Saturday, 8 December 2012

Star Auraknots & Keenees

The "Seasonal" theme for the Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group's December Challenge can be interpreted in many ways but for this tile I wanted to make the Christmas star my focus. I had briefly experimented with how Auraknot looks when varying the number of points to skip when joining the edges for the first 'aura' sequence of the pattern & decided to skip two for my tile. I used one of Wendy Stenton's Tempting Templates for drawing the star shape.

tangles: Auraknot, Beadlines, Florz 

I have some Pinflair Stepper shapes which includes a star in various sizes. The smallest star fits comfortably onto a Zentangle tile three times so I thought I'd draw out the variations of the Auraknot pattern when skipping one, two & three points (skipping four points doesn't work terribly well on a five  pointed star).

tangles: Auraknot, Keenees

Although I'd not set out to join in Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge I found the little circular tangle pattern Keenees (by Donna Hornsby) she'd set seemed to want to fit into the indented points of my stars. A garland of Keenees baubles evolved as well so not only do I have another Seasonal tile for the  Chocolate Baroque theme, but I can enter Laura's Challenge too.

Challenges Entered
Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group Challenge 9 - Theme: Seasonal (both tiles)
I am the diva Weekly Challenge 98 - UMT v. XI: Keenees (second tile)

18 comments:

Aquarius said...

These are both amazing in their detail and I would find it difficult to choose between the two as they are both so apt for the theme. Very interesting to see the variations in the aura knot with different 'skips' - thanks so much for sharing. the keenees works so well as a string of baubles too and the repeating aura around them ties in with the central design too.

Elaine said...

Great stars Paula, perfect seasonal theme. The shading is perfect and I love the keenees, they make me think of Christmas bells! Elaine x

GinaA said...

Very interesting variations on the Auraknot, they are beautiful 3d patterns and the Florz and beadline on your first tile give it even more movement. Keenees complements it so well and it definitely suits the theme. Fab tiles.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both Zentangle designs are stunning Paula. I especially like the 2nd one. Amazing work ! Have a great weekend, Shirley

jackiescrafts said...

Great star tangles Paula theses are both amazing but I especially love the top one

Jackie x

Helen said...

Lovely, Paula :) Your auraknot stars look wonderful.

Sally H said...

These are amazing, Paula! I love them

Anne's tangle blog said...

Great Auraknot stars! They go well together with Keenees.

Cathy A said...

You are a tangle queen, you have mastered this technique so beautifully!

alexandra s.m. said...

Very impressive Paula!
The design, the shading...it's breathtaking really!
TFS~

Elizabeth Allan said...

Paula these drawings put me into a trance. I keep looking at the shading and movement each of these intricate shapes hold. You are the queen of tangling!

ledenzer said...

Love the stars....really am attracted to the second tile with the keenees!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Amazing, Paula! I love the way they look like woven basket stars. Blessings!

xxxtglxxx said...

Well I really felt like I was looking down intoo those woven stars - such brilliant layering and shading :)

hugs

xxalisonxx

Annie said...

oh my Paula! so stunning and intricate - fabulous work. Mind you, not something to be doing if you have a headache .. ..!
hugs, annie x

isisimaginings.com said...

Incredible! You are so good at Zentangling.

Alice said...

paula - i love the star where you skipped 3 points - it's beautiful! (all of them are, but i particularly love this one!)

happy new year! have you looked into the CZT trainings this coming year yet? i can't make any promises until i see how badly how president screws up our taxes with this whole fiscal cliff mess we have going on, but i hope i can still get to one if you come :)

Dawn said...

Happy New Year Paula!! I'm intrigued by the Chocolate Baroque Zentangle group--pending approval...more zentangle fun! Yay! I hope you have a wonderful, healthy, happy, artful, and peace filled new year and I look forward to seeing more of your work! =0)