Friday, September 4, 2015

WooHoo! Maryhill as a challenge!

Maryhill Zendala
Wow! Maryhill as a monotangle was Joey's Weekly Tangle Challenge #76. I'm sorry to say I haven't participated before, but how could I not this week? So, OK, I might have "zenned out".
I started with a Zendala and got my compass and drew a bunch of circles, (too dark, I might add) no measuring. Next I connected a bunch of points. Yup I got carried away with the string. I ended up overworking the paper as I erased (the first step is admitting it) all the unused strings. Then I added some more!  Maryhill fits so nicely in any triangular shaped area!
Before shading and thickening some lines
I also wanted to participate in The Diva's Challenge #233 even tho I posted Zenith last week. (Check them out here.) So I drew another Zenith strictly as a border for a page I wanted to laminate for my bullet journal. I thought some color would be nice and I used my Copic markers. The colors are included in the photos in case you are interested In the color palette. As Copics bleed through most watercolor paper, I barely put down any color and I only blended the lightest colors, the yellows. They played together very nicely and I will be using that color combination again.
I used the middle 4 colors on the border and the darker when airbrushing below

Since I was liking that color palette, I thought I'd try another Maryhill using the Copics. I chose a Cheery Lynn die and used the cut out as a stencil, airbrushed Copics over it onto watercolor paper. (No bleed through with the airbrush). I die cut it into a circle a little larger than a standard Zendala. (I get a lot of use out of my nesting circle dies by Spellbinders.) I tangled with a Sakura pigma micron in black and shaded with pencil as usual. I also added white with a Sakura Gelly roll for hilites. I liked it but immediately wondered what it would look like with ink other than black.....
So I made another one and tangled with orange, red and green microns. I shaded with Faber Castell Polychromos, pencil and white Gelly roll.
After airbrushing with stencil and before tangling
I had fun as usual, just playing around trying things out. I really enjoy seeing lots of people trying Maryhill and I hope you all enjoy it too!
Have a great week!


  1. Wowza! Seriously...I'm speechless. Hope to see you participating in more dares. I can't wait to see what you do next.

  2. Gosh, these are amazingly good. I love the colour choices on the marydalas! I loved learning your pattern and have since used it several times in other projects. I know it is going to be a regular of mind.

  3. I love your Maryhill. It looks so different on a Zendala. Beautiful! Your Zenith border is absolutely gorgeous. I love how you manage the corners - something I have trouble with - and why I avoid that. The color scheme is perfection. I love it!

  4. When I first saw your zendala, I said, "Where's the Maryhill?" Brilliant work, Betsy! Thank you for opening my eyes to the multitude of Maryhills in the world of zentangle. I love the white space, too.

  5. Gorgeous work Betsy! Thanks for visiting my blog, for it led me here. Your Maryhill zendala is's so outside-the-box and the Zenith border is an inspiration.

  6. Lots of great work. I did a second Zenith ZIA where I used it as a border on a matte frame. Like your color combos.

  7. Wow you are the Master of Maryhill! Thanks so much for participating in my/your challenge! It's quite an honour to have the creator come to your blog and play!
    Hope you'll stop by again soon!
    ~ joey ~

  8. Oh my god. Gorgeous. All of it.