I often create this pattern as a curved stem with branches filling a tile. For this piece, I thought it would be fun to explore Verdigogh as a border. I drew the rectangular "stem" and built my needles in different directions. I added a few on each side and turned my tile repeatedly to allow the needles to cross sides in various places.
I thought the piece was complete after adding the little berries and almost stopped there. I couldn't decide how I wanted to shade the piece since it was already fairly busy, but I just kept picturing tiny orbs in the center. I created an inner aura around the needles and immediately thought I took it one step too far. Before I had a chance to second guess myself or to let the outcome dictate my artistic process, I filled the center with orbs. I had been so relaxed creating all of my fine needles that I didn't want to stop tangling. I didn't want this journey to end.
Sometimes the very simple repetition of one basic shape can be entirely relaxing. I write about this often, and it certainly applies to the whole of the Zentangle® method. It's true that tangle patterns repeat and can create a relaxing experience while creating them, but I find that some patterns are more relaxing to create than others. When a pattern has fewer steps, as in the case of these tiny orbs, they can be especially calming to create.
I thoroughly enjoyed filling all of the small negative spaces with mini auras and circles. I added a little shading at the end and am quite pleased with the result.
This tile was a perfect example of how this process should go. Sometimes I get caught up in my head even though I know I should trust the process. I've been feeling stressed lately, and I really needed to rediscover my sense of relaxed focus. I sat down with this tile tonight, tangled, and didn't look up from my tile until it was complete. I needed that!
A couple of my Verdigogh examples are in the fantastic new book, Pattern Play: A Zentangle® Creativity Booster by Cris Letourneau, CZT and Sonya Yencer, CZT. Here are some of the ways I like to play with this pattern: