I love the creative nature of Zentangle. Once a person is literate in the basics and has a few tangles that Rick and Maria call “comfort ‘ or “mac and cheese tangles” then let the tanglelations begin.
For the last 5 years I have taught zentangle, I end each beginner class by teaching the basic tangle Nzeppel. Then I show my students two tangelations. One I learnt from Rick and Maria at the training in Providence, a pool ball running around on your space draws the reticula. The other I began to do because I love spirals. Even before learning zentangle I was drawn to all things spiral. Did you know that the stem of a dandelion, when put in water turns into a spiral? Try it. It is beautiful.
Spirals are one of the magical patterns of nature. Spiral shape in nature
Here is the latest tile from the beginner class on Saturday. I have many of these from my classes and each time I draw it, it is familiar, satisfying and calming for me.
The Reticula is,the basic matrix, the random, pool ball running around on your tile, and finally a spiral reticula. they all register as Nzeppel but look distinctly different. Tangelations!
When I feel like going in circles, I love to draw my spiral Nzeppel tangelation.
Much to my pleasure a new tangle came out that I have grown to love and I am sure it is because of the spiral nature and it resonates to my Nzepple tangleation.