so busy putting together lesson plans with my list of favorites, that I don’t make time to experiment with new patterns. Even if I did, the world of Zentangle patterns is huge! While I regularly use the many resources out there for patterns, it’s easy to overlook some because there are just so many! Inktober provides a curated list of patterns – some I know and many I don’t. Often, the patterns I use for a challenge end up in my own personal repertoire. Bs will most definitely be revisited!
The other reason I love challenges like Inktober is that they give me a chance to play with my art supplies. Like most artists, I have a cabinet full of supplies. Some of them get used regularly, but I really like the idea of, but just don’t have the time to experiment with them. This card was colored using my Arteza brush pens. I learned quite a bit when coloring this card, including how not to blend colors! I’m not unhappy with this card, but the colors didn’t go as I had hoped they would.
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The Challenge: Zentangle Inktober Tangles by 7F5R
7F5R (Seven Forests Five Rivers) host a Zentangle version of Inktober every year called Inktober Tangles. Check out their Facebook group to find more information and to see the amazing art created by Zentangle teachers and artists from around the world. Each day, we are given a Zentangle pattern and are asked to create something with it.