Author Archives: Lynn Mead

Dorian’s Star

Dorian’s Star

This year I’ve been participating in the 12 days of Zentangle, a series of projects presented by Rick, Maria, Molly and Martha from Zentangle HQ. They have thoughtfully provided a project pack with all the supplies needed to follow along with the YouTube videos they have posted. Project Pack 02 can be purchased from their web site, however, you can also choose to use what supplies you have on hand, which is what I decided to do. The day 7 project makes use of a pre-strung Zendala so off I went in search of my pre-strung Zendalas. Well I couldn’t find them anywhere but I did run across a pattern I had printed for a 3D star that was posted last year by Dorian Eng, CZT. I could see that it could easily be substituted for the Zendala used in the day 7 project. Well the resulting 3D star has received a lot of attention and many people have asked for the instructions for making it, thus this post.

Dorian has graciously given permission to duplicate her pattern and provide it to you. I’ve created a PDF with two sizes that you can download from this link DorianEng-3D-Star. (Note: it will open in your browser and you can save or print from there.) They are designed to be printed on 8.5 x 11 paper. I recommend a heavier weight paper, at least 60 or 70 pound, but not too heavy or it will be hard to fold.

UPDATE: Apparently this PDF is not displaying or printing correctly in some browsers (Firefox). A temporary fix for this issue is to view the file from another browser or download the file and view and print it that way. I’m pretty sure I can fix the file but will not be able to fix it till after Christmas.

UPDATE: The PDF has been fixed so that you can now view it using the FireFox browser.

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So here are the steps to create these stars:

  • Print the size star you want on a heavier weight paper and then cut it out along the solid lines. Don’t forget to cut the 5 outer diamond shapes in half along the central line.

  • I found that it is much easier to fold the star shape if you score all the lines. To do this you will need some kind of scoring tool. Here are a couple of examples:

Anything with a fairly narrow blunt point will work.

  • Using a straight edge I scored along all the printed lines.

  • Next I folded back and forth along each scored line in both directions, with the exception of the small central star.

  • For the small central star flip the paper so that the printed lines are to the back. Then carefully fold along the scored lines that outline the small star so that they are a mountain fold.

  • I drew my tangles on the unprinted side. You can see the basic shapes where the tangles go as defined by the folds. I drew over the folds to further define the sections.

  • I further broke down the larger sections into three smaller ones.

  • This is the point where I added my tangles. You can use any tangle you want to fill in the star. I followed the instructions from the day 7 video to add my tangles. Here is a link to the video. If you haven’t seen it I encourage you to watch it, you might recognize the interweaving of auras as the same technique used in my tangle Fassettoo.

I used two colors of blue micron and gold Gellyroll.

  • To make the star 3D fold as indicated on the printed template. You can finish the star in two ways.

Fold the outside sections back under each arm of the star and glue.

Or overlap the outside sections and glue to form a pentagon shape.

  • Here’s my final star. I chose the second option. I like the way the gold accented the large star shape and complemented the small inner star.

Hope you all have fun with this and thanks again to Dorian for sharing.

Blessings and Happy Holidays,

Lynn

TransluZENce

TransluZENce

I’ve been wanting to share the technique of TransluZENce and this week’s Square One Purely Zentangle focus, Membranart by Tomas Padros (step-outs found here), has given me the chance to do so. TransluZENce is a cousin to TranZENding, a technique recently introduced in a Kitchen Table Tangles (KTT) video by Rick and Maria on the… Continue Reading

haKrall and Friends – Building Bridges

haKrall and Friends – Building Bridges

I recently created this tile for the Square One Purely Zentangle Facebook page. The focus tangle was haKrall (deconstructed by Holly Atwater, stepouts here) and I paired it with Stoic (Zentangle®, AKA Twile, stepouts here) and B’Twined (deconstructed by Pegi Schargel, stepouts here). This tile was a real meditation for me and it turned out… Continue Reading

Showgirl and a new Tangle – Fluxecho

Showgirl and a new Tangle – Fluxecho

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog. First I was getting ready to teach a class at Tangle U (a continuing education conference for CZTs) and then on the way back from that I caught that horrible cold that was going around and was out of it for around 6 weeks. Since… Continue Reading

Man-O-Man to Celtic Knots

Man-O-Man to Celtic Knots

There has been a lot of interest recently in drawing Celtic Knots and there are lots of techniques for drawing them. In my opinion, most do not really follow the Zentangle® drawing method, they involve too many steps or are just too complicated. Here is a simple three step method I’ve come up with that… Continue Reading

Reticula and Fragments

Reticula and Fragments

Reticula and Fragments were introduced by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas (founders of Zentangle) in their book Zentangle Primer Volume 1. Reticula are simply frameworks in which to place pattern fragments. Fragments are little chunks of patterns that when rotated or mirrored and placed together in a reticulum (framework) create a larger pattern. Think ceramic… Continue Reading

Icanthis – Square One Focus

Icanthis – Square One Focus

January 4, 2017 The Square One (TM) focus tangle for this week is one that was released by Zentangle HQ in December 2016, called Icanthis. The stepouts can be found here. Icanthis was inspired by the Acanthus Leaf motif found in art and architecture from the time of the Greeks in the 5th century forward.… Continue Reading

Stella – Square One Focus

Stella – Square One Focus

This week’s Square One (TM) Purely Zentangle focus tangle is Stella by Jana Pharmer (formerly Jana Roberts). Stepouts for Stella can be found here. I started out this week drawing Stella in my sketchbook. Here is my first attempt. Stella is a fairly straight forward tangle that uses the elemental C stroke. It’s the same… Continue Reading