A little aura here, some rounding there… nifty little additions that can add some oomph to a Zentangle tile. Beckah Krahula has us adding both to the tile we made for day eleven in One Zentangle A Day. On my tile, I rounded the insides of the corners of the tripoli pattern and where the fronds interweave in the betweed pattern. I added an aura around flux, a couple of repetitive auras around some of the tripoli (they look like static), and even filled one of the auras with a single row of knightsbridge.
I don’t think they affect overall tonal values (as Beckah asserts) as much as they add a little elegance, or smooth, or define edges. But we all see something different when we finish a tile and hold it at arm’s length.
I took a detour from using only those tangles introduced in the book so far. Sometimes I like the limitation, but for day eleven, I felt like exploring some new territory. The patterns on this tile are khirkee, camelia, flukes, tripoli, flux, betweed, and knightsbridge. Oh, and a little tipple around the flux.
I’m still lumbering along, some days behind the rest of the virtual book club group, but enjoying every minute. If you have a little time, take a look at the other interpretations, here, and here, and read what people say. There is a wonderful variety, and even more wonderful, such a joy apparent in each expression.