The Zentangle Method is all about patterns. We call our patterns "tangles."
We teach simple ways to draw and enjoy these patterns, these tangles, by putting pen to paper in fun and easy ways.
There are also patterns all around us. But sometimes they are not as easy to see - perhaps because you don't look for a pattern; perhaps because you don't expect a pattern.
However, not all patterns are on a surface. Some patterns hide in history, some in behavior, some in seasons, some in ideas, some in the sky, and some even in other patterns.
In this puzzle, a pattern is in the pictures.
Bijou and Alfie conspired with Rick to place a pattern in plain sight in the pictures for our recent Twelve Days of Zentangle.
Can you find the pattern?
We will leave the blog comments hidden for about a week to give you a chance to comment. Bijou and Alfie tell me there will be two prizes awarded:
One, for first one who identifies the pattern (deconstructing it, so to speak), and
Two, for the one who most completely describes the elements in the pattern
We don't know what the prize will be . . . that's something Bijou and Alfie are still working on, but it should be pretty awesome because they are quite excited about this game.
[It's been a week and we've finished our puzzle guesses. Please go to the end of this blog to see all the comments of those who identified the pattern.
Please note that the comments are in reverse time order, the most recent is first.
If your name is one of the prize winners, please email your snail mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Here are all the pictures.
Be sure to post your ideas in the comments below. Remember - all comments will be kept hidden for about a week to give you a chance to comment.
Have fun with all this!
Thank you all for playing along with this puzzle. Below are all the responses from commenters who identified and described the pattern I put in the series of photos.
Many people found other patterns of which I was not aware. This happens more and more in our lives and perhaps also in yours. Or perhaps more accurately, each of us is becoming aware of synchronicities that have been there all along. Just like when someone first learns the Zentangle Method, “I see patterns!” is the familiar refrain. The patterns were always there. But now you are aware of them as patterns.
Initially, we planned two prizes, one for the first to identify the pattern and one for the most complete description of the pattern elements. We have since added a few more categories such as a random drawing and a few special mentions.
- First to find the pattern - Mary Margaret Yahnke
(who also identified many of the pattern elements)
- Most complete description of the pattern elements (The only ones to notice the number of bead board lines on Day 10):
- Debbie Rabb
- Margaret Bremner
- For suggesting we also do a drawing for names - Susie Brosonski
Thank you, Susie!
- Words of the pattern to sing along with the 12 Days of Christmas - Susan Cirigliano:
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve Tumbling Santas
Eleven Pen Nibs Resting
Ten Clock Hands Striking
Nine Books for Reading
Eight Lenses Looking
Seven Objects Reflecting
Six Tortillions a Dancing ( in tiny deft clogs)
Five Elves Caroling
Four Carved Santas
Three Matryoshka Ladies
Two Tobasco Minis
And a Serpent in a Glass Tube!
- Individual who found the most things that I didn’t consciously put in the picture - Cori A Levinson (and Margaret Bremner again, but she already got a prize!)
- Three randomly chosen names:
- Lucinda Mathews
- Liz Gatehouse
- Susie Brosonski
Thank you again to all who participated. Please enjoy reading the comments. Feel free to continue to comment.
My idea behind this game was to create an example of what you might discover as you open your awareness to the possibility of finding patterns where you might not expect them. Recently I’ve become fascinated in seeing patterns repeat throughout history and discovering that there is more going on that I ever was taught.
The Zentangle Method can be a tool to enable your individual creativity and unique imaginative perspective to contribute to creation in a manner that no one else has, can, or ever will.
For the record, the items that I consciously put in the photos were:
- Tabasco jars
- Nesting dolls
- Carved Santas
- Carolers (the other three are in the band)
- Shoes, 6 tortillions, 6 large containers, 6 small containers, 6-sided ornament
- Tumbling Santas, “7” facet highlighted
- Magnifying glasses
- 10 o’clock, 10 bead board grooves
- Tumbling Santas