Zendala and struggles

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”~Abraham Lincoln, American president

I’ve had this Zendala almost-completed for days. I finally made the time to finish. Why the delay? I wanted a dark background but not necessarily black. ‘Nzeppel seemed the perfect choice.

The challenge this week was to create a Zendala in honor of a cancer patient. My dad had cancer, but I don’t define him as that. I couldn’t think of any one individual so I thought of THON and the Four Diamonds families.

With no particular purpose in mind, I tangled. I can read a lot out of it, but only because I’m looking. I didn’t plan.

Squid in the center is one tangle I love to play with. It’s so fluid, organic, and that’s what cancer is. Please don’t ever look at that tangle as evil because of this. It represents the alive of cancer here.


The tangles in the middle were done in color because my husband likes me to use color and there is hope within cancer. Crescent Moon often reminds me of suns, just as there is always another day to fight, another tomorrow to look forward to. Paradox because cancer happens often to people who don’t deserve it. Why can a lifetime smoker escape that death sentence and a second-hand friend suffer the ravages of the disease?

Betweed shows the protective support network that a cancer patient has, al well as representing steps the patient must take to conquer. Pokeleaf represents new and hopeful growth. The beautiful outside.

I can’t think of what Spingkle could represent; I used it because I didn’t want to stay within the confines of the template design. That’s also why I left white space. A Zendala does not need to be stuffed full of tangles. It can breathe. That leads back to ‘Nzepple, something dark to outline the completed Zendala. I’ll let you interpret those yourself. It would be interesting to know what you think below.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annemarie Huijts
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 02:54:46

    I like your zendala very much. And also your explanation of the tangles.


    • dwhirsch
      Aug 10, 2012 @ 08:29:51

      Thank you. It’s rather nice when something serendipitous comes from Zentangle. Like that’s surprising. :)


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