Aurabead emerged because I needed a background tangle to use with my response to the Zentangle Diva’s Knightstar challenge. I started with some “beads” and hoped something would flow from that. One thing I took away from my Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) training was, “When in doubt, aura.” When I finished with the auras, some additional beads, and shading, I quite liked the result and used it in a Zentangle Diva weekly challenge tile.
I asked if anyone recognized it as an already published tangle and no one raised their virtual hand. Given the ever-increasing number of “published” tangles, I realize that is by no means dispositive, but at least one commenter asked if I had a name for my “new” tangle yet. That was all the encouragement I needed, so, Aurabead was born. Daniel Lemothe, possibly the world’s youngest CZT and the deconstructor of Knightstar had this to say about it:
the tangle surrounding Knightstar looks like a funkified, sparkly Diva Dance – love! ^_^
Aurabead is very forgiving, I started with 4 beads in my step out example, but start with was many as you need for your particular space. However, make sure there is enough room between them to be able to aura at least a few times. There is also no set number of auras you need to do. In fact, varying the number for each bead will make the pattern more interesting. Here are the step outs:
And here it is used in two other tiles:
For those of you who have mastered Gems, I think you could upscale Aurabead by replacing the beads with Gems.