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Challenge #90 - string theory - morning glories & genes

Another week, another challenge - this week it was string theory.

I often start my drawings with a couple of loose, directional lines to give me a framework to work from, so I loved that we were using a string this week - particularly one that had such a lovely curving flow. My favourite type.

The first drawing features mooka & morning glories, two things I LOVE drawing, and together I think they are perfect. This one is really quite similar to a picture I posted a while back, (you can see it here - also has the steps for the morning glories). So, though I've used this combination before, and had no intention of repeating it, my brain was chanting do it, do it, doitdoitdoitdoit - and I have learnt that resistance is futile. If I don't go with it, I am usually unhappy with the end result. It's like I need to get it out of my system before I can move on to another idea.

I kept this one a bit simpler by just colouring the flowers.

My second attempt reminds me of one side of a double helix. I call him "gene". I love doing stuff which lets me play with lots of patterns, yet still has a minimalist look.



  1. Both absolutely gorgeous and in so different styles.

  2. Great job. Really like both of them. The morning glory/mooka tile has such a nice flow to it. Looks like something would see on the front of a card. The second just looks neat. Like how you get such great results with minimal cover.

  3. Both of these are just beautiful...I love the fresh, uncluttered look of your work. May I ask what medium you are using in your art? It looks different than the pens most use.

    1. Hi Jay,

      Thanks! I use a few different pens, but pretty standard selection of Micron, Zig, Copic, Unipin - depends what is in my drawer in the right size - pretty sure for this I used Microns (005, 01, 05-for colouring in the black circles). I do use promarkers most of the time to add shading/colouring rather than greylead pencil - the colours blend really well and, additionally, have a blender pen which I use to mix colours and create some cool watercolour effects which I LOVE. On the "gene" drawing, the combination of my lightest grey marker being almost completely dry and having to rub hard with it and the blender has mottled the paper a bit on the two large LHS circles, not intentional, but I love the mottled grey effect so I may have to hold onto the dry marker once I get a replacement!

  4. The mooka (?) in your morning glories made me think of honeysuckle flowers.
    I love your work.
    Julia (San Antonio de Areco - Argentina)

    1. Hi Julia,

      Thankyou! Yes, it's mooka - probably my favourite tangle (well, for today, anyway :) I love it!

  5. Both of your drawings are great. And looking at al your work I can understand that this string was realy your thing. The one with the flowers and colors is my favorite. In this drawing I can see or even feel how much you like to draw this patterns. And I think thats great about your work, it is so expressive.

  6. With a swish and a swirl you have spun magic Helen!!

  7. Your first tile is a soft, lovely and graceful design, I really like it.
    I like the second one too, very geometric.

  8. Your tangling is so fabulous! I love both tiles! Amazing what you can do with a string!

  9. I love how you see things and then share it with us as art - inspiring.

  10. I love that you have brought such an elegant minimalist look to Zentangle. Very refreshing!

  11. What fantastic interpretations of this challenge. You inspire me to be more creative!

  12. These are absolutely gorgeous. They look so fragile. I really want to try this sometime.

  13. i love them both, helen. so light and elegant on the first, and the second detailed yet not cluttered. beautiful!


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