Sunday, November 27, 2016

Freeform Maryhill

One step at a time.

You may have noticed, I've been away from the blog for a few weeks.  Sometimes things happen that shake your belief in humanity.  Those are times to stop and breathe, reassess, gather those important around you and make sure you're on a correct path before taking another step.  If you need to alter course, there's no time like the present.  When you're sure the path you're on is right for you, continue with one step at a time.  Since Zentangle® is such an inclusive community, I know there are a few of you who may be reading this that don't understand my grief over an election, and those that believe I am totally wrong.   To those people,  I can only say that I sincerely hope that I am wrong about our president elect and you are right.  

Maryhill, the way it gathers itself before striking out again, is quite appropriate for me.  Deliberate lines in more than one sense.  

This is an extremely long post with the multiple photos along the way so you can see how basic this is, it's just continuing one step after another that produces such a beautiful result.  If you enjoy this freeform Maryhill, check back in the next few days for more examples.  

Start with a line.  I suggest one with several abrupt turns and maybe a nice curve or two.  I used a tile with a watermark because I just knew this tile could be special.

Fill in a section with Maryhill.  You can begin anywhere, but until you get the hang of it, start your aura next to an end point or one of the corners.   Be sure to continue the aura around at least one corner before coming to a point with your line (I see this as coming to center.) Although I have my tile in the same position for each photo, I was continuously turning my tile as I was drawing.  I tend to pick up my pen at every turn and rotate my tile to a comfortable position before continuing each line.  Check here if you want a basic Maryhill refresher.

Your lines can rest on an existing line (above) or hang out in the open (below).
As you can see, the lines don't have to be perfect.
Here (below) I just extended one of those lines that was "hanging out"...
...and then filled that in.
When you're getting the hang of it, you might try to draw a line behind in Hollibaugh fashion.
Look at the dimension happening already.
Below, my lines that were hanging out weren't even, so I took advantage of that by adding another line that swerved as well...
...And just kept going.
If you end up with a gap here and there, don't worry, you can deal with it later.
You can always add another line with corners and curves. (Notice the left side takes off of an existing curved line, so you can always use your take off and land -Cadent skills.  It also is drawn behind an existing section--like Hollibaugh.)
Below, I have both ends coming to a point.  Not really intentional, just kinda forgot what I was doing for a moment, but that's ok.

Notice below that I extended that curved line.
I know, hard to tell in some of these what's different.  Thats because our steps seem redundant, we've been here before, but you JUST KEEP GOING.
Here, I've decided to add some contrast and try to tie some areas together as well as have your eye travel all over.  Some depth and highlights.

If there are areas you're not entirely happy with, give them a little more attention.

And, possibly most important, take the time to consider different shades of gray.


  1. You are not the only one who feels totally shattered over the election results........shattered and cast adrift.

  2. Love it! Love it! Love it! So glad you're back...........forward one step at a time. Deana

  3. Betsy- as I sit here in Oahu, the first few photos remind me of ocean waves. Love the way it progresses. Beautiful, all along the way. Going forward, one step at a time. Focus on what we can control & work to make things better for all. Terry