Friday, June 17, 2016

Organic gardening, Maryhill style!

Tangles: Maryhill and Leaflet variation
Now this gardening is for me! I hope you give it a try too!
My inspiration was this Doily stencil by KaiserCraft. See those overlapping Crescent Moons on the outer edge? And the triangular shapes they make when overlapping? Triangles equate to Maryhill for me. I just knew Maryhill could be organically transformed into a mandala, or considering this is a Zentangle pattern, a Zendala!
Here are the basic steps:
I started with a Zenstone or gem and its bezel. All that means is an orb and aura that shape. I think you could also try lots of different shapes besides a circle though too.
Then add the Crescent Moon shapes back to back around the outer orb. Don't stress out over making them the exact same size. It doesn't matter how many moons (or petals) you have, just try not to go small as you will be splitting them and filling them in.
Then, divide your crescent shapes by starting another crescent at the midpoint. Continue around bisecting each Crescent moon shape.
Here's a closer look at what's going on there.
Now fill in each section with Maryhill.
Initially I filled in all the sections, but a nice variation is to leave the outer edge empty (see the blue beauty below).
Continue growing your mandala by adding more Crescents and dividing them with more Crescents.
You can shade as you normally would Maryhill, or try color where you normally add graphite, or....just play with it until you have what you like!
I hope you enjoy!


  1. Lovely. Thank you for showing your steps.

  2. Lovely tiles! It's great that you showed your steps. I enjoy Maryhill too. :)

  3. Thank you for sharing your organic Marshall garden steps. The completed zendala is amazing!