Saturday, 21 June 2014

Mooka and Auraknot - nothing zen about them!

This week the Diva challenge (button right) was anything but zen for me. The challenge was to use only Mooka and Auraknot. Now I love both these tangles, but they bring out my unzen side. To start with, I can't cope with Mooka being open ended at the bottom - I don't know why but I need the 'stems' to meet so that they look properly finished. I decided to give myself a break and allow them to join at the bottom, figuring that Maria and Rick wouldn't want me to stress out over it.

Then I discovered that, for me, Auraknot is a geometric design and I wanted it to be all even and everything. The whole 'there are no mistakes in zentangle' just didn't happen. I wanted it perfect!! I did Auraknot over and over again and it was NEVER PERFECT ENOUGH!!

By now, I knew I'd lost the plot, so I sat down and produced the piece below, vowing that it would be good enough. I am quite pleased with it but if you look closely you can see lots of dots and marks I used to try to get the proportions right which I tried to disguise with a lot of lines but we all know they're still there. Very un-zentangle.

Seriously hoping next week's challenge won't trigger the geometric fiend in me.

After that I decided to satisfy the geometric fiend, and I used to produce a mandala loosely based on Auraknot. This made me feel much better.

Finally, I didn't have time for last week's challenge - beads of courage - but I did it this week so here it is.

Laura Harms (of I am the Diva) supports the Beads of Courage programme in the US, but I've discovered that it also runs in the UK and the link is here. It's for children who are undergoing extended medical treatments. Each time them have to have another procedure (e.g. an injection, operation, etc) they receive a bead. It sounds very simple and you don't realise its impact until you see the great strings of beads some children have accumulated when it really brings home the amount of procedures they have had to endure. It's tangible proof of the courage and patience they have had to show. I think its a brilliant idea and wanted to post a link to it just to raise awareness. 

1 comment:

  1. I like your tile a lot, great idea to do all this striping, it's like a star now. The zendala is beautiful too and so is the tile with the beads.