Zendala Dare #79 - A Zendala Thanks to Rick and Maria

Thanks to Rick and Maria
Mooka, Purk embellishments, Paradox, Betweed,
and Swirls in Ibex fashion

High Contrast Zendala
Flying Geese, Tipple, Umble, Pressed Wood,
and BTL Jooz, and Printemps
So this weeks challenge is to create a Zendala using the template #79 as a tribute to Rick and Maria to say thanks for their contribution.  I chose to use official tangles and mimic Maria's style. Her work is so inspirational and it's fun to really examine some of her wonderful tiles on the zentangle.com site. She and Rick have enhanced my life and certainly instilled or should I say relit the creative flame that can be dampened so easily once life and work gets in the way.

Meeting them and getting into the Zentangle process has enriched my life beyond measure. I can't thank them enough. I was able to attend the last CZT seminar in Whittinsville, MA because my sister's and my niece made that my gift in 2010. It was one of the best gifts and the most wonderful experience I've ever had!

I used Paradox, Betweed, Mooka, Purk embellishments, and swirls in the Ibex Maria fashion. I painted on black ink and them embellished the edges with Sakura white jelly roll. I love it. It turned out just the way I hoped and I had a blast doing it. Thanks to Maria, Rick, Erin, and of course Zentangle.

I did the second Zendala this weekend after seeing CZT, Sue Clark's tribute to the new Book of Zentangle cover for the Diva challenge. Her tile was inspired by Maria's fantastic cover design on the recently released Zentangle book. She did a fabulous job and made me want to try Umble again. I went for high contrast, and while my Umble beats to it's own drum (I tried) but the results pleased me. I feel more comfortable with this tangle, I will keep working on it. I really enjoy the sumptous little pods in the center. Fun to do!

I created the Zendala template using a plate and ruler to divide and create the pie shaped string design. It was a great exercise for my upcoming Zendala class this week!

Check out the other submissions for this challenge at The Bright Owl.


  1. These are two exceptionally beautiful zendalas. I particularly like the bold statement of the high contrast one and the patterns in both are great choices.

  2. These are both so awesome! I really like the bold colors & graphic quality to the second one, but your homage to Maria is exceptional! &... am I seeing things? Because there is TOTALLY a face is the top right oval filled with paradox - & it is sooooooooo cool!

  3. Beautifully done. I like the idea of the black ink. I will have to try that. I had to look up Umble. I don't think I have ever done that one. Must try! Yours is very nicely done.

  4. These are both very, very beautiful. I love to see your different approach to them.

  5. Both are great. I like the detail and shading in the first and the boldness of the second. I have not tried that technique yet. You did it well.


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