This week’s Zentangle Diva’s challenge was to use Dreamcatcher, a tangle by Certified Zentangle Teacher Daniel Lemothe (yay Daniel). Daniel developed Dreamcatcher by deconstructing the pattern used in Native American dreamcatchers.
Dreamcatchers were originally used by the Ojibwe (Chippewa) peoples who live mostly in eastern Canada and some northern mid-West states in the United States. They are stylized spider “webs” which are hung over the cradle boards of babies to catch bad dreams so they will not enter the children’s minds. They have now been adopted more broadly by Native American peoples. I purchased one during a visit to New Mexico and it hangs on my head board where it catches my bad dreams—or some of them, anyway.
Initially, I felt a little intimidated by Dreamcatcher, but although it takes some focus, it is actually somewhat forgiving and lends itself to many different tangleations. The first one I did is on the left. I did it on an official 3.5″ x 3.5″ Zentange tile. Then, last night while becoming increasingly upset watching TV coverage about the impending United States presidential election, I did the one on the right in a sketch book. (Hmm, it might be a good idea to market Dreamcatchers to help Americans get through this election season.) The one on the left was done completely freehand and I used my tangle, Phirst, as the border. In the second tile, I used my new toy, a compass-protractor to draw the initial eight lines forming the center of the composition.
Speaking of my new compass-protractor, it also helped me produce this zendala (mandala):
Shana Tova U’metukah (שָׁנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה)
Best wishes for a good and sweet year.
If you’re a Zentangle person, what was your experience using Dreamcatcher? For everybody, do you have a dreamcatcher? Does it work?
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