I was so happy last month to see that Erin has posted a new Zendala Dare! I really love the templates she comes up with, although I have to be in a particular mood to do a full Zendala (as opposed to a Zentangle tile, which I’m pretty much always in the mood for 🙂 ).
I have two very different takes on this template. The first is using a medium that I’ve been experimenting with recently: Shrinky-Dink plastic.
For those who don’t know, Shrinky-Dink or shrink film is a kind plastic that shrinks to about a third of its original size when heated. It takes lots of types of color well, including colored pencils, permanent markers, and paint. I’ve recently been drawing Zendalas on it, then shrinking them to create pendants. It’s a lot of fun, and you end up with tiny, intricate designs that look like they must have been drawn with a microscope.
This is what it looked like before I shrank it:
And here’s the shrunk version inside the cut-out, to show how much it shrinks:
And finally, here’s a picture of me holding the finished product:
However, I also did a black Zendala, using my new Zendala tiles and Zenstone (I love my new Zenstone, in case you couldn’t tell). I also tried using tangles that start with the letters in Happy: Henna Drum, Aquafleur, Phicops, Purke… And then I ran out of space, so Y had to be abandoned. But I like the way it came out: