One of the charms of the new 3Z tiles - or in my case a pencilled outline of one - is that they are small - and you can complete one a fair bit quicker and still have something beautiful to show for it. A great thing when tangle time is limited.
|(from left to right) Day #6 - Molygon / Day #5 - Tipple / Day #4 - Marasu|
Although the 'rules' allow us to use any tangle from the previous days I started by just doing monotangles, and so I had to stick with that, despite it being quite a challenge when some of the more simple or stark tangles appeared. But the challenge has been worth it - I've never done so many monotangles, and it's made me realise that they bring a new aspect of invention to the art.
|(from left to right) Day #7 - Knightsbridge / Day #8 - Pokeleaf / Day #9 - Auraknot|
Towards the end of the countdown Zentangle headquarters released two new tangles - they seem at least vaguely related to each other, and work well on festive looking tiles, but have huge potential for year round beauty too. It's rare that I shared a piece using a new tangle until I've worked with it a lot and have got to feel I 'know' it. But needs must!
|(from left to right) Day #10 - Drawings / Day #11 - Icanthis / Day #12 - Crazy Huggins|
Of course one of the downsides of the monotangle approach is that I've been lusting after all those lovely tiles others have made with lots of the different Christmas tangles on them. But still - this clean and simple approach suited me this year. And there's always more tiles, more ink, more tangles...