I picked the sweet poppy stencil - Butterfly Tree and I wanted to zentangle the background, not the tree. I started by drawing around the outline of all parts of the design (see picture one). I then started to draw random segments and pattern within it. i tried to keep a variety of patterns and different darks and lights. When I got to the edge of the page I drew in some twiddly scrolls to keep the edges soft and fluid.
It's not all that clear to see from the photo - but looks better when it's in front of you.
Lessons learnt from this one... darker patterns are needed to give a bolder definition to the design.. perhaps to leave some blocks un-patterned or filled in completely.. I will be continuing to experiment with this technique!
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