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Challenge #227 - Circus Life

Ever begun shading a project and you really wish you hadn't because it just goes on and on and on? Yep, me too! Many times. My challenge piece for this week was one of those times. I initially thought I'd go for colours to complement the circus theme, but decided on shading instead.....and what a job......all I can say is I'm glad it's over :)

So, this week's challenge was to use the tangles Cack and Tropicana then either Florz, Linq or Fescu.

As soon as I checked out the various tangles I knew what I wanted to do, but unfortunately the double connected Cack did not fit into it, so I cheated a bit and just used a single Cack inspired circle for the centre. Petals and surrounding bands are Tropicana and the outside curvy bits are Linq.


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  1. Ooh Wow, what a great work, your shading is unbelievable... I Love the way you create the patterns

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    1. Thanks Ulrike - I try to get them to fit my idea - sometimes it takes a bit of manipulating :)

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  2. Amazing tile. I love your work!

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  3. Oh my goodness Helen! You have done an awesome job yet again. How long did it take you to complete just the shading?

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    1. Thanks, Tracy :) I would estimate about 2-3 hours for the shading but I didn't take much notice to know accurately.

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  4. I love the way you use your shading to really make your work pop out!!

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  5. This is beautiful, and the shading is amazing.

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  6. I know how it goes with shading, it is always more work than you expect.
    But it is always worth doing it, it makes your drawing special.
    I am always surpriced how you draw the tangles just so different in your own style.
    Always so delicate and elegant........Love it !

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    1. Thank you, Mariet :) In the middle of shading a big project I often question why I started, but the end results are usually worth it :) h

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  7. Stunning. Looks like it could be on a piece of cabinetry.

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    1. I love how someone else's perspective makes me look at a piece differently, thanks Donald :)

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  8. Absolutely fantastic. I love your shading - you are the queen of shading! B-e-a-utiful!

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  9. This took my breath away. I am always amazed at your work, Helen. You definitely have a gift and I so enjoy seeing your work.

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  10. OMG...Helen! You are my Zentangle idle! I love, love, love your work. I am so honored you did my guest Diva Challenge this week. You have made my day!!!! Your work is so wonderful. I share it with my Zentangle students and I used one of your tangles (it looks like a DNA spiral) with my 5th grade color wheel assignment. One of the girls won a special award with her color wheel spiral. I am so glad you enjoyed the challenge.
    Lee Darter

    http://www.artroomblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/5th-grade-color-wheel.html

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    1. Hi Lee :) Thanks for the challenge - it was a fun one. Took me a while to get my head around which direction I would head in to make it work for me as I'm not used to combining random tangles - so it was definitely good to get me out of my comfort zone.

      How wonderful to hear that one of your students won an award for her colour wheel! Amazing :)

      Thanks, Helen

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  11. I love it! I have still not tried a mandala, but it's on my summer bucket list. I start back to school with my students on August 13th, so I better start cracking! Your shading was worth all the effort. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. When I started I was not thinking of a mandala at all - more of a flower design, but I think it lost the organic feel by the time I hit the linq row.....so, yep.....mandala :) lol.

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  12. Gorgeous! Did you use a mandala template or create it freehand?

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    1. Hi Karen, I used a compass to make the circles and then went from there :) My spacing gets a little sketchy in some areas :) Thank you!

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  13. What an outstanding Zendala! Fantastic composition! I love it.

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    1. It's amazing how it all comes together when you're using random patterns - I wasn't sure it would work but am happy with how it finished up :) Thank you!

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  14. It's absolutely gorgeous and the shading is incredible - definitely worth the effort. Axxx

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  15. This is stunning!!! And (as I see it) a bit different from your 'usual' work.

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    1. Thank you, Anne :) It is a bit different for me - good to get out of the comfort zone, though. Probably the closest would be the sunflower I did a while ago - lot of black, stripes, etc. http://www.alittlelime.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/just-begin.html

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  16. Beautiful and so creative piece :)

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  17. Helen, This is beautiful! I love the way you used Linq.

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  18. Ahh... Relaxing just to look at it.

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  19. Once you finished this beautiful piece did more inspirations come to you?
    Verne

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  20. Helen, you never cease to amaze me! I love this Zendala. Your shading is to die for. I sure wish I had your talent. I don't know why, but sometimes, I am afraid to try something different. I tend to use the same tangles a lot. I am trying to use at least one new (not tried by me yet) tangle for each Zentangle that I do. As always, you inspire me!
    Barb B, CZT
    www.tilestanglesandstrings.blogspot.com

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  21. A wonderful tile! The mandala string, the shading, the light spots, everything. I can imagine that it took quite some time but the beautiful result is worth every minute of it! Simply gorgeous!

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  22. It is such a pleasure to see my pattern used. Thank you for this gift at this time in my life. You are a Rock Star! This is Stunning!

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  23. Wow! I didn't participate in this challenge, but after seeing yours, I think I should try it afterall! Overall design is very striking and oh, so nice shading!!

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