In Zentangle-speak, a common technique that you find used over and over again in various patterns is the “Aura”..
Those of you not familiar with Zentangle will be more familiar with this definition, one of the aura definitions pulled from Wikipedia: In parapsychology and many forms of spiritual practice, an aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object (like the halo or aureola in religious art)
If you’ve taken an intro class from a CZT, you’ll likely have learned that these are simply lines that outline the shape of a stroke or shape you’ve already drawn, but like a real aura, can radiate out and out and out.. and is one of the “Tangle Enhancers” you can use to embellish your work. This week’s Zentangle challenge issued over at iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com is indeed all about auras. And so many possibilities, so many patterns with auras…
In a class I taught this weekend, I introduced my students to the tangle “Indy-rella” by Molly Hollibaugh and the various ways you can play with it. In its essence, it simply starts with a dot, then followed by ‘smiles’ or parentheses that widen out bit by bit and then narrow again. Really, just widening auras… This is a pattern that begs for variations and is great on its own as a “monotangle”.
Here I connected the smiles to make it look more ‘worm-like’ on the upper right of the tile below. Another very similiar pattern is something I picked up on an Mr E’s art teacher blog, an exercise he uses with his students. It has some elements in common with Crescent Moon but is really fun in how the auras connect into the crevices and you vary the size and widths of the rounded auras out to make another kind of ‘wormy’ effect. Wonderful to play with, very relaxing to draw..