I stay away from controversial subjects and negative issues on this blog.
At the risk of life and limb I am going to talk about something that might be considered controversial.
I have been doing what is now called Zentangles with the quilting on my quilts long before there was such a thing called Zentangles.
In this closeup you can see how I used a different filler design on each section, leaving the "Bolt" unquilted to make it stand out.
This is a closer view of one section of the quilt.
This quilt was made by dye painting a design and then overpainting the dye painted area with paints.
Using filler designs is not unique to me. Many quilters have used this way of working for a long time - even before the popularity of machine quilting.
Basically I see Zentangles as simply creating a design with open spaces and filling those empty spaces with a design. Correct me if I am wrong.
This shows the entire "Bolt Of Color" quilt.
The border was done with a piece of hand dyed fabric that related to the painting in the actual quilt design area.
The painted sections have been extended to divide the border into areas relative to those sections.
The quilting filler designs also are happening in the dark border areas, although they are not as easy to see.
Are Zentangles the result of someone taking a basic design idea, taught in many art classes, and capitalizing on it to make a lot of money?