We gathered at the Oakhurst Retreat and Conference Center in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, in the home town of Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, creators of Zentangle.
I'm thrilled to have been able to participate in Zentangle's 4th Teacher Training Seminar and look forward to sharing this amazing art form with others.
While wandering the grounds of Oakhurst, I came across this lone sprig of beautiful autumn flowers and thought that I may be able to recreate the spiral pattern of its petals.
With a few steps of simple, repetitive strokes, this makes a fine memory of my time there. (Note: this is not an official Zentangle, rather it's my own attempt at recreating this natural pattern.)
I began with a simple circle . . .
added a curved line to each side . . .
This shape is so much more interesting after filling in an aura . . .
A solid dot in the center and a little pencil shading at each level adds nice dimension . . .
Here's another very different looking version where I attached an early curved line to a curved line below it instead of next to it . . .
I love that you can't go wrong . . . simple, deliberate, repetitive strokes, will always amount to something special.
This pic of a key fob shows how my spiral pattern looks mixed with some official Zentangles. Cool, huh?!?
I'm honored that Maria and Rick stood with me for this photo after I received my certificate of completion. I hope to present their Zentangles with the same love, care and pride that they put into creating them.
You can find out more about Zentangle, Maria and Rick here and here.