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Challenge 81 - zendala

This weeks diva challenge was......well.....challenging for me.

I have seen zendalas before and admired the work and control that goes into them - but, as control is a hard thing for me I think this will probably be my one and only. I need the backup of being able to create a scroll or something else if one of my lines goes skewiff - and believe me - many, many of my lines have a tendancy to do just that - it is as if my hand has a mind of its own, there I am with a plan, pen ready to go, and my hand will not co-operate. What is that?

So, the challenge. I LOVE flowers, and a lot of my drawings are of flowers, so I wanted to draw....yep, you guessed! It took an intense staring showdown between me and the zendala string for the daisies to give it up, but they eventually revealed themselves - the result is a pretty simple and easy pattern. The bonus was that I got to colour it with some of the new promarker colours that I got last week.

This probably could've done with a little shading at the base of the petals, but I wanted the petals to be very white, so left it.



  1. I hope this isn't the only Zendala you do! I love it--so sweet and fresh, really, really pretty! I love daisies and this is just so fun. Beautiful job!

  2. Delightful! I echo the comments above. Well done!

  3. Amazing! Simple! delicate! special! creative! Well done!

  4. Fantastic interpretation of the challenge and so skillfully rendered!

  5. So lovely! This is beautiful and carefree! I love it :)

  6. So creative! I love flowers also and your zendala is just wonderful. Your daisies are so bright and refreshing.

  7. This refreshingly beautiful; and your flowers are wonderful. I hope you will give zendalas more than one chance; they are so much fun.

  8. Thanks so much for the lovely comments!

  9. Now THIS is done by a very artistically creative mind! It's the most creative I've seen in this challenge. Very nicely done.

  10. Way to whip your template into submission. Beautiful and sweet. I so relate to your Zendala phobia but this is wonderful!


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